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. 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.
TORONTO, Sept. 20, 2013 /CNW/ -
Ontario has an effective system of licensed home child care. Working with Ontario's licensed child care agencies, Ontario can ensure that all non-family child care providers are monitored by a licensed home child care agency. 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. Ensuring that all providers are monitored by a licensed child care agency will dramatically improve the quality and safety of home child care arrangements.
The HCCAO also recommends that a public education campaign about licensed child care begin, and that the current complaint-based structure be maintained until a phased-in approach where all home child care is regulated. We acknowledge the work of the Ministry of Education Early Years Division and want to work with them to ensure that all child care is licensed.
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 standards should apply to all home-based child care.
- Legislated standards should apply to all home-based child care.
- 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.
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SOURCE: Home Childcare Association of Ontario
For further information:
Marni Flaherty, President of the Home Child Care Association of Ontario 905 574 9344 ext. 115.
Home Child Care Association of Ontario
756 Ossington Avenue, Toronto ON M6G 3T9
Phone: 416-233-1506 Fax: 416-530-1924 firstname.lastname@example.org