York Region police are investigating the death of a two year old Toronto toddler that occurred on the evening of Monday, July 8, 2013 at a Vaughan unlicensed home daycare.
When officials arrived, there were 27 children present. City buses were required to evacuate children from the home daycare. According to the York Region Public Health Services, health investigators identified seven health and safety infractions at the daycare, including failing to implement infection prevention, failing to provide a hand-wash basin and unsafe food conditions. The child was declared dead at the scene. A cause of death has yet to be released. No arrests or charges have been made as of yet but the owners were ordered to close the daycare.
Unfortunately, more tragedies are inevitable if Ontario continues to permit unlicensed, unregulated child care. Ontario needs to make a change to prioritize our children’s care.
To read more, please visit the following links:
OCBCC Letter to Minister Liz Sandals, July 12: OCBCC letter to Minister Sandals July 12 2013
Home Child Care Association Statement, July 12: Home Child Care Assocation press release July 12 2013
Response from Ontario's Ministry of Education: Ministry of Education Posting and Minister of Education Liz Sandals Statement
NDP Calls on Ontario Ombudsman to investigate Ministry response to complaints, July 12: NDP Letter to Ontario Ombudsman