To meet the needs of a growing province, the Government of Saskatchewan is encouraging residents to consider the idea of operating a licensed child care business right in their own home.
“As part of our government’s Plan for Growth, we are committed to increasing the number of quality early learning and child care opportunities in Saskatchewan,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said. “Grant money, professional supports and training opportunities are all being offered to assist new licensed home-based child care providers get their business started.”
The results of a recent survey of existing licensed home-based child care providers in Saskatchewan shows that people may not be aware of the many government supports available to them. Under the Canada-Saskatchewan Early Learning and Child Care Agreement, funding has been provided for the creation of new licensed child care home spaces in Saskatchewan.
Caregivers who would like to start a licensed home-based child care business in Saskatchewan have access to:
- grant money to help with start-up and food costs;
- training and workshops;
- assistance from educated child care consultants; and
- inclusion in government materials provided to parents seeking child care.
Whether it be stay-at-home parents, retirees or those who simply like working with kids, not commuting to work or the idea of owning their own business, there are plenty of Saskatchewan residents who might do well as a licensed child care provider, but have never considered it.
“I have been able to stay home and raise my daughter, and have an interesting career at the same time,” licensed home-based child care provider Katherine Pulice said. “This is the most rewarding job I have ever had. Every child in your care is unique. Every day is different. This is a job that is never, ever boring.”
Details on grants available, training, eligibility and how to apply can be found on the Government of Saskatchewan website at https://www.saskatchewan.ca/business/entrepreneurs-start-or-exit-a-business/start-a-business/managing-a-child-care-business/start-a-licensed-family-child-care-home.