Every day, children are cared for by licensed or unlicensed home-based child care providers. While many of these providers offer safe, stimulating and high-quality care for children, it’s important for parents to have assurance that the adult who is caring for their children is trained and accountable.

11As of August 31, 2015, the Ontario government is requiring that home child care providers who are qualified and work in the scope of early childhood education be registered with the College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE). The CECE protects the public interest by ensuring that all registered early childhood educators (RECEs) practice according to professional and ethical standards and are held accountable for their actions.

What does this mean for parents? One important change is that parents can now expect that qualified caregivers will be registered professionals who adhere to the College’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, even if they are working in a home-based environment. The CECE offers a free Public Register online which allows parents to search all RECEs in Ontario who are registered.

More information about the government’s changes to licensed and unlicensed home-based child care, and tips on how to choose the right care for your child can be found at www. ontario.ca/childcare/.

More information about CECE is available at college-ece.ca.


Written by Cleo Neufeld

Cleo Neufeld

Before meeting the love of her life, Cleo was a single mother to a beautiful little girl for many years. She shares her expertise in single parenting, building a relationship, living on a budget and more.