The Ontario Ministry of Education has released its 2017 licensed child care survey, which was the third survey of licensed child care centres and home child care agencies (i.e. licensees) conducted by the Ministry. The previous surveys were carried out in 2012 and 2015.
Similar to the previous surveys, the 2017 survey asked licensees to provide information about their operations, such as hours, enrolment, fees, fee subsidies, staff wages, and staff qualifications.
The licensed child care surveys are important to the child care sector and to the ministry because they provide essential information used to develop child care policies in Ontario, particularly during a time of legislative and regulatory changes. The data are also used for planning, delivering, evaluating, and monitoring child care programs and services.