Response to regulatory posting related to the Child Care and Early Years Act 2014

May 11, 2015

Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care

We are writing in response to the Regulatory Registry Posting related to the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (CCEYA) and the work of the Minister of Education’s Early Years Advisory Committee. We wish to share our concerns not only about the few regulatory proposals contained in this posting, but more broadly to express our unease with the current approach to developing these regulations, and the absence of broader action to address the child care crisis in this province.

The Ontario government has articulated a vision for early years in the province. It is reiterated in this most recent regulatory posting: “to ensure that Ontario’s children and families are well supported by a system of responsive, accessible and increasingly integrated early years programs and services.” This is an admirable vision and one that we share. What is the government’s plan to make this vision a reality? We need a clear and focused action plan with targets and timetables to move from this grand vision to concrete child care system change.

Read the full response in PDF.

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commented 2015-06-23 10:06:00 -0400 · Flag
After reading the full response to these, rightly stated, “watered down regulations” that seem to be more of an appeasement when there are those who are striving for a real change that must happen. Yes, educators should receive more pay and have adequate supports in the classroom to integrate all children and provide a multidisciplinary and holistic environment; given my experience there needs to be higher accreditation for ECEs (i.e. 4 yr BA for ECEs/ 2 yr diploma for ECAs). It is a reoccurring issue that there are those who enter the field for convenience rather than passion. There needs to be a way for us to monitor quality and by socializing educators through education we can produce the quality that we strive for; in the same way we put that sort of intent on caring for children. That way those who do not have a passion refrain from working with children thus refraining from providing less than equitable child care services. The unfortunate truth is that if they decided to take jobs in a factory where no formal schooling or educational background needed they still have higher entry wages than our sector. We are professionals and need to be regarded as such. Which means putting more into our learning in addition to CPL to compete with wages within the school board and give more accountability to non-profit organizations.

I am a third year early childhood leadership student at George Brown College and I am currently completing an internship to enter into my fourth and final year. Mid way through writing this response I had a conversation with my internship supervisor about what I had been writing that sprung from the subject of the differences in educational institutions. In my personal and professional opinion, there needs to be a more collaborative and holistic approach to these ‘stages of change’, this sector should operate like no other, we should stand out from the rest so that we can stand out to government officials like a sore thumb to initiate the change we need to see. Here in Ontario we are capable of so much more than the condition of the sector despite the current developments and it is time for a change to come.

~Jenessa, RECE