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In Ontario, Child Care centres are licensed under the Day Nurseries Act by Ministry of Education.

Child Care Licensing

In Ontario, Child Care centres are licensed under the Day Nurseries Act by Ministry of Education. While the standards set out in Ontario's legislation are among the highest in North America, it is important to understand that a license does not necessarily mean a quality program. The existing legislation addresses items that affect quality such as staff/child ratios, physical environment, staff qualifications etc. However, these are still only minimum standards and do not include all the factors affecting quality. It will always be important for parents to assess the setting in which they place their children.

All licensed programs will have a poster in the centre describing the type of license and program. Centres that do not meet all licensing requirements will have a provisional license and this will be indicated by a yellow license display (regular license display is white).

For information about licensing in child care centres and private-home day care agencies, please contact the nearest regional office. http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/childcare/ or by contacting:

Barrie Regional Office

1091 Gorham Street
Suite # 211
Newmarket ON L3Y 8X7
Tel.: (905) 895-1989
Toll Free: 1-855-521-7840
Fax: 705-812-5396
Email: Childcare_Barrie@ontario.ca

Information on the informal system is most often found through word of mouth or newspaper ads. The Ontario Early Years Centre may have information on the Informal System. Parents are encouraged to use the information provided here to assess the quality of informal child care they are considering, or to provide their caregivers with feedback and suggestions.

Child care should provide a quality service, a safe, nurturing environment, and promote the health and well-being of the child. Remember that each child care centre is different. It really is worth the time and effort to check around to find exactly what you want.

The following Day Care, Private Home Care and Nursery School Programs are licensed under the Day Nurseries Act.

Child Care, Private Home Care and Nursery School Programs

Organization

Address

City/Village

Phone Number

Bobcaygeon Nursery School and Day Care

3 Duke St.

Bobcaygeon

705-738-3267

Children’s Learning Centre

Prentice St.

Minden

705-286-4074

Dr. George Hall Child Care

Box 10

Little Britain

705-786-1946

Fenelon-Langdon Child Care

36 Wychwood Dr.

Fenelon Falls

705-887-9524

Haliburton Wee Care Day Nursery

R.R.#2

Haliburton

705-457-3677

Kawartha Child Care Services Discovery Space

230 Angeline St. S.

Lindsay

705-324-8691

Kawartha Child Care Services Home Child Care

308 Stewart St.

Peterborough

705-878-1236

Kawartha Child Care Services-Lindsay

320 Mary St. W.

Lindsay

705-324-8691

Kawartha Child Care Services Rolling Hills

R.R. #1, Manvers Twp

Bethany

705-277-9654

Kawartha Lakes Boys and Girls Club

107 Lindsay St. S.

Lindsay

705-324-4493

Kids in Motion Child Care Centre

107 Lindsay St. S.

Lindsay

705-324-4493

Lindsay Montessori Preschool

51 Eglinton St.

Lindsay

705-324-8514

Mothers Reaching Out Nursery School

Box 155

Woodville

705-439-2785

Omemee Children’s Centre

17 James St.

Omemee

705-799-7924

Kawartha Child Care Services Victoria Graduate

24 Weldon Rd.
R.R. #6

Lindsay

705-324-8434

Wee Watch Private Home Day Care

113 Park St. S. Suite 260

Peterborough

705-878-9285

Special Needs Resourcing Programs

Point in Time Centre for Children, Youth and Parents

Box 1306

Haliburton

705-457-5345

Community Living Kawartha Lakes

33 Lindsay St. S.

Lindsay

705-328-0464

How to Start Up a Child Care Centre or Private Home Child Care Agency

If you are interested in opening up a Child Care Centre or Private Home Child Care Agency, you may access link below for the orientation package on the Ministry of Education website.

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parents/orientation-package-en.pdf

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