The Home Child Care Association of Ontario (HCCAO) represents more than 70 Licensed Home Child Care Agencies which provide licensed, home-based early learning and child care in over 3,000 homes across Ontario.
Under existing legislation, Licensed Home Child Care Agencies and the individuals they contract with to provide home-based child care programs must follow all of the regulations contained within the province’s Child Care and Early Years Act. These provisions cover such areas as health and safety, program quality, nutrition, and police reference checks.
The HCCAO membership is committed to the well-being of children and has a strong interest in contributing to the dialogue about how child care programs for children are organized, delivered and regulated throughout the province. The HCCAO believes:
Licensing standards should apply to all home-based child care.
Legislated standards should apply to all home-based child care.
All children should have equal access to quality care.
Quality home-based care is achieved through the establishment of a minimum set of legislated standards that include: expectations regarding age-appropriate programming, developmentally appropriate supervision practices, minimum safety and health standards, regular inspections and mechanisms for enforcement, fair remuneration for caregivers, access to professional development and training, education and social support.