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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:

Additional Tools for Licensees: This section includes additional tools to help licensees comply with regulatory requirements related to information regarding employees, students, volunteers, home child care providers, and people ordinarily resident and regularly present in home child care locations.

For Child Care Centres:

For Home Child Care Agencies:

Children with Medical Needs: Under s. 39.1 of O. Reg. 137/15, licensees are required to develop and implement individualized plans for each child with medical needs. The following template may help child care applicants and licensees meet these requirements:

Emergency Management: Under s. 68.1 of O. Reg. 137/15, licensees of child care centres are required to develop and implement policies and procedures regarding the management of emergencies. The following documents may help child care centre applicants and licensees meet these requirements.

Parent Issues and Concerns: Under s. 45.1 of O. Reg. 137/15, licensees of child care centres and home child care agencies are required to develop and implement policies and procedures that set out how parents’ issues and concerns will be addressed. The following documents may help child care applicants and licensees meet these requirements.

For All Child Care Programs:

For Child Care Centres:

For Home Child Care Agencies:

Staff Screening Measures and Criminal Reference Checks: O. Reg. 137/15 sets out requirements for licensees to obtain offence declarations and attestations from individuals providing care in child care centres, home child care agencies and home premises. The following forms may help licensees meet these requirements.

For Child Care Centres and Home Child Care Agencies:

For Child Care Centres:

The following manuals provide applicants and licensees with the latest information on child care licensing requirements. The manuals also provide guidance on how to meet regulatory requirements, including special instructions, indicators of compliance and links to useful resources.

For Child Care Centres

For Home Child Care Agencies:

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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For assistance using the Child Care Licensing System please contact 1-855-457-5478 (toll-free) / 416-314-6230 (local) or childcare.helpdesk@ontario.ca.

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:

How Does Learning Happen (HDLH)?

  • How does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years is a professional learning resource for those working in child care and child and family programs.

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.

CCEYA Self-Test

  • Test your knowledge and understanding of provincial licensing requirements for child care centres by taking the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 Licensing Standards Self-Test.