The Ministère de la Famille intervenes with childcare providers who do not comply with the legislative and regulatory provisions, particularly by sending notices of non-compliance. Despite these interventions, some childcare providers persist is their offence or repeat their offence under the Educational Childcare Act (ECA) or its regulations.
The Act to tighten the regulation of educational childcare, which amended the ECA, institutes an administrative penalty regime to strengthen the intervention of the Ministère de la Family with childcare providers, by acting rapidly and efficiently so that corrective actions are taken regarding the breaches recognized.
By bringing this regime into force, the Ministère de la Famille has adopted an additional tool to ensure the health, safety and well-being of children in childcare and improve the quality of childcare.
The following childcare providers are covered by the administrative penalties regime:
- childhood centre (CPE) and daycare centre permit holders;
- home childcare providers (HPC) recognized by an approved Home Childcare Coordinating Office.
In this regard, a policy on administration of administrative penalties is made available to provide them with the relevant information regarding the administration of administrative penalties. The policy defines the guiding principles of interventions regarding imposition, review, collection and recovery of administrative penalties. It determines the responsibilities incumbent on the Ministère de la Famille stakeholders and the childcare providers.
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