As an early childcare Montessori teacher and school owner, I often find myself frustrated by governmental restrictions.
As a licensed childcare center, we operate under the rules of the Child Care and Early Years Act (CCEYA). For those of you unfamiliar with this act, it is where all the rules and regulations are found for all childcare centers in Ontario. In an effort to standardize childcare provincially, the ministry of education has taken over the oversight of all centres and issue licenses accordingly. As a parent and a professional early child educator, I too believe in having the best programs available for children, however, we as a center often cannot offer certain services to families since the CCEYA doesn't allow for much flexibility. There is no room or opportunity for program directors to ask for or apply for special considerations and with stiff and severe penalties for any small deviation, it is unimaginable and often risky to ask for "advice" from anyone at the ministry of education. They come in for inspections looking for the slightest mistakes or misses and pay no attention to any of the positive or mastered skills. It is also difficult for me to believe that EVERY program in all areas of the province have the same needs. What about the children or families who don't fall within the ministry standards? What happens? I have had to turn down families or children not because the center couldn't help them, but because the rules and regulations don't allow it. So no, families do not come first and never will a long as we "standardize" care provincially.