Executive summary

The manual provides information about the legislative and regulatory requirements for licensed child care centres. It includes information on:

  • mandatory requirements as set out in the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014and Ontario Regulation 137/15
  • the rationale for requirements and why they are important in child care centres
  • special instructions to help child care centres understand and interpret the requirements
  • measures used to assess compliance with the requirements
  • recommendations for alternative ways of demonstrating compliance and for enhancing program quality


If you require this information in an alternative format, please contact information.met@ontario.ca. We will:

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  • provide you with the content within 15 business days