What is License Home Child Care?

It is child care that is provided in the private residence of the caregiver who is affiliated with and monitored by licensed home child care agency. 

The home child care agency is licensed by The Ministry of Education and operates under the regulaions of Child Care and Early Years Act 2014 (CCEYA).  

Licensed home child care providers can care for a maximum of 6 children under the age of 13 years old.  A provider must count their own children if they are under the age of 6.  The provider determines goals for children and expectations for programs around the four foundations of How Does Learning Happen? Ontario Pedagogy for the Early Years

Qualified registered RECE representatives monitor the home to ensure all homes meet or exceed Child Care and Early Years compliance indicators and regulations.  Caregivers are inspected by the Ministry of Education at least once a year to enure the caregiver's home and the licensed home care agency is up to standards. 

A Licensed home child care agency provides the following

  • Provides trained home visitors to support and inspect each premises before children are enrolled and at least once every three month
  • Monitors the child care home for quality and safety, and maintains legislative standards required by Child Care and Early Years Act 2014
  • Conducts unannounced inpections  on a quarterly basis
  • Offers ongoing training for caregivers in child development and play based learning 
  • Child care fee subsidy may be available to eligible families 

 

The Following applies to all licensed home child care providers:

  • A provider and their family must complete a Vulnerable Persons Criminal Reference Check yearly. 
  • Homes are smoke free and in compliance with the Smoke Free Ontario Act 
  • Provide receipts for payment of services 
  • Allow parental access to the premises and their children 
  • Provider must have a valid standard first aid certification including infant and child cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Parents must be notified when any accident or incident occurs that could affect the health and safety, or well-being of their child.
  • Implement play based programming for children both-indoors and outdoors that stems from the children's curiosity and interests 
  • Overall Learning should promote social, emotional, cognitive and physical development 

 

Befefits of Licensed Home Child Care 

  • Flexible
  • The provider can get to know each individual child and family
  • Some children feel more comfortable in the home setting with a smaller group of children 
  • Small group size in homes allows for more fexibility in program and activity schedules
  • Convenience of child care homes located in your own neighborhood 
  • Hours of care may be more flexible to accommodate parents work schedules
  • Daily obervations of each child are made in writing 

Communication with Providers

  • Parents are encouraged to share information with their home child care provider that may influence the child's day. such as if the child experienced a restless night, eating habits are abnormal or any other atypical behaviours 
  • Clear communication between parents and providers ensures that the wellbeing of the child is priority and the child can be well supported while in the home and while in care