Child Care

| December 17, 2012

Child Care Information to find out more information about the centralized waiting list for licensed child care services.

Child Care Providers Resource Network Info for parents & caregivers.  Also view a list of caregivers available in your area.

Child Care Centres (click to view a complete list of Child Care Centres)

Child Care Centres provide care for children in a group setting. All child care centres are licensed under the Day Nurseries Act and are annually inspected by staff from the provincial Ministry of Children & Youth Services. Centres are licensed for a maximum number of children who are grouped together by age. There are also maximum group size and staff to child ratios that vary according to the age of the children. Every group of children must have at least one trained staff that has their Early Childhood Education certificate or an equivalent qualification.

Child care centres can offer services for children aged six weeks right up to 12 years of age. Some centres provide care for all ages within this range, while others only offer care for certain ages, such as toddlers and pre-school children. The operating hours for centres varies, but most provide full-time care Monday to Friday during regular working hours. Some centres also offer part-time care as well as before and or after-school care.

Most child care centres have both regular full fee and subsidized spaces for families that qualify. If you think group care is the option for you, arrange to see a few centres as soon as you know what your child care needs will be.

The City of Ottawa mandated Child Care Information, a City-funded non-profit service to extend the Child Care Centralized Waiting List to all licensed child care centres and home child care agencies within the City of Ottawa boundaries. Any parent/guardian seeking licensed child care services can contact the information line directly to obtain a registration form.

Licensed Home Child Care

Licensed home child care agencies screen, select and monitor home child care providers. The agency ensures that the selected home child care providers meet the standards set out in the Day Nurseries Act through regular unscheduled visits. These standards include appropriate child ratios, nutritional standards, fire, health and safety procedures and appropriate programming to ensure quality care.  Providers working with a licensed agency may care for five or fewer children under ten years of age. In addition, there are limits on the number of children in specific age groups who can be cared for in the provider’s home. Specifically:

  • Two children under the age of two
  • Three children under the age of three
  • To a maximum of five children under the age of ten, including the provider’s own children who are under the age of six.

Licensed home child care agencies provide professional on-going support to their providers such as training opportunities and age-appropriate toys and equipment-lending services. Agencies also assist in arranging alternate care for children when providers are sick or on holiday.

Licensed home child care assists parents in making an informed choice and matching their needs to the appropriate child care placement, including the geographic requirement, hours of care and cultural needs. There is a partnership formed between the child care provider, the family and the agency.

Licensed home child care agencies provide full and part-time care for infants to children 12 years of age. Both subsidized and full fee spaces are available to parents through licensed home child care agencies. Parents who are interested in licensed home child care should contact the Child Care Centralized Waiting List at  613-248-3605 or visit the website at to  place your child’s name on the waiting lists for agencies within the City of Ottawa boundaries.

How to choose Daycare

City of Ottawa Daycare Centres

Day Care Options

Ontario Works Child Care

OWCC) provides bilingual assistance in helping parents make an informed child care choice and fulfill their Ontario Works participation agreement. OWCC provides funding for child care arrangements for the participant’s children who are six weeks to 12 years.

Nursery Schools 

Nursery schools are licensed programs under the Day Nurseries Act. They provide individualized part-time child care for pre-school children between two and five years of age as well as many different models to support children with their development

Resources for Daycare Providers


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