Accreditation of Early Learning and Care Services provides an annual contract for a select number of Validators each year.


  • Diploma or degree in early learning and care that would qualify for an Alberta Children's Services Child Development Supervisor certificate.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Observe, read, analyze, synthesize, and write concise, factual observations.
  • Recognize objective observations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Alberta child care system - centre based and contracted family day home agency services.
  • Have a commitment to the accreditation process and to quality improvement of child care services. 
  • Be professional , ethical, objective, and unbiased in their observations of the child care program, based on differences in philosophies and approaches in child care and early education.
  • Demonstrate ability to work collaboratively as a team.
  • Relate observations and evidence to general criteria and indicators
  • Communicate orally and in writing
  • Be willing to travel within Alberta, given this contract is of a provincial scope.


  • Observe and record concise and factual observations of the interactions between children and caregivers.
  • Score the evidence gathered by the child care program according to the indicators of the Accreditation Standards. 

If you are interested in becoming a Validator, click here to complete the Validator Application form.  Please submit the application form and provide a cover letter, resume, and two letters of reference, along with a copy of your Child Development Supervisor certficate.

Send completed application package to

Potential Validators will be contacted by phone or be requested to have an in-person interview with the Executive Director, or designate.  Upon successful completion of the interview process, the potential Validator will be invited to attend a Validator Training.

There is no cost for Validator Training, except for travel costs to attend.  Attending and completing the training is mandatory in order to be considered to become a Validator.  Attending the training does not guarantee a contract with Accreditation of Early Learning and Care Services.

Successful Validators will be offered a contract with Accreditation of Early Learning and Care Services, and will be required to complete a minimum of three mentored site visits in order to sustain their contract.