Huffington Post: Feb 27, 2014
“Ontario's Education Ministry has confirmed that a four-month-old boy who died on Valentine's Day was in the care of an unlicensed daycare operating in northwest Toronto”. The cause of death has not been released.
“Current rules allow up to five children who are not related to the caregiver in an unregulated home daycare. Many unlicensed day cares operate out of homes of their clients' friends and neighbours and many provide a high standard of care.”
Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care’s coordinator Andrea Calver said “deaths like this highlight a greater problem in child care: too much demand and not enough licensed daycare spaces, forcing parents to turn to home day cares.”
Calver said on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning: "This isn't really a criminal issue". We need to look at why children are in unlicensed childcare. Most parents would choose a childcare that had rules, regulations, trained staff and yet 80 per cent of children are in unlicensed childcare. There are no rules. Anyone can open one."
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