Child Care in Niagara Region

In Ontario, anyone who cares for six or more unrelated children under the age of 10 must be licensed by the Ministry of Education. This includes home-based child care and centre-based child care.

Licensed child care programs must meet and maintain specific provincial standards set out in the Day Nurseries Act. These standards provide for the health, safety and developmental needs of the children.

At least once a year, staff of the Ministry of Education make unannounced inspections of all licensed child care programs to:

  • Make sure that provincial standards are being met
  • Issue and renew licenses
  • Investigate complaints
  • Monitor operators who are having difficulty meeting licensing standards

Licensing reports for all home-based and centre-based licensed child care programs are available on the provincial licensed child care finder.

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Child Care Programs

In Niagara, there are 165 licensed child care centres (as of June 2013) and many home child care programs.

Niagara Region Children's Services operates five licensed child care centres, serving children from 18 months to six years of age. It also manages a home child care program for children from birth to 12 years of age.

Find and register for a child care program


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