Proposed Child Care Regulation Changes

On December 19, 2013, Minister of Education proposed regulatory changes, which are subject to a 45 day comment period.

The proposed regulation changes directly affect children, communities, RECEs and child care centres.

By completing the short survey, we can gain a better understanding on how the child care community feels about the proposed changes to ratios, mixed groupings and staffing.

4. Do you have any further comments on any of the proposed regulation changes?






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  • Jan Blaxall
    answered 2014-02-15 16:43:09 -0500
    Q: 4. Do you have any further comments on any of the proposed regulation changes?


    A: I am not sure whether the proposed changes are to be in effect for the entire day, but I would recommend that they be so. It is not good practice to reduce ratios at any time of the day, and particularly not at arrival, departure or over the lunch and rest time, when children are even more likely to experience stress and need additional support or when adequate RECE’s should be present to maintain communications and relationships with families.

  • Jan Blaxall
    answered 2014-02-15 16:38:07 -0500
    Q: 3. What answer best reflects your view?


    A: Ontario should add another RECE per age group for children under 4
  • Joseph Ko
    answered 2014-02-14 15:28:16 -0500
    Q: 4. Do you have any further comments on any of the proposed regulation changes?


    A: I thought the proposed regulation changes were supposed to update the outdated, bare-bones Day Nurseries Act. Although there are some areas that are improvements, there are a few areas which I feel are going in the wrong direction. Why are we not increasing the number of RECE’s? Why are we decreasing the supervision?

  • Joseph Ko
    answered 2014-02-14 15:23:42 -0500
    Q: 3. What answer best reflects your view?


    A: Ontario should add another RECE per age group for children under 4
  • Joseph Ko
    answered 2014-02-14 15:23:36 -0500
    Q: 2. The province is proposing mix aged groups. How would this affect the physical space of the child care centre you are associated with?


    A: I would not want to adapt to this model
  • Roxanna Gumiela
    answered 2014-02-14 15:18:41 -0500
    Q: 3. What answer best reflects your view?


    A: Ontario should add another RECE per age group for children under 4
  • Roxanna Gumiela
    answered 2014-02-14 15:18:18 -0500
    Q: 2. The province is proposing mix aged groups. How would this affect the physical space of the child care centre you are associated with?


    A: I would not want to adapt to this model
  • Louise Humphreys
    answered 2014-02-14 13:03:39 -0500
    Q: 4. Do you have any further comments on any of the proposed regulation changes?


    A: The regulations need to put children in the forefront, ensuring their needs are met, not the opportunity to make more dollars for the owner/operators. We are investing in our future communities, social structures and workforce.

  • Louise Humphreys
    answered 2014-02-14 13:01:55 -0500
    Q: 3. What answer best reflects your view?


    A: Ontario should add another RECE per age group for children under 4
  • Louise Humphreys
    answered 2014-02-14 13:01:35 -0500
    Q: 2. The province is proposing mix aged groups. How would this affect the physical space of the child care centre you are associated with?


    A: The space can be converted with ease
  • Aleena Persaud
    answered 2014-02-13 18:50:29 -0500
    Q: 4. Do you have any further comments on any of the proposed regulation changes?


    A: We need to have more ECEs to help foster children’s learning and enhance development to their high potential at a younger age. The changes need to focus on what’s best for the children and not money or time, etc.

  • Aleena Persaud
    answered 2014-02-13 18:48:41 -0500
    Q: 3. What answer best reflects your view?


    A: Ontario should add another RECE per age group for children under 4
  • Aleena Persaud
    answered 2014-02-13 18:48:17 -0500
    Q: 2. The province is proposing mix aged groups. How would this affect the physical space of the child care centre you are associated with?


    A: I would not want to adapt to this model
  • Marilyn Cochrane
    answered 2014-02-13 10:11:34 -0500
    Q: 4. Do you have any further comments on any of the proposed regulation changes?


    A: I think the kindergarten ratio should be the same as the school board. Why is there a difference with the same children and the same ministry?

  • Marilyn Cochrane
    answered 2014-02-13 10:10:24 -0500
    Q: 3. What answer best reflects your view?


    A: Ratios should stay the same (ie 1 RECE per group)
  • Marilyn Cochrane
    answered 2014-02-13 10:09:43 -0500
    Q: 2. The province is proposing mix aged groups. How would this affect the physical space of the child care centre you are associated with?


    A: I would not want to adapt to this model
  • Kathy Knight Robinson
    answered 2014-02-13 08:43:08 -0500
    Q: 4. Do you have any further comments on any of the proposed regulation changes?


    A: There needs to be an accountability mechanism to measure quality programs ( which is missing from the proposed changes) and in order to do this, you need RECEs who have a code of ethics and standards of practice at a minimum.

  • Kathy Knight Robinson
    answered 2014-02-13 08:41:39 -0500
    Q: 3. What answer best reflects your view?


    A: Ontario should add another RECE per age group for children under 4
  • Kathy Knight Robinson
    answered 2014-02-13 08:41:25 -0500
    Q: 2. The province is proposing mix aged groups. How would this affect the physical space of the child care centre you are associated with?


    A: The space can be converted with additional funding
  • Heather McLaughlin
    answered 2014-02-12 13:36:54 -0500
    Q: 3. What answer best reflects your view?


    A: Ratios should stay the same (ie 1 RECE per group)
  • Kim Hiscott
    answered 2014-02-12 08:00:29 -0500
    Q: 4. Do you have any further comments on any of the proposed regulation changes?


    A: It is concerning that the regulations do not address the minimum amount of physical space – the current regulations do not provide for the appropriate amount of physical space required for children to actively, effectively engage in play.

    It is also a concern that the school boards are able to operate unlicensed programs for kindergarten and older children

  • Kim Hiscott
    answered 2014-02-12 07:58:54 -0500
    Q: 3. What answer best reflects your view?


    A: Ontario should add another RECE per age group for children under 4
  • Kim Hiscott
    answered 2014-02-12 07:58:44 -0500
    Q: 2. The province is proposing mix aged groups. How would this affect the physical space of the child care centre you are associated with?


    A: The space does not have the capacity
  • Karen Bergsma
    answered 2014-02-11 21:42:50 -0500
    Q: 4. Do you have any further comments on any of the proposed regulation changes?


    A: I believe in quality childcare and the new proposed ratios are not safe and do not meet the needs of the children. I feel that the children would not receive the care and attention that they deserve with the new ratios and as a RECE and a parent of a 13 month old I would not send my child to a daycare with the proposed ratios.

  • Karen Bergsma
    answered 2014-02-11 21:35:31 -0500
    Q: 3. What answer best reflects your view?


    A: Ontario should add another RECE per age group for children under 4
  • Karen Bergsma
    answered 2014-02-11 21:34:32 -0500
    Q: 2. The province is proposing mix aged groups. How would this affect the physical space of the child care centre you are associated with?


    A: The space does not have the capacity
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  • Irene Tran
    answered 2014-02-11 18:06:39 -0500
    Q: 3. What answer best reflects your view?


    A: Ontario should add another RECE per age group for children under 4
  • Irene Tran
    answered 2014-02-11 18:06:04 -0500
    Q: 2. The province is proposing mix aged groups. How would this affect the physical space of the child care centre you are associated with?


    A: I would not want to adapt to this model

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