Child Care Survey

The Ontario government has made historic and significant and, may we add, much needed investments in the child care system to increase access to licensed child care for children up to 12 years of age.

New legislative changes require child care service system managers (Corporation of the County of Wellington), local school boards, and all children-related service agencies to work together to build a high quality child care system. In addition, new legislation states that school boards are to provide before and after school care programmes in schools where there is an identified need and where there is viability for a programme to operate. Before and after school programmes can be offered for children ages 4 and 5 by a licensed child care operator or directly operated by the school board. School boards can also put an after school recreation programme in place for children over the age of six years. Licensed child care or approved recreation programmes for school age children on non-instructional school days continue to be managed by the child care service system manager.

School-based and community-based capital grant applications have been made available to local school boards and early years service system managers to build new child care centres where opportunities exist. These new funds also allow child care service system managers to increase access to child care spaces for children ages birth up to 4 years of age in many ways.

Through our local data, we know we need more much more licensed centre-based and home-based child care than what we have available. We need to strengthen our story by finding out more about your experiences and need for a better high quality child care system for all children.

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