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Child Care Licensing Resources

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There are many resources available to provide information about the licensing process and about licensed child care. This page contains the following sections:


For the full reports, please contact childcare.helpdesk@ontario.ca.

Getting Started with the Child Care Licensing System

CCLS Reference Guide for Applicants/Licensees

  • This Guide documents the step-by-step instructions for applicants, Licensees, Agency and Site designates to use CCLS.

CCLS Registration Guide for Licensed Child Care Programs

  • This Guide documents the step-by-step process to be used by EXISTING Licensees, Agency and Site designates when registering for CCLS. It is used only once.

CCLS Registration Guide for New Applicants

  • This Guide documents the step-by-step process to be used by NEW applicants when registering for CCLS. It is used only once.

CCLS Registration Video for Licensed Child Care Programs

  • This video demonstrates the step-by-step instructions to register for CCLS.

Reporting a Serious Occurrence in CCLS

  • This video demonstrates the step-by-step process to follow when reporting a serious occurrence.
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Forms

Home Child Care Location File Review Form

  • The form is completed to include the required information for all providers and people ordinarily resident at each home child care location, such as spouses and children and others who reside in the home child care location.

Home Visitor File Review Form

  • The form is completed to include the required information for all home child care visitors. The form is kept on file for the program advisor to review during the licensing inspection.

Notice of Collection of Personal Information Form for Licence Renewal

  • Each staff, student and volunteer in a licensed child care centre or person employed by/associated with a licensed home child day care agency must complete this form once during their employment. The form provides notice to the individual that personal information is collected under the authority of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 and its regulations.

Notice of Collection of Personal Information Form for Staff Director Approval Requests

  • When a Licensee requests director approval for staff, the proposed staff completes and signs this form, which provides notice that personal information is collected under the authority of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 and its regulations.

Program Staff Schedule

  • This form provides information about staff qualifications, schedule and number of children in care to confirm that staffing requirements are met.

Staff File Review Form

  • The form is completed to include the required information for all child care centre staff members. The form is kept on file for the program advisor to review during the licensing inspection.

Fact Sheets

On May 9, 2016, the Ministry of Education filed new and revised regulations under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 with the Ontario registrar. The following fact sheets provide information about some of the new rules and varying effective dates, starting July 1, 2016:

More Information

Early Learning Framework

  • The Early Learning Framework is a guide to support early childhood programs in Ontario.

CCEYA Licensing Standards Website

  • This public website provides information about the provincial licensing requirements for child care centres. It may be accessed by supervisors, Licensees, early childhood educators, program staff, parents and anyone who is interested in learning more about licensed child care.

Webcast: Child care licensing – Before and after school programs

  • This archive of a live webcast originally broadcast on February 26, 2013 provides an excellent overview of the process the Ministry of Education undertakes when licensing a child care site.

Tiered Licensing Fact Sheet