Minister of Education's Update on Unlicensed Child Care Review
Today, Liz Sandals, Minister of Education, issued the following statement on the review of unlicensed child care complaints:
"As I committed on July 19, 2013, my ministry has extended its review of every complaint received about the number of children in unlicensed child care settings, dating back to Jan. 1, 2012.
Out of a total of 448 complaints received between Jan. 1, 2012, and July 12, 2013, it was determined that 25 had not been addressed with a site visit, including four of the five complaints about the provider at Yellowood Circle in Vaughan.
The ministry has taken immediate action on all the remaining unaddressed complaints, investigating them thoroughly and confirming that all providers are in compliance.
My ministry has also applied for an injunction against the Yellowood Circle provider. If granted, the injunction would prevent the provider from operating a daycare in Ontario.
As a further step, we are establishing a dedicated enforcement team to investigate complaints about non-compliant unlicensed providers, respond to public inquiries and supply information to parents about unlicensed providers.
As a parent and grandparent, I know how important child care is to families. If parents have concerns or complaints about any child care provider, I encourage them to contact their local Child Care Quality Assurance and Licensing Office.
In the meantime, my ministry will continue to work closely with the Office of the Ombudsman to ensure it has all the relevant information for its ongoing investigation."