The Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014: Phase Two Regulations

On May 9, 2016, the Ministry of Education filed new and revised regulations under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 with the Ontario registrar. The new rules will take effect at varying effective dates, starting July 1 ,2016.

Ontario regulations made under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (CCEYA):

Regulations amended under the Education Act:

Webinars for child care licensees (information on the new requirements):

Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 and Education Act: Phase 2 Regulations Webinar

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Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 and Ontario Regulation 137/15: Home Child Care Webinar

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Frequently asked questions (FAQs) for child care licensees:

What is changing under the phase two regulations?

Phase two regulations focus on a number of key areas:

Reduced Ratios

Infant programs
No changes; no reduced ratios permitted.

Licensed Full day programs
Effective September 1, 2017, one change: up to 90 minutes after the centre opens and one hour before the centre closes, a ratio of employees to children may be reduced to not less than two-thirds of the required ratio.

Licensed Programs that Operate Less than Six Hours
Effective September 1, 2017, up to half an hour after centre opens and half an hour before centre closes, a ratio of employees to children may be reduced to not less than two-thirds of the required ratio, as per existing policy.

Outdoor play
Effective August 29, 2016, no reduced ratios permitted across all age groups, as per existing policy.

New Program Requirements

Effective January 1, 2017, programs that offer a before- and/or after-school program are required to include at least 30 minutes of outdoor time each day.

Before and After School Programs

Changes to the existing regulation on extended day and third party programs. This will support the delivery of before-and after-school programs for 4-12 year olds; including authorized recreational and skill building programs for 6-12 years olds, provided they meet specific programming requirements and standards.

Before- and After-School Policies and Guidelines for School Boards

Authorized Recreation

Allow authorized recreation providers to offer up to 3 hours of programming once a day on week days if they meet prescribed criteria.

Enforcement

Applying administrative penalties to additional contraventions of the Act; and focusing specific administrative penalties and enforcement on contraventions which pose the highest risk to children.

Licensing

Increasing the maximum term of a child care licence from one to two years.

Licensing Fees

Changing child care licensing fee schedules for new licences, renewals, and revisions.

Licensing Standards

  • Removing the caseload cap for home visitors employed by a licensed home child care agency with the ministry maintaining an oversight/regulatory role
  • Improving key health and safety standards including sleep monitoring, playground safety and serious occurence reporting

Service System Management and Funding

Clarifying the powers and duties of service system managers; and providing adequate transition times for service system managers to develop service plans.

Other Changes

Implementing a new requirement for after school programs to provide a minimum of 30 minutes of outdoor time, and for authorized recreation programs to offer 60 minutes of active play.