BRIEFing NOTES

BRIEFing NOTES

Proposed changes to Canadian maternity and parental leave - October 2016

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Childcare Resource and Research Unit

Paid maternity leave was first introduced in Canada in 1971. Since that time, improving it has been discussed on a regular basis. The duration of family leave benefits increased considerably when parental leave was added in 1990 and increased in 2000 but outside Quebec, improvements in other areas have not been made.

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Proposed changes to child care regulations - Ontario 2016

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Childcare Resource and Research Unit
March 7, 2016
6pp

This BRIEFing NOTE updates a previous document titled Proposed changes to child care regulations - Ontario 2014. Like the previous version, this document is concerned with specific elements of child care regulations proposed by the Ontario government. These—like the 2014 proposals (which were withdrawn by the government following community objections)—would significantly affect provision of child care in Ontario.

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What does the research say about multi-age grouping for infants, toddlers and preschoolers?

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Childcare Resource and Research Unit
February 12, 2014
4pp

 

This BRIEFing NOTE is about multi-age grouping (also called mixed-age or family groupings) in early childhood programs. It is written to inform the dialogue about a proposal by the Ontario government to introduce regulations for multi-age grouping models in the province. It provides details and context for the proposals, briefly reviews pertinent research literature on multi-age grouping and examines how multi-age settings are regulated in other jurisdictions. The importance of ratios, group sizes and ECE training in multi-age grouping is explored.

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Characteristics of unregulated child care by province/territory

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Childcare Resource and Research Unit
November 29, 2013
3pp

 

All provinces/territories permit unregulated child care outside the child's home up to a maximum number of children; unregulated care arrangements are legal and permitted so long as they don't exceed the maximum number of children. The legal number of children allowed in unregulated child care is specified in provincial/territorial legislation, regulation or guidelines. Some jurisdictions have additional age specifications and several allow some unregulated group (centre) programs under some circumstances, for example for a limited number of hours a day.

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The $17.5 billion question: Has the Universal Child Care Benefit given families “choice in child care”?

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Martha Friendly
October 15, 2013
7pp

 

In 2006, the Conservative government cancelled funds for a national child care program. Instead a taxable $100 a month cheque mailed to families for each child age six and younger would deliver "choice in child care". Although the public cost of this Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) will reach $17.5 billion in 2014, the federal government has not assessed the effectiveness of the program.

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