A day care centre is a natural or legal person (usually for profit) or an aboriginal band council providing childcare services in one facility. A school board or a municipality may not be issued a day care permit.
Issuance of day care permits is not systematically associated with the granting of subsidized spaces.
A day care centre is a recognized childcare provider and, as such, it must meet certain obligations, particularly in terms of children’s health
safety, well-being and development. It must also comply with service
quality standards. These regulations, which are subject to verification by the Ministère, focus on ensuring that a day care centre:
- receives no more than 80 children per facility;
- applies an
educational program and undergoes a review of its
- Employs a minimum of qualified educators;
- manages the administration, keeping and labelling of
medications, cleaning products and toxic products;
- provides a healthy, safe and clean environment;
- has a first aid kit that is readily available;
- respects Canada’s Food Guide;
- constantly supervises the children under its care;
- guarantees daily outdoor activities.
Getting involved on a day care centre parents advisory committee
A day care centre must form a parents advisory committee to consult on all aspects concerning the childcare provided. You can get involved on the advisory committee of the day care centre your child attends to give your opinion on subjects including:
- the application of the educational program;
- the acquisition and use of educational materials and equipment;
- the physical layout and furnishings;
- the services provided;
- the processing of complaints.
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