Child Care Rules in Ontario

Child care rules are changing on August 31, 2015, when the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014, comes into effect. This document answers key questions about how these changes will affect licensed and unlicensed child care providers in Ontario.http://www.ontario.ca/document/child-care-rules-child-care-and-early-years-act

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Guidelines

Parents:

Demonstrate respect for the caregiver, her work and her home.


Communicate with caregiver regularly and work in partnership with the caregiver around their goals for the child and the child's development and progress.

Advise caregiver of any changes/events in the family's life which may affect the child's well being or behaviour.

Comply with the policies of the family child care.

Provide any agreed upon items as needed (ie: clothing, diapers, food).

Advise caregiver as soon as possible if arrival or departure time will be earlier or later than usual.

Inform caregiver of any changes to contact information for parents and/or emergency contacts.
Advise caregiver where parents will be if not at the usual place of employment/study.

Bring concerns about their child or their child care arrangements to the caregivers attention.

Advise caregiver as soon as possible about any planned or unplanned absences from care.

Make all payments promptly.

Give caregiver the agreed upon notice if the child care arrangement is to end.


 

Providers:

Demonstrate respect for the family as the centre of the child's life and the parent's role as the primary influence in the child's life.

Provide quality care for the children including; a safe environment, nutritious meals and snacks, good hygiene practices, rest and fresh air, developmentally stimulating and appropriate activities, positive methods of child guidance and a warm caring environment.

Communicate with parents regularly and work in partnership with parents around their goals for the child's development and progress.

Be available to parents if there is anything related to the child or the childcare arrangements that they wish to discuss.

Bring any problems/concerns related to the child or the childcare arrangements to the parents attention.

Protect the confidentiality of the client - families.

Advise parents as soon as possible about any planned vacation time or unplanned absences (ie: illness, family crisis).

Advise parents about any increases in rates at least one month before the increase comes into effect.

Provide parents with a receipt for all child care payments.

Give parents the agreed upon notice if the daycare arrangement is to end.

Have a current Police and Vulnerable Sector Screening, and present it when meeting with parents.

Keep CPR and First Aid training updated at least every three years.