Child care is the care of a child, no matter who provides that care. Families have diverse care needs and rely on a variety of forms of care to meet those needs. Public policy best serves families when it offers flexibility and choice. Child-care policies should be equitable for all families, regardless of the type of care they choose. Universal child-care systems fail to recognize the diverse care needs of parents in Ontario and their reasons for the type of care they choose.
- Of Ontario children under age six, about 46 percent are in parental care only.1
- Less than 3 percent of Ontario children under age six are in parental care because the parent could not find another option.2
- Of Ontario parents who use non-parental child care, about 64 percent report that they have no problem finding the care.3
- Of all Ontario children under age six (those in non-parental child care and those who are not), about 24 percent are in centre-based care or preschool.4