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Staff Qualifications

Supervisor

A supervisor of a child care centre must be a member in good standing with the College of Early Childhood Educators and have at least two years of experience in a licensed child care setting. The supervisor must be approved by a ministry director or, in the opinion of a ministry director, be capable of planning and directing the program in a child care centre, being in charge of children, and overseeing staff.

Supervisors office

REGULATION

Section 53 of Ontario Regulation 137/15 - General

CONNECTIONS TO HOW DOES LEARNING HAPPEN?

Being a reflective leader, listening to others, and creating a culture of trust and appropriate risk taking, improves the quality of experiences for staff, children, and families. Consider:

  • What changes could we make in our program that would reinforce the view of the child as capable, competent, and curious?
  • How can I support our educator team in putting How Does Learning Happen? into practice?
  • If I could do one thing today to help support others in using How Does Learning Happen? in our program, what would it be? Why?

To learn more about how you can support others in their journey to embed How Does Learning Happen? in practice, see An Introduction to How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years for Leaders

For some examples of how to be a pedagogical leader, see the research brief and video on “pedagogical leadership” in Think, Feel, Act: Lessons from Research about Young Children

Qualified Employees

The following are qualified employees for any licensed age group:

  • An employee who is a member in good standing with the College of Early Childhood Educators.
  • An employee who is otherwise approved by a director.

For a licensed junior school age group or a licensed primary/junior school age group that includes only children who are junior school age, the following are also qualified employees:

  • An employee who has a diploma or degree in child and youth care.
  • An employee who has a diploma or degree in recreation and leisure services.
  • A member in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers.

For programs licensed prior to September 1, 2017, that are transitioning to Schedule 2, the licensee is not required to let go any staff who was employed before September 1, soley to satisfy the new requirement regarding the proportion of qualified staff.

REGULATION

Section 54 of Ontario Regulation 137/15 - General

CONNECTIONS TO HOW DOES LEARNING HAPPEN?

Educators are knowledgeable, reflective, resourceful, and rich in experience. Consider ways to use warm, responsive, and inclusive approaches to learn with children. Find ways to challenge your own practice and share professional knowledge and experience with others. Consider:

  • How does my view of children reflect a view of children as competent, capable, and rich in potential?
  • What can I do to engage families more on a daily basis?
  • How can I put more focus on the foundations of belonging, engagement, expression, and well-being in my daily practice?

To learn more about how you can embed How Does Learning Happen? in your practice, see An Introduction to How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years for Educators

Staff health assessment and immunization of staff

Prior to starting work, each employee must provide the licensee with a health assessment and record of immunization as recommended by the local medical officer of health. Any exemption must be based on their sincerely held convictions based on religion or conscience or physician’s medical reasons submitted in a form approved by the Minister. Exemptions made before August 29, 2016 expires on September 1, 2017 unless a new exemption form is submitted before that date.

Filing cabinet with drawer labelled staff records

REGULATION

Section 57 of Ontario Regulation 137/15 - General

STANDARIZED MINISTRY FORMS (REQUIRED)

Statement of Medical Exemption

Statement of Conscience or Religious Belief

Staff training and development

There must be written policies and procedures with respect to staff training and development.

All supervisors and employees counted for ratio requirements under Ontario Regulation 137/15 must have current first aid certification including infant and child cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). A list of providers approved to deliver standard first-aid is available on the WSIB website.

Filing cabinet with drawers labelled general policies and procedures

REGULATION

Section 58 of Ontario Regulation 137/15 – General

CONNECTIONS TO HOW DOES LEARNING HAPPEN?

When staff are viewed as competent, capable and rich in experience, and are provided with opportunities to grow professionally, everyone benefits.

Consider using the following reflective questions to guide practice:

  • How do we engage staff in thinking about environments, experiences, and daily practice in ways that will challenge routines and taken-for-granted assumptions?

For some examples of how to support staff in their learning, see the research brief “Pedagogical Leadership” in Think, Feel, Act: Lessons from Research about Young Children