In Canada, licensing standards for child care centres vary
by each individual province. General provisions for licensing address these issues:
Health and safety requirements
of dealing with a child's negative behaviour
The number of staff
that are needed to safely care for the children
requirements for staff
Type of equipment
Requirements for daily program
Types of food
services needed for children of different ages
Standards vary widely by each province. And how each province monitors and enforces guidelines also varies greatly.
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 provincial child care licensing, see the Other
Places to Get Help section of the topic Choosing Child Care.