Ontario’s Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework (2017)

The Ontario’s Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework builds on our progress and sets a vision for a system in which all children and families have access to a range of high-quality, inclusive and affordable early years and child care programs and services that are child- and family-centered and contribute to children’s learning, development and well-being.

Towards Universally Accessible Child Care: Ontario’s Five-Year Action Plan (2017)

Within the next five years, the Province expects to double the current capacity of licensed child care for children aged 0-4. The intention is that expansion will focus on the public and not-for-profit sectors. This carefully planned approach steadily increases the number of children accessing high-quality child care while delivering transformative change.

How Does Learning Happen? (2014)

How Does Learning Happen? is Ontario’s Pedagogy for the early years. The tool is a professional learning resource for those working in child care and child and family programs.

Excerpts from Early Learning for Every Child Today (2014)

Early Learning for Every Child Today. A framework for Ontario early childhood settings (2007), often referred to as ELECT or the Early Learning Framework, is recognized as a foundational document in the early years sector. Sections from the original document are provided here as a companion to How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years.

Ontario Early Years Policy Framework (2013)

The Ontario Early Years Policy Framework builds on the Ministry’s collective progress and builds a vision for the early years to ensure children from 0-6 years of age have the best possible start in life. The framework is supported by a set of guiding principles and provides strategic direction to our early years partners both within and outside government.

Think, Feel, Act: Lessons from Research About Young Children (2013)

The Ministry worked with leading experts in the field of early childhood education to develop online professional learning resources for professionals working in early years settings. The new resources include research briefs and video clips that highlight key research findings and practical tips for educators related to seven elements of early years program quality. They are intended to encourage critical reflection and discussion about these ideas and challenge educators as they consider their daily practice from new perspectives.

Modernizing Child Care in Ontario: Sharing Conversations, Strengthening Partnerships, Working Together (2012)

Modernizing Child Care In Ontario: Sharing Conversations, Strengthening Partnerships, Working Together began a conversation that will help move Ontario towards a high quality, accessible and coordinated early learning and child care system. The discussion paper was developed to encourage feedback from families and partners to help inform and guide next steps towards modernization of child care in Ontario.

Early Learning Framework (2011)

Based on the Best Start Expert Panel document Early Learning for Every Child Today: A framework for Ontario early childhood settings (2007), this web-based resource is a guide to support program development in child care and other early childhood settings. The website highlights the Framework’s guiding principles which set the foundation for optimal learning and development. The website includes videos of educators and experts sharing their ideas on how to put the principles into practice, photos of learning environments and more.

Child Care Licensing

This Website is designed to support individuals who are interested in learning more about provincial requirements for licensed child care centres.