City conducts spot checks during the year
Tannis Toohey/Torstar News Service
Toronto has become the first municipality in Canada to post ratings of day-care centres on the web — some 650 of them.
The city conducts at least two random spot checks of centres with subsidized spots every year, rating them on a long list of criteria including interaction with teachers, learning activities, types of toys and food served.
"This allows parents to see what makes a good quality child-care centre," though it isn’t all the information parents need, said Brenda Patterson, general manager of children’s services.
"Nothing replaces picking up your child and seeing whether your child is happy."
The rating system, based on specific categories, measures 650 of the 900 day cares that receive funding for subsidized spaces.