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Related Links

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Regulatory Body

College of Early Childhood Educators

The College of Early Childhood Educators provides its members and the public with many resources to support the profession and inform the public.

Health and Safety

Food Allergies Canada

Food Allergies Canada provides resources to raise understanding and build capacity of educators around food and other allergies and materials to help educators teach children.

Caring for Kids

Caring for Kids provides information from Canada’s pediatricians about essential precautions to help promote water safety for young children.

Health Canada - Consumer Product Safety

Health Canada provides information for parents and caregivers about product advisories, warnings and recalls as well as broader consumer education.

Public Health Unit locations in Ontario

Public Health Units provide health promotion and disease prevention programs to inform the public about healthy life-styles, communicable disease control, immunization, food premises inspection, and healthy growth and development.

Office of the Ontario Fire Marshall

The Office of the Fire Marshall provides information, resources, and communication tools to create and maintain safe environments for all settings, including child care and early years programs.


Provides a list of providers approved to deliver Emergency and Standard First Aid.


Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide

Provides recommendations to help ensure daily requirements for vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients are met.

Eating will With Canada’s Food Guide - First Nations, Inuit and Métis

Provides a tailored food guide that includes both traditional foods and store-bought foods that are generally available, affordable, and accessible across Canada.

Nutrition for Healthy Term Infants

Provides health professionals with evidence-informed principles and recommendations for feeding for infants and young children from birth to six months and six to 24 months

Program Resources

Early Learning Framework

The Early Learning Framework website supports program development in early learning settings through a variety of resources, including videos, photos of early learning environments, and questions for personal reflection. The full ELECT document is also available through this website.

Excerpts from ELECT

Excerpts from ELECT was released as a companion document to How Does Learning Happen? and includes foundational knowledge about children, which is set out in Early Learning for Every Child Today: A Framework for Ontario Early Childhood Settings.

How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years

How Does Learning Happen? is a professional learning resource designed to support program development and pedagogy in a variety of early years settings.

Minister’s Policy Statement

A statement made by the Minister under the authority of the Child Care and Early Years Act which sets out How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years as the document to be used for the purpose of guiding programming and pedagogy in licensed child care programs

Think, Feel, Act: Lessons from research about young children

These research briefs and video clips highlight key research findings and practical tips for educators.

Relevant Legislation and Regulations

Early Childhood Educators Act

Legislation that established and sets out the scope of the College of Early Childhood Educators.

Building Code Act

Legislative requirements for the design and construction methods and materials to be used for all buildings falling within the Act.

Canada Consumer Product Safety Act

Legislative requirements for consumer products (such as children’s toys and household products) that child care licensees must comply with, where applicable, to protect the health and safety of children in their program.

Child and Family Services Act

Legislative requirements that promote the best interests, protection and well-being of children and youth which licensees must comply with, where relevant, including the duty to report any suspicions that a child is or may be in need of protection to a children’s aid society.

Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

Identifies controlled drugs and substances and governs the way they are managed.

Criminal Code

A law that sets out types of behaviour that represent criminal offences and establishes the kind and degree of punishment that may be imposed when an individual is convicted of an offence and the procedures to be followed throughout the criminal process.

Education Act

Legislative requirements that set out duties and responsibilities of the Minister of Education and the duties and responsibilities of school boards, school board supervisory officers, principals, teachers, parents and students.

Fire Protection and Prevention Act

Legislative requirements that promote methods of fire prevention and public safety.

Planning Act

Legislative requirements for land use planning in Ontario.

Safe Drinking Water Act

Legislative requirements that child care licensees must comply with, where applicable, to help ensure water is safe to drink.

Youth Criminal Justice Act

A law governs Canada's youth justice system. It applies to youth who are at least 12 but under 18 years old, who are alleged to have committed criminal offences. 

Government of Ontario

Ministry of Children and Youth Services

Responsible for many services and programs for children and their families including, children’s aid, adoption, developmental screening, mental health, and special needs.

Ministry of Education

Responsible for the education and child care system in Ontario, with a focus on achieving excellence, ensuring equity, promoting well-being, and enhancing public confidence.

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Supports the participation of children and youth in recreation at the community level to increase physical activity and expand local sport opportunities.