BENEFITS OF LICENSED CHILD CARE
Before starting your search, it’s helpful to know the benefits of licensed child care.
Licensed child care is regulated by the Ministry of Education under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014, however, not all child care sites in Ontario are licensed. (hyperlink to Act)
Being licensed means:
- The Ministry of Education inspects licensed child care sites to ensure they follow mandatory standards for health and safety, staffing and programming.
- Peel Public Health inspects licensed child care sites to ensure they follow infection control measures and makes inspection results available to families.
- Licensed child care sites follow “How does learning happen?”, a Ministry of Education guide for child care programming with a focus on early learning and development.
- Registered early childhood educators deliver programs at sites. They are trained in early child development and regulated by a professional college.
- Families can choose a program that participates in the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care plan to receive lower child care fees.
- Eligible families can choose a program that participates in child care subsidy or supports children with special needs through Peel Inclusion Resource Services.
Licensed child care sites can include: centre-based programs in the community or Peel schools, nursery schools, before and after school programs, and home child care settings registered with a licensed agency.
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Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care Plan
In 2022, the government of Ontario started the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care plan. To be eligible, children under 6 must be enrolled in a licensed center or home child care that chooses to participate in the Canada-Wide plan. The goal is to reduce child care program fees to an average of $10 a day for eligible children by the end of 2026. For more details, visit: Lower fees for families who use licensed child care.
Ontario Childcare Credit
You may be eligible to claim the Ontario Child Care Tax Credit on your tax return to help with child care costs. Keep all receipts for your records. For more information, visit: Ontario Child Care Tax Credit | ontario.ca.
BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Licensed before and after school programs can be offered in schools, and in community and home-based child care programs.
Before and after school care is typically offered between 7 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. Some programs may also offer child care during school holidays and breaks. Contact the child care setting for more information on before and after school care.
If you’re looking for licensed before and after school care, you can use the licensed child care search tool.
LOWER CHILD CARE FEES THROUGH THE CANADA-WIDE EARLY LEARNING AND CHILD CARE PLAN
To receive lower child care fees, children under 6 must be enrolled in a licensed centre or home child care program that chooses to participate in the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care plan. Get more information about the Canada-Wide plan.
SEARCH FOR LICENSED CHILD CARE
To help you create a list of licensed child care programs that meet your family’s needs, use the program locator and filter by need.