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Additional information about Section 7

​​Section 7 of the Membership Renewal Form asks 10 questions about issues that may potentially affect a member’s practice of the profession.

Here is background information about each question. Click on the question to see additional information about the question.

Remember:

  • You are to answer the questions thinking of the time period “since your last renewal with the College”. If you are completing the renewal process for the first time, answer the questions thinking of the time period “since you became a member of the College”.
  • If you answer “yes” to a question, you must prepare a detailed written explanation, place it in an envelope labeled “Renewal – Section 7 Information”, and submit it with your completed Membership Renewal Form. Information is included below about the kind of details you must include in your written explanation.
1. Resignation from any regulatory/licensing organization while being the subject of a complaint, investigation, or proceeding with respect to professional misconduct, incompetence, or incapacity
  • A member may be registered with another regulatory/licensing organization, either in Ontario or another jurisdiction. Such registration may or may not be related to the practice of early childhood education.
  • Answer “yes” if, since your last renewal with the College, you resigned registration with any other regulatory/licensing body while being a subject of the circumstances described above.
    • Your written explanation must provide information about the matter, including but not limited to, the following details:
      • The name of the regulatory/licensing organization and the jurisdiction in which it is located
      • The type of registration/licensure you held with the organization and for what period of time
      • The reason(s) for your resignation, the details of the complaint, investigation, or proceeding (e.g., parties involved, circumstances, location and timing of the incident, your actions in follow-up to the incident, etc.
      • The status of the complaint, investigation, or proceeding when you resigned.
2. Findings of guilt for professional misconduct, incompetence, or incapacity in the practice of early childhood education or any other profession
  • A member may be practising, or have practised, early childhood education and/or another profession either in Ontario or in a jurisdiction outside of Ontario.
  • Answer “yes” if, since your last renewal with the College, you were found guilty of professional misconduct, incompetence, or incapacity in the practice of early childhood education or any other profession in any jurisdiction. Please only answer yes if you were found guilty by an organization that is NOT the College of ECE.
    • Your written explanation must provide information about the matter, including but not limited to, the following details:
      • The name of the regulatory/licensing organization and the jurisdiction in which it is located
      • The type of registration/licensure you held (or currently hold) with the organization and for what period of time
      • The specifics of the finding of guilt for professional misconduct, incompetence, or incapacity
      • The details of the matter (e.g., parties involved, circumstances, location and timing of the incident, your actions in follow-up to the incident, etc.)
3. Current investigations for professional misconduct, incompetence, or incapacity in the practice of early childhood education or any other profession
  • A member may be practising early childhood education and/or another profession either in Ontario or in a jurisdiction outside of Ontario.
  • Answer “yes” if you are currently being investigated for professional misconduct, incompetence, or incapacity in the practice of early childhood education or any other profession in any jurisdiction. Please only answer yes if you were found guilty by an organization that is NOT the College of ECE.
    • Your written explanation must provide information about the matter, including but not limited to, the following details:
      • The name of the regulatory/licensing organization and the jurisdiction in which it is located
      • The type of registration/licensure you held (or currently hold) with the organization and for what period of time
      • The specifics of the allegations made against you with respect to professional misconduct, incompetence, or incapacity
      • The details of the matter (e.g., parties involved, circumstances, location and timing of the incident, your actions in follow-up to the incident, etc.)
      • The current status of the complaint, investigation, or proceeding
4. Charges and/or findings of guilt for an offence under certain legislation
  • Answer “yes” if, since your last renewal with the College, you were found guilty of an offence(s) under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (Canada), or the Food and Drugs Act (Canada).Your written explanation must provide information about the matter, including but not limited to, the following details:
    • The offence(s) for which you were found guilty
    • The jurisdiction in which the offence(s) occurred
    • The details of the matter (e.g., parties involved, circumstances, location and timing of the incident, your actions in follow-up to the incident, etc.)
    • The sentence you received for the offence(s)
5. Charges and/or findings of guilt for a criminal offence
  • Answer “yes” if, since your last renewal with the College, you were charged with and/or found guilty of a criminal offence(s) in Canada or any other jurisdiction outside of Canada.Your written explanation must provide information about the matter, including but not limited to, the following details:
    • The offence(s) for which you were charged and/or found guilty
    • The jurisdiction in which the offence(s) occurred
    • The details of the matter (e.g., parties involved, circumstances, location and timing of the incident, your actions in follow-up to the incident, etc.
    • The current status of the matter (if you were charged)
    • The sentence you received for the offence(s) (if you were found guilty)
6. Physical or mental conditions or disorders that may affect ability to practise the profession safely
  • Not all physical or mental conditions or disorders necessarily affect a member’s ability to practise the profession. The same condition or disorder may not affect members’ practice in the same way. It depends on a number of factors, such as the type and nature of condition or disorder, how the condition or disorder has manifested itself in the individual’s own circumstances, and the individual’s history with respect to the condition or disorder.
  • Answer “yes” if you have a physical or mental condition or disorder that may affect your ability to practise the profession.*
    • Your written explanation must provide additional information, including but not limited to, the following details:
      • The nature of the physical or mental condition or disorder
      • How it may affect your ability to practise the profession

*I have already provided information to the College about the specific condition or disorder and my circumstances have not changed. Do I need to provide this information again?

  • No, as long as there have not been any changes in your circumstances. If there have been changes, then submit a written explanation about those changes.
7. Charges of misconduct while attending a post-secondary institution
  • A member may undertake individual courses or programs of study, in any discipline, at a post-secondary institution. As a member of a regulated profession, members have a duty to act with honesty and integrity at all times. Conduct issues that arise while a member is a student, may raise concerns about a member’s ability to maintain the high standards of the profession.
  • Answer “yes” if, since your last renewal with the College, a post-secondary institution charged you with misconduct.

Misconduct includes academic misconduct that resulted in disciplinary actions by the Dean’s office (or any equivalent or higher administrative office). Your written explanation must provide information about the matter, including but not limited to, the following details:

  • The name of the post-secondary institution and the jurisdiction in which it is located
  • The faculty, department, program, or other office that brought the charge(s) forward
  • The charge(s) made
  • The details of the matter (e.g., parties involved, circumstances, location and timing of the incident, your actions in follow-up to the incident, etc.
  • The current status of the matter (e.g., whether the matter has been resolved, and if so, what the outcome was)
  • Examples of sanctions include, but are not limited to, formal reprimands, suspension from a course or program of study, notation of the sanction imposed on the student’s academic transcript or record, etc.
8. Verified allegations or concerns by a Children’s Aid Society or equivalent authority
  • Verified allegations or concerns about the conduct of a member of the College may be made to a Children’s Aid Society (or equivalent authority in another jurisdiction outside of Ontario). Verified allegations or concerns about a member’s conduct need to be considered seriously in terms of the potential for risk of harm to children.
  • Answer “yes” if, since your last renewal with the College, a Children’s Aid Society (or equivalent authority) verified, or substantiated, an allegation(s) or concern(s) made against you.

Your written explanation must provide information about the matter, including but not limited to, the following details:

  • The name of the Children’s Aid Society (or equivalent authority) and the jurisdiction in which it is located
  • The allegation(s) or concern(s) that the organization verified against you
  • The jurisdiction in which the offence occurred
  • The details of the matter (e.g., parties involved, circumstances, location and timing of the incident, your actions in follow-up to the incident, etc.)
  • The current status of the matter (e.g., whether the matter has been resolved, and if so, what the outcome was)
9. Removal of a Director’s Approval to work as a supervisor in an ECE setting
  • A member may hold a Director’s Approval to work as a supervisor in an ECE setting in Ontario.
  • Answer “yes” if, since your last renewal with the College, you had such a Director’s Approval removed.

Your written explanation must provide information about the matter, including but not limited to, the following details:

  • The name of the organization for which you had the Director’s Approval
  • The period of time for which you held the Director’s Approval
  • The reason(s) for the removal of the Director’s Approval
  • The details of the circumstances that led to the removal of the Director’s Approval (e.g., parties involved, circumstances, location and timing of the incident, your actions in follow-up to the incident, etc.)
10. Licence to operate a child care centre under the Child Care and Early Years Act
  • A member may currently hold, or have held, a licence to operate a child care centre under the Child Care and Early Years Act. Indicate on the Membership Renewal Form whether or not you have ever held such a licence.
    • If you select “yes” (because you have held, or your currently hold, such a licence), you must answer questions 10(a) and (b) in Section 7. If you select “no” (because you have never held such a licence) leave questions 10(a) and (b) blank.
  • With respect to question 10(a), answer “yes” if you:
    • Were found guilty of an offence(s) under the Child Care and Early Years Act, or
    • Are currently being investigated under the Child Care and Early Years Act.
    • Your written explanation must provide information about the matter, including but not limited to, the following details:
      • The offence(s) for which you were found guilty (or are currently being investigated)
      • The details of the matter (e.g., parties involved, circumstances, location and timing of the incident, your actions in follow-up to the incident, etc.)
      • The sentence you received for the offence(s) (if you were found guilty)
      • The current status of the investigation (if it is in progress)
  • With respect to question 10(b), answer “yes” if a Director appointed under the Child Care and Early Years Act has ever revoked or refused to renew your child care centre licence.
    • Your written explanation must provide information about the matter, including but not limited to, the following details:
      • The name of the child care centre for which you held a licence
      • The period of time for which you held the licence
      • The reason(s) for the revocation of, or refusal to renew, your licence
      • The details of the circumstances that led to the revocation or refusal to renew (e.g., parties involved, circumstances, location and timing of the incident, your actions in follow-up to the incident, etc.)