About the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (CCEYA)

In Ontario, child care providers must follow the rules set out in the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (CCEYA) and its regulations. The CCEYA sets out the standards, rules and regulations that must be met to ensure the safety and well-being of children. The act applies to:

  • licensed child care centres
  • licensed home child care agencies
  • unlicensed child care providers
  • home child care providers that are overseen by a licensed agency
  • providers of in-home services that are overseen by a licensed agency
  • authorized recreational and skill building programs

This act does not apply to:

  • camps that only care for children four years old and older
  • nannies or babysitters that provide care to children from one family in the children's home
  • relatives that provide care for children
  • programs with a primary purpose of academic study or skill-based recreation
  • private schools that only care for children four years old and older

Find out more information about the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014.

The CCEYA came into effect on August 31, 2015 and replaced the Day Nurseries Act.

Requirements for licensed child care settings

All licensed child care settings must:

  • meet all provincial requirements set out under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (CCEYA), such as:
    • maintaining staff to child ratios
    • ensuring compliance with health and safety standards and building code
    • nutrition (for example, provision of meals, posting of menus and allergies)
    • health and medical supervision (for example, immunization, serious occurrence reporting, anaphylaxis policies, administration of medication)
    • programming for children (for example, parent handbook, program statement, rest and play periods, individual support plans)
    • staff qualifications and screening (for example, supervision, program staff, first aid, registered early childhood educator qualifications, vulnerable sector check)
    • emergency preparedness (for example, emergency contact information, fire safety procedures)
    • administration (for example, insurance, children's records and attendance)
  • have a program statement that aligns with How does learning happen? the Ministry of Education's framework that supports pedagogy and program development

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Rules related to covid 19

Child care and early years programs must also meet enhanced health and safety protocols outlined by the Ministry of Education and the local public health unit.

We have developed guidance for operating during covid 19 for:

Learn about the enhanced health and safety requirements.

Test your knowledge on the CCEYA

Take the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 self-test to test your knowledge and understanding of Ontario's licensing requirements for child care centres.

Take the self-test for supervisors and licensees.

Take the self-test for child care staff and public.

Access the child care licensing system

All licensing activity, like submitting a serious occurrence or requesting a revision to your licence, must be done in the Child Care Licensing System.

To access the Child Care Licensing System (CCLS), login using your One-key ID.

Learn how to navigate the CCLS and perform key functions.

Resources

The following resources provide guidance on operating a licensed child care program and may be helpful to new applicants, existing licensees, service system managers and First Nations:

Additional resources, such as sample policies, are available in the “Tools and Resources” section of the Child Care Licensing System.

Forms

Here are some of the forms you might need when operating a child care program.

Exemptions for immunizations

Staff and parents can apply for medical exemptions for immunizations. Download the statement of medical exemption.

Staff and parents can apply for religious or conscience exemptions for immunizations. Download the statement of conscience or religious belief.

Declare an offence

Child care licensees can use this form to meet provincial requirements for offence declarations. Download the sample offence declaration form.

Child care licensees can use this form to meet provincial requirements for offence declarations for people who provide care and are:

  • employed or contracted by an outside organization, for example a special needs resource consultation or bus driver
  • employed or contracted by an individual, for example a speech and language pathologist contracted with a parent

Download a sample offence declaration for other persons providing child care or services to a child in a child care centre.

Attestation

Child care licensees can use this form to meet provincial requirements for attestations for people who provide care and are:

  • employed or contracted by an outside organization, for example a special needs resource consultation or bus driver
  • employed or contracted by an individual, for example a psychiatrist contracted with a parent

Download a sample attestation for other persons providing child care or services to a child in a child care centre.

Updated: August 06, 2021
Published: August 05, 2021