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 can be accessed through the links below:
- Reg. 137/2015: General
- Reg. 138/2015: Funding, Cost Sharing and Financial Assistance
Child Care Rules under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (CCEYA) provides a summary of the legislation and regulations. Details on licensing requirements and information about licensed child care can be accessed on the Ministry of Education website.
The Ontario Child Care and EarlyON Child and Family Centres Service Management and Funding Guideline 2021 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 centered on the child and family. For more information and resources visit the Ministry of Education website.