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Child Care Overview

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Child Care Options:

Nursery Schools

Nursery schools are licensed centre-based programs usually operating on a half day basis. Some centres, known as co-operative nursery schools, encourage parental involvement. Fees may be subsidized.

Child Care Centres

Centre based programs provide care to a number of children in a specially designed environment. These programs meet standards set by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services regarding staffing, safety, discipline, nutrition and playground. Fees may be subsidized. Hours may vary and offer before and after school programs or extended evening hours.

Family Home Day Care

This type of day care is also regulated by the Day Nurseries Act. An agency contracts with individuals to provide care in their own home. A home visitor makes sure these providers meet the requirements of the legislation and receive adequate training and resources. Fees may be subsidized.

Informal Types of Child Care

Informal types of child care include babysitting, nannies, or private home day cares (except when they are licensed through a licensed family home agency such as Kawartha Child Care Services or Wee Watch Private Home Child Care.) This system receives no funding and is not licensed by the Day Nurseries Act. Because there is no licensing process, parents are responsible on their own for ensuring that the child care environment is safe and healthy for their children. It should be noted, however, that the Day Nurseries Act states that "any premises that receives more than five children for temporary care must be licensed as a Day Nursery".

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