In 2015 the Day Nurseries Act was replaced with the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014, which modernized the legislative framework to reflect Ontario’s vision for the early years. It is this legislation under which child care in Ontario is governed. This framework is supported by a range of regulations which are now in effect:
The new legislation and regulations have resulted in changes to child care licensing, which is summarized in The New Child Care and Early Years Act: What Providers and Parents need to know. New licensing requirements can be found in the Child Care Centre Licensing Manual released by the Ministry in October 2015.
The Ontario Child Care and Family Support Program Service Management and Funding Guideline mandates the services that Children’s Services provides. It also identifies criteria for funding, guidelines for programing and reporting. The Guideline can be referenced for details of the Ministry funding formula and core service delivery.
How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years has been named in the Minister’s policy statement, as the provincial framework to guide programming and pedagogy in licensed child care settings across Ontario. This document builds on the guiding principles to support Ontario’s vision of high quality programs and services centred on the child and family. For more information and resources visit the Ministry of Education website.