Licensed First Nation Child Care Centres meet and maintain specific provincial standards set out in Ontario Regulation 137/15 General. These standards address items that affect quality in licensed child care centres, such as staff/child ratios, physical environment, staff qualifications, and children’s health and wellbeing.
The Child Care and Early Years Act 2014 (Bill 10)
- Learn about the new child care rules in Ontario: what providers and parents need to know
- Ontario regulations made under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014:
- CCEYA Self-test – Test your knowledge and understanding of provincial licensing requirements for child care centres and home child care agencies/premises by taking the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 Licensing Standards Self-Test.
- Proposed Regulatory Amendments under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014
- Minister’s Policy Statement on Programming and Pedagogy
- Affordable for All (3 downloads)
- Strengthening early years and child care in Ontario, 2020 report
- Growing Together: Ontario’s Early Years and Child Care Workforce Strategy
- Early Years and Child Care Annual Report 2020
- Workforce Study for Early Years and Child Care Employees
Licensed child care programs must meet and maintain specific provincial standards set out in the Child Care & Early Years Act, 2014. These standards provide for the health, safety and developmental needs of the children.
At least once a year, staff of the Ministry of Education make unannounced inspections of all licensed child care programs to:
- make sure that provincial standards are being met
- issue and renew licenses
- investigate complaints
- monitor operators who are having difficulty meeting licensing standards.
Licensing reports for all home-based and centre based licensed child care programs are available on the licensed child care finder.
Information for Licensees
- Child Care Licensing Checklist (19 downloads)
- Child Care Licensing Manual September 2019 (2 downloads)
- Before and Afterschool Program Licensing Guideline
- Before and Afterschool: What Parents Need to Know
- Sector Memo to Licensees – Fee Schedule
- Enforcement Fact Sheet
- Ratios Fact Sheet
- Serious Occurrence Fact Sheet
- Family Age Groupings (1 download)
- Expired Licenses (1 download)
- Tiered Licensing (1 download)
- Licensed Child Care First Nation Reference Sheet (3 downloads)
- First Nation Operational Guidance During COVID-19 Outbreak August 2021 (1 download)
Please download, print and post for your families & staff.
Licensed Child Care in Ontario
Child Care in Ontario
- Licensed Child Care Finder
- Licensing Kit
- The Early Years Portal – Child Care Licensing Resource Page
- Child Care licensees now have access to the E-Module: Putting How Does Learning Happen? into Practice: Program Expectations for Licensed Child Care. This E-Module will assist early years professionals to understand connections between How Does Learning Happen? and the new program related requirements under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014.
- Information on Child Care and the Early Years
The following Child Care Licensing System (CCLS) documents (posted on the above portal under the section “Getting Started with CCLS”) may be useful for the collaboration website:
- CCLS Registration Video for Licensed Child Care Programs – which demonstrates the step-by-step instructions for applicants, operators, Agency and Site designates to use CCLS.
- CCLS Registration Guide for Licensed Child Care Programs – which documents the step-by-step process to be used by existing operators, Agency and Site designates when registering for CCLS. It is used only once.
- CCLS Reference Guide for Applicants/Operators – which documents the step-by-step instructions for applicants, operators, Agency and Site designates to use CCLS
- Reporting a Serious Occurrence in CCLS – which demonstrates the step-by-step process to follow when reporting a serious occurrence.
All the documents/videos (and descriptions) are available on the Portal for download.