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CHILD CARE LICENSING IN ONTARIO

Orientation Package
for

Prospective Child Care Operators

June 2008

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction
Child Care in Ontario Child Care Licensing in Ontario Role of the Operator The Director under the Day Nurseries Act Role of Program Advisors The Application Process Planning and Design Guidelines for Child Care Centres Obtaining a Licence Health Canada – Product Safety Program Duration of Licensing Process Types of Licences Child Care Licensing Website Child Care Service System Managers

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Summary of Licensing Requirements for Day Nurseries
Organization and Management Staff Qualifications Health Assessments and Immunization Number and Group Size Criminal Reference Checks Building and Accommodation Equipment and Furnishings Policies and Procedures Playground Requirements Inspections Insurance Requirements Fire Safety and Emergency Information Health and Medical Supervision Nutrition

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Behaviour Management Enrolment Records Program

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Summary of Licensing Requirements for Private-Home Day Care Agencies Organization and Management Numbers of Children Criminal Reference Checks Building and Accommodation Equipment and Furnishings Policies and Procedures Inspections Insurance Requirements Health and Medical Supervision Nutrition Behaviour Management Enrolment Records Program Health Assessments and Immunization

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Conclusion Glossary of Terms (Appendix 1) Things to Look Into Before Applying for a Licence to Operate a Day Nursery or a PrivateHome Day Care Agency (Appendix 2) Ministry of Children and Youth Services Regional Offices (Appendix 3) Child Care Service System Managers (Appendix 4)

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INTRODUCTION One of the goals of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services is to help support social and economic development in Ontario by investing in and supporting an affordable, accessible and accountable child care system which helps benefit children, their parents and caregivers, and the broader community. The early learning and child care system in Ontario should: • be accessible, affordable and inclusive • care for children in a safe, nurturing environment • foster early childhood development • help support early learning and readiness for school • be flexible and provide choice • support children and their families • provide appropriate standards of child care • provide supports for parents in financial need, who are employed, in training, or involved in other employment activities • support economic growth, and • work in partnership with others involved in Ontario’s early learning and child care system. This Orientation Package has been designed to provide individuals who are interested in obtaining a licence to operate either a day nursery (also known as child care centres) or a private-home day care agency in the Province of Ontario, with practical information and advice. The following information is included in this package: • the process for obtaining a licence • a summary of the licensing requirements to operate a day nursery or a private-home day care agency under the Day Nurseries Act • a glossary of terms (Appendix 1) • information to assist you in considering your decision to apply for a licence to operate either a day nursery or a private-home day care agency (Appendix 2) • a list of the Regional Offices of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (Appendix 3), and • a list of the Child Care Service System Managers responsible for planning and managing the delivery of child care services throughout Ontario (Appendix 4). 4

CHILD CARE IN ONTARIO
The child care system in Ontario consists of a range of services for families and their children, including licensed day nurseries and private-home day care which provide supports to children and their families. The Day Nurseries Act requires any...
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