UNLICENSED DAYCARES PROTECTED FROM PARENTAL SCRUTINY

Jul 19, 2013

By Scott Walker

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Parents investigating daycares in Ontario have a harder time finding out about unlicensed facilities than licensed ones.

The Toronto Star is reporting that parents wanting to find out about the infraction history of unlicensed daycares have to file a freedom of information request. The Ministry of Education sites “privacy concerns” for restricting access to those details.

In contrast, when injuries or complaints happen at licensed daycares, they must post a notice for parents explaining what happened, and leave them up for ten days.

Critics say all daycares in the province should be licensed.

Last week, a child died while in the care of an unlicensed facility in Vaughan. The daycare had more than five times the number of children in its care than it was legally allowed to. And two Ministry inspectors were suspended for not following up on earlier complaints. Provincial Ombudsman Andre Marin is investigating.

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