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Nova Scotia review of regulated child care

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Province of Nova Scotia
Publication Date: 
30 Mar 2016



Learning does not start on the first day of school. Research shows that the early years are the most important years in a child’s development. It is a critical stage that has a significant impact on their future long-term health, growth and well-being.

For far too long, early learning and child care have been misunderstood, ignored and under-funded in Nova Scotia. There has never been, until now, an in-depth examination of our regulated child care sector in this province. 

In January 2015, the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development began an extensive review to provide a clearer picture of the strengths and the areas of concern within the sector. The review focussed on five key areas:

  • Accessibility of child care for families;
  • Affordability of child care programs;
  • Quality of the programming;
  • Support and development of the workforce;
  • Structure and governance of the system.