The agency and provider are regulated to ensure specific standards are met and that they follow provincial and municipal requirements. Agencies support providers to have policies and procedures regarding health and safety. The agency monitors the home regularly and provides oversight to ensure safe and nurturing environments.
Program planning is informed by How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years (external PDF). Licensed home child care providers also participate in Halton Region’s quality initiative, Quality First. Quality First supports providers to offer a high-quality early learning program through coaching and consultation with a Quality First Consultant and setting goals to improve quality.
Agencies provide guidance, resources and access to training, workshops and professional development for providers.