No more than 3 children under the age of 2 years. (From birth to the day before their 2nd birthday)
No matter how many adults are in the daycare there can be no more than 5 daycare children
Providers own children count until the age of 4 years old
The provider MUST disclose in writing that she is NOT LICENSED (affiliated with a licensed agency). The clients MUST sign this form/letter stating that they are aware of this. The disclosure must say: “This child care program is not licensed by the Government of Ontario.” in this exact wording
A provider MUST provide receipts. Receipts MUST be provided in a timely manner if requested. If a receipt is not requested it MUST be given/up in the mail no later then Feb 28th
Providers MUST allow parents/guardians access to the premises and their child (with specific exceptions)
How many children can a home child care provider care for?
A licensed home child care provider can care for a maximum of 6 children under the age of 13
An unlicensed child care provider can care for a maximum of 5 children under the age of 13
Does a provider have to count their own children?
Yes. Both licensed home child care providers and unlicensed providers must count their own children under the age of 4
Are there age restrictions for the children a home child care provider can care for? Yes. Both licensed and unlicensed child care providers must:
Count their own children under the age of 4
Care for a maximum of only 3 children under the age of 2 (including their own children)
Can a home child care provider care for more children if another adult is present?
The maximum number of children applies regardless of the number of adults in the home
The Ministry of Education is working on a regulation that would allow two (2) licensed providers to work together with a max of 12 daycare children
What other new requirements will take effect?
An unlicensed provider must inform parents that they are unlicensed in writing (either hard-copy or electronic). A provider must keep proof of their disclosure for two years. The disclosure must say: “This child care program is not licensed by the Government of Ontario.”
All providers, both licensed and unlicensed, are required to provide receipts for payment of services upon request
With specific exceptions, all providers, both licensed and unlicensed, are required to allow parental access to the premises and their child
An unlicensed provider cannot operate in more than one location
The Ministry of Education Inspectors can, but are not limited to:
The clients personal contact information (given above), even after care is no longer being provided
To view and copy all contracts, forms and other paperwork regarding all children registered to the daycare. Even after care is no longer being provided
They can contact the clients for questioning regarding the provider and home daycare in general. Even after care is no longer being provided
They can take photos, video and record audio of anyone in the daycare/home. (This includes the children and the clients)
They can show up unannounced anytime
Waiting Lists and the law
It is now illegal for licensed centres and licensed home daycare agencies to charge a "waiting list fee" or "waiting list deposit". This law is now in place because licensed centres and licensed home daycare agencies where charging non-refundable fees for a not guaranteeing/giving a spot to families. Basically they where stealing from families.
This law doesn't include private home daycare's as private home daycare's don't charge a fee to go on there waiting lists.
Please note that these fees are NOT to be mix up with a deposit/enrolment fee for care that is guaranteed.
what happens if someone doesn't follow the rules?
Contraventions of the Act and its regulations could lead to administrative penalties, and/or convictions that could include fines. The Ministry of Education will typically take progressive measures, such as compliance orders, as appropriate, before issuing a penalty. Administrative penalties would increase based on the length of the violation, and previous violations.
For instance, if a provider has more than the permitted number of children in care, the penalty would start at $2,000 per child per day. In addition to financial penalties, the ministry will post on their website when a child care provider has been issued a compliance order, administrative penalty, protection order and/or restraining order.
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Hours of Operation
Regular Hours: 8:00am to 4:00pm Extended Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm Extended Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm Extra Extended Hours: 7:30am to 5:00pm