Yes! Olio is provincially licensed by the Fraser Health Authority.
Basically there are three licensing designations in BC. First, License Not Required (LNR) daycare are usually stay at home parents who are legally allowed to care for 2 other children or a sibling group that are not related to the care provider. LNR's are not licensed or regulated, and care providers do not need to possess any special education or training. Second, the Licensed Family Child Care/In-home Multiage Childcare (LFCC) designation allows care-providers to care for up to 7 children at a time. Care-providers are required to complete one course in Early Childhood Education (ECE). Such facilities are inspected annually by Fraser-Health. Finally, the Licensed Group Childcare designation has several sub-types under its umbrella, all of which have more stringent safety regulations such as installing hardwired fire alarms (if one goes off they all go off). Also, care providers must have completed an ECE Certificate Program and be fully registered with the provincial ECE registry. Group Childcare (3-5yrs) care for 8 children at a time; Group Childcare (0-36mos) care for 4 children at a time, and Multi-age Childcare care for 8 children at a time with no more than 3 children under than age of 3. Olio is licensed under the "Group Childcare" designation as "Multi-age".
First, Childcare Subsidy Program as well as the new Childcare Fee Reduction Initiative provide supplemental credits based on a sliding scale with Licensed Group Childcare centres receiving the maximum dollar amounts. So parents eligible for Childcare Subsidy would receive either $750, $635, or $550 based on the age group. In contrast, parents enrolled in a "family childcare" centre would be only eligible for $600, $600, or $550. Similarly, as a Licensed Group Childcare facility, we have been able to reduce our fees by $350 for children up to 36 months, and $100 for 3-5 yr olds, using the current Government's Childcare Fee Reduction Initiative. In contrast, Family Childcare facilities are only eligible for a reduction of $200 for children 36 months and under, and $60 for children aged 3-5 yrs.
In British Columbia Childcare and Daycare simply refer to care that is provided for over 4 hours/day. Preschool simply refers to care that is provider for 4 hours or less/day. Some Group Childcare centres may advertise that they have a "built-in" preschool program to entice parents. However, in BC the Preschool designation simply refers to the hours in a day that a centre provides care.
I would not suggest it. Decades of research support the opinion that academically vigorous programs are not necessary and can actually be harmful for young children. Instead, programs for young children should focus on developing social skills, emotional regulation, and the precursor skills to academics (i.e. developing finger strength by playing with play-doh),
Both teaching philosophies fall under the Emergent Curriculum umbrella. Basically, the curriculum unfolds in a way that reflects the interests of children. Rather than restricting ourselves with one approach, we apply best practices from a diverse set of teaching philosophies in order to address the diverse needs of different children. Parents should be warned that the terms "Montessori" or "Reggio Emilia" are buzzwords often used to to create an sense of elitism. At least in BC, there are no actual requirements for becoming "Montessori Certified".
Yes we have! As of April,, 2018 less than half of licensed childcare centres in BC have opted in to the optional program, and even fewer have been approved. Our approval status means that we are able to pass the savings on to parents by reducing our overall rates, which are reflected in the Rates section of our website.
Yup! I (Jimmy) own and operate Olio 5 days a week. As per regulation, licensed Group childcare centres require 1 ECE per 8 children. The ratio for Infant/Toddler care is 1 ECE per 4 children.