The Casual Caregiver Pilot Program has been created by the Department of Education. The purpose of the program is to address concerns identified by child care service providers with obtaining qualified caregivers to work casually at their child care centre due to a lack of qualified caregivers residing in a region and due to unique geographical and market related challenges such as the COVID 19 pandemic.
What is a Casual Caregiver? A Casual Caregiver is a temporary employee hired for a limited duration and reports to work at a child care centre to replace caregivers who are absent. Absences can include, but are not limited to, unexpected appointments, school closures, illness or emergency situations and no other qualified caregiver is available. A Casual Caregiver is not a full-time or part-time employee who is considered to be part of the regular caregiver to child ratio and is not typically assigned to a consistent homeroom in a child care centre.
To become a Casual Caregiver an individual will need to complete the online Casual Caregiver Module through AECENL. The Casual Caregiver Module is free of charge and the application form can be found on this webpage. Once the form is completed it is to be submitted by e-mail to the AECENL office at firstname.lastname@example.org . When AECENL receives the completed Casual Caregiver Module Application Form the office will e-mail the applicant their personal username and password along with information required to complete the online Casual Caregiver Module. After the individual completes the Casual Caregiver Module they are to print off the certificate of completion and submit the certificate to the child care centre’s Licensee/Administrator to be submitted with the child care centre’s Casual Caregiver Pilot Program Application or to the regional office where the child care centre’s Casual Caregiver Pilot Program Application has already been submitted. The Casual Caregiver Module is to be completed and submitted annually.
Link to the Casual Caregiver Pilot Program policies