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Early Childhood Educators Act, 2007


Professional Misconduct

Historical version for the period June 19, 2008 to February 13, 2009.

Note:  This Regulation comes into force on the day subsection 33 (2) of Schedule 8 to the Budget Measures and Interim Appropriation Act, 2007 comes into force.  See:  O. Reg. 223/08, s. 4.  This day has been named as February 14, 2009.

No amendments.

This is the English version of a bilingual regulation.


1. In this Regulation,

“child” means a person under the age of 18 years; (“enfant”)

“guardian” includes a person, children’s aid society or corporation that has legal custody of the child; (“tuteur”)

“member” means a member of the College; (“membre”)

“profession” means the profession of early childhood education. (“profession”)  O. Reg. 223/08, s. 1.

Professional misconduct

2. The following conduct is defined as constituting professional misconduct for the purposes of clause 33 (2) (c) of the Act:

the practice of the profession

1. Contravening a term, condition or limitation imposed on the member’s certificate of registration.

2. Failing to supervise adequately a person who is under the professional supervision of the member.

3. Abusing physically, sexually, verbally, psychologically or emotionally a child who is under the member’s professional supervision.

4. Practising or purporting to practise the profession,

i. while under the influence of any substance, or

ii. while adversely affected by any illness or dysfunction,

which the member knows or ought reasonably to know impairs their ability to practise.

5. Practising the profession while the member is in a conflict of interest.

6. Releasing or disclosing information about a child who is under the member’s professional supervision to a person other than the child or the child’s parent or guardian except,

i. with the consent of a parent with lawful custody of the child or of the child’s guardian,

ii. as required or allowed by law, or

iii. in a review, investigation or proceeding under the Act in which the professional conduct, competency, or capacity of the member is in issue, but only to the extent reasonably required by the member or the College for the purposes of the review, investigation or proceeding.

7. Failing, without reasonable cause, to provide access to,

i. a record maintained by a member regarding a child, or

ii. such part or parts of a record as are reasonable in the circumstances,

to the child or the child’s parent or guardian.

8. Failing to maintain the standards of the profession.

9. Breaching a term of an agreement relating to,

i. the fees for professional services, or

ii. professional services for a child.

10. Acting or failing to act in a manner that, having regard to the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional.

representations about members and their qualifications

11. Providing false information or documents to the College or to any person with respect to the member’s professional qualifications.

12. Inappropriately using a term, title or designation in respect of the member’s practice. 

13. Permitting, counselling or assisting a person who is not a member to represent themself as a member.

14. Using a name, other than the member’s name as set out in the register, in the course of their professional duties. 

15. Failing to advise the College promptly of a change in the name used by the member in providing or offering to provide early childhood education services.

16. Signing or issuing, in the member’s professional capacity, a document that the member knows or ought to know contains a false, improper or misleading statement.

17. Falsifying a record relating to the member’s professional responsibilities.

miscellaneous matters

18. Failing to keep records as required by their professional duties.

19. Failing to comply with the Act, the regulations or by-laws.

20. Contravening a law, if the contravention is relevant to the member’s suitability to hold a certificate of registration.

21. Contravening a law, if the contravention has caused or may cause a child who is under the member’s professional supervision to be put at or remain at risk.

22. Conducting themself in a manner that is unbecoming a member.

23. Failing to appear before the Complaints Committee to be cautioned, if the Complaints Committee has required the member to appear under clause 31 (5) (c) of the Act.

24. Failing to comply with an order of the Discipline Committee or of the Fitness to Practise Committee.

25. Failing to co-operate in an investigation conducted by the College.

26. Failing to take reasonable steps to ensure that the requested information is provided in a complete and accurate manner, if the member is required to provide information to the College under the Act, regulations or by-laws.

27. Failing to comply with a written undertaking given by the member to the College or to carry out an agreement entered into by the member with the College.

28. Failing to respond adequately or within a reasonable time to a written inquiry from the College.  O. Reg. 223/08, s. 2.

Same, findings of misconduct in other jurisdictions

3. A finding of incompetence or professional misconduct or a finding of a similar nature against a member by a governing authority of the profession in a jurisdiction other than Ontario that is based on facts that would, in the opinion of the Discipline Committee, constitute professional misconduct under section 2 is defined as professional misconduct for the purposes of clause 33 (2) (c) of the Act.  O. Reg. 223/08, s. 3.

4. Omitted (provides for coming into force of provisions of this Regulation).  O. Reg. 223/08, s. 4.