Child Care Providers: Licensing Standards

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Child Care Providers: Licensing Standards

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In Canada, each province sets its own child care standards. General provisions for licensing address the following issues:

  • Health and safety requirements
  • Ways of dealing with a child's negative behaviour
  • The number of staff that are needed to safely care for the children
  • Training requirements for staff
  • Type of equipment needed
  • Requirements for daily program
  • Types of food services needed for children of different ages

Family child care operations may need to be registered or licensed in the province. Each province sets its own licensing standards.

Accreditation from an independent or provincial organization may help ensure that a family or group child care centre meets basic quality standards, even if your province exempts these types of child care from licensing.

For detailed information on child care licensing, see the Other Places to Get Help section of the topic Choosing Child Care.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Primary Medical Reviewer Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Last Revised November 22, 2010

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