Early Learning and Child Care

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development facilitates the development of programs that foster healthy child development. The department helps support families in accessing child care and also monitors and licenses child care facilities across the province. Staff work with child care providers to build capacity in the community and to promote best practices in child care settings.

In this province, child care must be regulated if more than four children of mixed ages or three infants are being cared for in a child care centre, or in a residential home by a person who is not their legal guardian. All regulated child care must follow the Child Care Services Act and meet the minimum required standards to maintain their license. Regional Child Care Services staff visit regularly to ensure the standards are met and to support licensees/providers to exceed these standards.

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