The Regional Niagara Home Child Care program supports: daytime, evening, overnight, weekend care 7 days a week based on provider availability and agreement.
The goal of the Niagara Region Home Child Care Program (the agency) is to provide your child with the best possible quality child care. We work closely with you and the provider to help guide your child through all the stages of childhood development and growth.
Our policies and procedures have been created to comply with the Ontario government’s Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014, Niagara Region Corporate policies and Children’s Services policies.
The Niagara Region Home Child Care program is licensed on an annual basis by the Ministry of Education. The program is audited by the ministry each year to ensure compliance with the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014. In addition, a number of Home Child Care homes are inspected to ensure they meet the requirements set out in the legislation and policies.
As a licensed agency, we carefully select and contract with independent operators who provide child care services in their homes for children between birth and 12 years of age. We provide training to the providers, make monthly unscheduled visits to their home, and monitor the home for safety, cleanliness and number and ages of children.
All home child care providers must agree to abide by legislation as outlined in the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 and the policies and procedures of Niagara Region Children’s Services.
Your home child care support worker (Registered Early Childhood Educator) is available to answer any questions you may have or address any concerns about the home child care service your child is receiving.
Providers are required to have available a summary of the most recent licensing inspection findings.
Niagara Region Children's Services limits the number of children under the age of 13 in a provider's home up to six, including the provider's own children, under the age of 10 years at any one time. This includes no more than four children under the age of 3 years including no more than two children under two years of age. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by Niagara Region.
There are often other individuals in the home, including the provider’s partner and children. Some providers have extended family members that live with them or others such as exchange students. You are entitled to know at all times who is residing in the home and who is regularly on the premises.
Criminal reference checks are required for all adults in the home and frequent adult visitors to the home during hours of child care. New criminal reference checks are required every five years, with annual declaration sign off.
The Ministry of Education requires criminal reference checks of all home child care employees as well as adult students and volunteers every five years. Annually all home child care support workers, students and volunteers complete an annual declaration.
Home child care support workers carry out their duties according to the requirements, policies and procedures of Niagara Region and the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 which apply to areas such as program implementation of activities, playground safety, serious occurrences, duty to report suspected child abuse, and confidentiality.