Legislation and Policy

Durham Region Operating Criteria

Durham Region’s Operating Criteria (DROC) is designed to provide valuable insight regarding child care programs. Children’s Services Division staff work in collaboration with child care operators to ensure the information gathered is utilized to reflect on pedagogy and practice, set program goals and ensure continuous improvement.

Pedagogical Inquiry: Exploring “How Does Learning Happen”

This resource, created by the Best Start Network Child Care Sub Committee, provides Inquiry sessions to help bring the Province of Ontario’s vision of pedagogy to life.

Child Care and Early Years Act

The Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (CCEYA) came into effect on August 31, 2015. This legislation replaced the Day Nurseries Act (DNA) and established new rules governing child care in Ontario.

Ontario Ministry of Education

This website contains information to support Child Care professionals including on modernizing child care, Ontario’s pedagogy, legislation and more.

Early Learning Framework

The Early Learning Framework is a guide to support early childhood programs in Ontario. With six distinct principles, the Early Learning Framework provides a shared language and understanding of child development.

Think, Feel, Act: Lessons from research about young children

The Ontario Early Years Policy Framework describes how the experiences children have in the early years can have an extraordinary and long-lasting impact on children's learning, development, health and well-being.

How does learning happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years

This is a professional learning resource for those working in child care and child and family programs. It supports pedagogy and program development in early years settings that is shaped by views about children, the role of educators and families, and the relationships among them.