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ontario website for official childcare info
« on: May 03, 2008, 05:19:15 PM »

As a parent, you want to choose the kind of care that will help your child learn and grow. You want your child to be safe and happy.

Finding the right kind of care for your child can take time and effort. The child care search tool is designed to provide parents with information about licensed child care in Ontario. Parents can search for care by city, postal code, type of program, age group, program name, operator name or language of service delivery. We've created this web page to help you:

search for a licensed child care program near you; and
find detailed information about a specific licensed child care program.
To start your search, please click the "FIND LICENSED CHILD CARE" button on the left side of this web page.

What you need to know about licensed child care in Ontario
Licensed child care programs - whether home-based child care associated with a licensed agency, or centre-based child care - have to meet and maintain provincial standards. These standards are set out in the Day Nurseries Act . The standards help program operators to meet the health, safety, and developmental needs of the children in their care.

The Ministry of Children and Youth Services staff make unannounced inspections of all licensed child care programs. Program advisors, in some regions called licensing specialists, inspect child care programs to assess whether the operator is meeting the requirements of the legislation. Inspections are done before:

issuing a licence to a new child care program; and
renewing an existing licence.
Licence renewals are done at least annually. Before any licence can be renewed, ministry staff will inspect the program.

Ministry staff also make unannounced visits to licensed child care programs to:

investigate complaints; and
monitor operators who are having difficulty complying with the licensing standards.
When is "illegal" child care investigated?
Ministry staff investigate complaints from the public about a person who may be taking care of more than five unrelated children under the age of 10 without a licence. It is an offence under the Day Nurseries Act to provide care to more than five children without a licence. The ministry can prosecute people who provide child care without a licence. If convicted of the offence of providing child care without a licence, a person can be fined up to $2,000 per day.

It is also an offence to provide private-home day care at more than one location without a licence. Persons providing private home day care at more than one location without a licence can be prosecuted by the ministry and if convicted can be fined up to $2,000 per day.


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