Safety
Overview

Legislation Governing Health and Safety Practices

The legislation governing health and safety practices is identified in the Day Nurseries Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.D.2., Regulation 262-General (R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 262).

Regulation 262, Section 31
Every operator of a day nursery shall ensure that any recommendation or instruction of a Medical Officer of Health with respect to any matter that may affect the health or well-being of a child enrolled in a day nursery operated by the operator is carried out by the staff of the day nursery. R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 262, s. 31.

Regulation 262, Section 38
Every operator shall ensure that every dog and cat that is kept on the premises of a day nursery operated by the operator or location where private-home day care is provided by the operator is inoculated against rabies. R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 262, s. 38.

Regulation 262, Section 16
Every operator shall ensure that the equipment and furnishings in each day nursery operated by the operator or in each location where private-in home day care is provided by the operator are maintained in a safe and clean condition and kept in good state of repair. R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 262, s. 16.

Equipment and Furnishings (Rq)
Important Information for Day Nursery Operators:
The following children’s items are regulated under Health Canada’s Hazardous Products Act and must meet safety requirements:
  • Baby Gates
  • Baby Walkers (Banned in Canada since April 2004)
  • Car Seats
  • Children’s Jewellery
  • Children’s Sleepwear
  • Cribs
  • Playpens
  • Strollers
  • Toys
  • Toys with magnets

Examples of other items that pose a safety hazard:
  • Drawstrings on Children’s Clothing
  • Infant Bath Seats and Bath Rings
  • Window Blinds

For more information on the safety requirements or to check for recalls of the above products go to Health Canada’s website.

For more information regarding equipment and furnishing requirements including toy safety, please refer to the “Ontario Child Care Licensing Day Nurseries Manual” Ministry of Community and Social Services, Section 4.1.31-35.
Contact Information
Child & Babytalk Line
613-549-1154 or
1-800-267-7875, ext. 1555

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