Licensed Home Daycare: What Credentials and Certifications Should They Have?

licensed home daycare in TorontoStill unsure about the impact of the new Child Care and Early Years Act on your child?  You’re not alone. There’s been a lot of confusion about how the legislation affects Toronto’s licensed home daycares, and we’re here to clarify. We’ll show you the main credentials and certifications a licensed home daycare should have here in Toronto.

Ontario’s new standards for licensed Home Daycare

Here’s what’s behind that green “Licensed by Ontario Ministry of Education” decal:

  • Vulnerable sector screening: All licensed home daycare and agency staff must be screened for criminal convictions. It’s an obligatory part of working with vulnerable children, and you’re saved the trouble of conducting this check yourself. Updated every 5 years, with a mandatory annual offence declaration, it’s a reassuring guarantee that those caring for your child have clean records.
  • First Aid training: It can be hard leaving your child with others, but knowing they’re fully equipped to handle emergencies will take away some of that worry. All licensed providers must undergo Pediatric First Aid with child and infant CPR training. On top of this, they are required to have a clear, straightforward process for notifying you of any incident or accident affecting the health and safety of your child.
  • Program Statement: Home Daycare is a place for your child to play and learn. To facilitate this, their days should be structured and stimulating. And that’s why the Ontario Ministry of Education requires licensed home daycare providers to publish a program statement in line with the province’s “How Does Learning Happen?” report. It’s a compilation of the latest research on early childhood learning and development, so compliance with these guidelines sets a high standard for your child’s curriculum. When considering Home Daycare options, it’s a good idea to have a look at their Program Statement to see if it’s a match for your child.
  • Qualified staff: Licensed home daycare providers in Toronto are not strictly required to have any formal qualifications related to childcare. Many are mothers with a love of children— which can’t be taught. But qualifications and formal training can prove a real enhancement to Home Daycare. Look out for credentials like a Diploma in Early Childhood Education or a Bachelor in Early Learning Development. And ask about any ongoing educational development courses.

There’s nothing more important than knowing your child is safe and well cared for. And awareness of regulatory childcare standards can go some way to giving you peace of mind. J&F has worked with Toronto’s best home daycare providers since 1979. We take our responsibility to you and your child seriously—that’s what’s kept us in business so long. We ensure that our licensed home daycare providers don’t just meet Ontario’s regulatory standards, they exceed them.

So if you’re searching for exceptional daycare, fill out our parents application form or speak to our friendly Childcare experts by calling 416-494-5898 today.