TORONTO, Feb. 27, 2014 /CNW/ - In response to recent tragedies in unlicensed home child care settings,
The Home Child Care Association of Ontario (HCCAO) is calling on the
provincial government to require all child care providers in Ontario to
meet current minimum licensing standards. Although the causes of these
tragedies have not been released, The Association further calls for a
commitment from the provincial government to increase the number of
licensed child care spaces available to meet the needs of families
across the province. The Home Child Care Association of Ontario is
aware that the vast majority of children in Ontario are in unregulated,
unlicensed child care. Bill 143 represents a very important step
forward to increasing the basic safety standards for these children.
The HCCAO considers passage of Bill 143 as essential to the
modernization process and to achieving the Government of Ontario's
commitment to increasing the quality of early learning and care
programs and services.
The HCCAO represents more than 70 Licensed Home Child Care Agencies,
providing licensed, home-based early learning and child care to more
than 60 000 children in over 3000 homes across Ontario. Under
existing legislation, Licensed Home Child Care Agencies and the
individuals they contract with to provide home-based child care
programs must follow all of the regulations contained within the
province's Day Nurseries Act (DNA). These provisions cover such areas
as health and safety, program quality, nutrition, and police reference
In Ontario, many individuals care for children in their home without
being affiliated with a licensed home child care agency. These
individuals provide "unlicensed" care and are not required to meet
legislative standards, with the exception of the provision dealing with
the number of children in their care.
Under the Day Nurseries Act, unlicensed child care providers may care
for a maximum of five children in addition to their own children.
Licensed home child care providers are restricted to providing care to
no more than five children, including their own children under the age
of 6, and are also subject to the following restrictions: no more than
two children may be under 2 years of age and no more than three
children may be under 3 years.
The HCCAO membership is committed to the well-being of children and has
a strong interest in contributing to the dialogue about how child care
programs for children are organized, delivered and regulated throughout
the province. The HCCAO believes:
Licensing and legislative standards should apply to all home-based child
All children should have equal access to quality care.
Quality home-based care is achieved through the establishment of a
minimum set of legislated standards that include: expectations
regarding age-appropriate programming, developmentally appropriate
supervision practices, minimum safety and health standards, regular
inspections and mechanisms for enforcement, fair remuneration for
caregivers, access to professional development and training, education
and social support.
Promoting, developing and supporting Home-Based Child Care Services for
families through Licensed Agencies
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SOURCE: Home Childcare Association of Ontario
For further information:
Marni Flaherty, President of the HCCAO 905 906 0030