Validators and Moderators
The success and credibility of Accreditation of Early Learning and Care Services are dependent upon the performance of child care professionals who are engaged in the external assessment or validation of child care programs that participate in the accreditation process. Accreditation Validators are the child care professionals performing the site visit on a daily basis.
Accreditation depends upon the Validators and Moderators to assure the objectivity and quality of accreditation of licensed and contracted child care programs in Alberta. They are experienced professionals in early child care and education committed to the advancement of quality child care services.
Validators conduct site visits, gather, rate and score evidence. They complete observations on interactions between children and caregivers; and review the environment, as well as, documents and policies, which support the programs practice. Validators will request clarification regarding evidence they gather during the site visit.
Moderators complete a quality assurance step of the assessment conducted by the Validators. The Moderator writes the Accreditation Feedback Report and confirms the recommendation of the Validator to the accreditation agency.
Annual contract positions are provided to a selected number of potential individuals in February. However, there is a vigorous screening and training process involved in becoming a Validator or Moderator for Accreditation of Early Learning and Care Services. Accreditation has ongoing expectations for contractors to have current education and understanding of early learning and care as part of their eligibility for contracts.
Conflict of Interest
Validators that conduct site visits and Moderators that complete the quality assurance step are required to disqualify themselves from a review of a child care program if they are:
- Employed or have been employed at the child care program
- Familiar with a child care program
- Know any practitioners of the child care program
- Perceived as a conflict by the child care program