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*Click above to access and print our Licensed Home Child Care pamphlet to help find the child care that best suits you and your family's needs. 


What is Licensed Home Child Care?

Licensed Home Care Child is child care that is provided in the private residence of the caregiver who is affiliated with and monitored by a licensed home child care agency. Licensed caregivers can care for a maximum of 6 children under the age of 13 years old.  A caregiver must count their own children, even if they are under the age of 4.  In a Licensed Home Child Care, the caregiver determines goals for the children ana d expectations for programs around the four foundations of How Does Learning Happen? Ontario Pedagogy for the Early Years

The home child care agency is licensed by The Ministry of Education and operates under the regulations of Child Care and Early Years Act 2014 (CCEYA). Representatives from the Qualified Registered Early Childhood Educator monitor the caregiver's home to ensure all homes meet or exceed child care and early years compliance indicators and regulations.To ensure the licensed home child care is staying up-to-date on safety measures, caregivers are inspected by the Ministry of Education at least once a year to guarantee the caregiver's home and the licensed home care agency is up to standards. 


   A licensed home child care agency:

  • Sends trained staff, known as "Home Visitors", to routinely inspect each premises once a month.
  • Monitors the child care home for quality and safety, and maintains legislative standards required by Child Care and Early Years Act 2014
  • Offers ongoing training for caregivers in child development and play based learning 
  • Offers a child care fee subsidy that is eligible to certain families.


The following applies to all licensed home child care providers:

  • A caregiver and their family must complete a Vulnerable Persons Criminal Reference Check every 5 years
  • Homes must be smoke free and in compliance with the Smoke Free Ontario Act 
  • Must allow parental access to the premises and their children 
  • Caregiver 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 


Benefits of Licensed Home Child Care 

  • The caregiver is able to get to know each individual child and family
  • Some children feel more comfortable in a home setting with a smaller group of children 
  • Small group size in the homes allows for more flexibility in the 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 observations of each child are made in writing 


Communication with Caregiver

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