Description from the Ministry of Education:
The purpose of this document is to seek feedback on proposed regulatory changes under the Day Nurseries Act and the Early Childhood Educators Act, 2007 to support the Government of Ontario's child care modernization agenda.
On December 3, 2013 the government introduced Bill 143, the Child Care Modernization Act, 2013 that, if passed, would amend three Acts. The legislation, if passed, would repeal and replace the Day Nurseries Act with the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2013 - a new, modernized legislative framework that would govern the provision of child care and early years programs and services. The proposed legislation would help to achieve the vision articulated by the government.
While work is underway to seek approval of the transformation of the legislative framework for the child care and early years system, in the near-term, the government is proposing to use its existing authority to make regulatory changes in support of the priority areas of quality, health, safety and flexibility as an early step to support the proposed broad system transformation.
The document seeks feedback from stakeholders and the public on a series of potential regulatory changes to Regulation 262 under the Day Nurseries Act, that would, if approved, address three priority areas: program quality; access and flexibility; and health and safety.
To complement changes to Regulation 262, the government is proposing to add a new regulation under the Early Childhood Educators Act, 2007 (ECEA) to reflect feedback received following the release of the 2013 discussion paper on the ECEA review regarding the composition of the Council of the College of Early Childhood Educators.
All interested parties including early learning, education, child care sector partners, parents/guardians, service system managers, First Nations, and other stakeholders are encouraged to provide input to the ministry.
Feedback can be provided in one of three ways:
1. By using the comments field which appears when the "Comment on this proposal via email" field is accessed below.
2. By email: Feedback in document format may be emailed to the following: CCGE_modernization@ontario.ca
3. Feedback can be provided by regular mail to the following address:
Child Care Modernization
c/o Early Years Division
Ministry of Education
900 Bay Street, 24th floor Mowat Block
Toronto, ON M7A 1L2