Licensed child care programs may be found in a child care centre or school-based setting or a private home. These programs are licensed by the Ministry of Education and must meet the requirements of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014. The Act covers health and safety standards and specific requirements including staff-child ratios, nutrition, activities, play spaces and sleeping arrangements.
Licensed child care providers are regulated and inspected by the Provincial Government. As well, the Region of Peel, school boards and the Province work together to support licensed providers to deliver programs that make children feel safe, supported and cared for. Quality licensed programs offer stimulating environments that help children ages 0 – 12 years develop and grow.
Licensed child care benefits your child in many ways through:
In addition to annual provincial inspections and compliance with fire and health regulations, many licensed child care providers in Peel demonstrate a commitment to quality through ongoing professional development and participating in quality enhancement and inclusion initiatives such as Raising the Bar and Peel Inclusion Resource Services (PIRS).
All licensed child care providers in Peel are listed in the Child Care Finder, a directory maintained by the Child Development Resource Connection Peel (CDRCP).
Children with special needs or identified as needing extra support who attend, or plan to attend licensed child care in Peel are eligible to receive support through Peel Inclusion Resource Services (PIRS).
Eligible families can receive fee subsidies through the Region of Peel so that their child can participate in licensed child care. Eligibility is based on income level and reason for care.