Why is The Artful Child not licensed as a day nursery
by the Ministry of Education?
The Artful Child has been inspected and approved by Toronto Fire Services. It has been inspected and approved by Toronto Public Health for it’s hygiene and sanitary practices. It’s mission statement has been reviewed by The Ministry of Education and approved as following The Ontario Early Years Pedagogy “How Does Learning Happen”. Staff are approved and qualified as Registered Early Childhood Educators, OCAD graduate and Psychology Degree Graduate. Our volunteers are students from the community interested in the Arts or retired teachers. We follow the Ministry guidelines for staff and volunteer protocol, First Aid Training, Police Checks and qualifications.
According to The Early Years and Childcare Division, Ministry of Education, The Artful Child is operating as a “Recreational Program”. The Artful Child has an open license application with The Ministry of Education and a contact person. The Artful Child has fulfilled the necessary documents and handbooks. Toronto Zoning and Toronto Building approvals are pending.
Toronto Building has approved this program for this use calling it "a classroom". The Ministry of Education will not license anything labelled “a classroom”.
Toronto Zoning will only approve this space for a "Day Nursery" and not a “classroom” therefore it’s use must be changed from “community” to “institutional”. In order to do this a "record of site condition” is needed and a building permit obtained. The cost of this is out of our budget and very time consuming.
The license by the Ministry does not change what this program is or how good it is. The experience of the child is what illustrates this.
In the end, The Artful Child will operate it's fantastic program with it’s focus on inspiring intellect through the arts. The labelling is irrelevant to us but we will continue to be transparent on this issue.