Act and Regulations

​​​The practice of early childhood education in Ontario is regulated by the College of Early Childhood Educators (the College) in accordance with the Early Childhood Educators Act, 2007 and the regulations and by-laws made under that Act.

The Early Childhood Educators Act, 2007, established the College.  The Act includes:

  • A definition of what constitutes the practice of the profession;
  • A requirement for persons to be members in order to practise the profession;
  • Title protection authorizing only members of the College to use the titles "early childhood educator" or "registered early childhood educator" or an abbreviation;
  • Roles and responsibilities of the Registrar; Registration Appeals, Complaints, Discipline, Fitness to Practise
    Committees; and
  • Transitional provisions.

Early Childhood Educators Act, 2007

Early Childhood Educators Act, 2007


Designation of Geographic Area 

Professional Misconduct Regulation

Registration Regulation

Submissions to Government

Since the College was established, Council members and senior staff at the College have spent a significant amount of time building relationships with both the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Children and Youth Services.  The College has also attended meeting with MPPs to share information on the professional practice of early childhood educators and the role of the College as a professional self-regulatory body and was involved in the consultations regarding the development of the province's Early Learning Program.

Response to the Ministry of Education's consultation on Ontario’s renewed vision for the early years (January 2017)

College responds to the Protecting Students Act​​ (December 2016)

Response to the proposed phase two regulations under the Child Care and Early Years Act  (April 2016)

College submission to the Ministry of Education on modernization (November 2012)


Regarding Bill 242, Full Day Early Learning Statute Law Amendment Act, 2010

From the Ministry of Children and Youth Services 


Regarding proposed regulatory am endments to the Day N urseries Act (replaced by the Child Care and Early Years Act).


Regarding full-day learning for four- and five-year-olds


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