Types of Licensed Child Care

Setting

Program Offered

Number of Children

Child Care/ Early Childhood Education Centres Qualified early childhood educators provide programs year-round in licensed settings.Centres are located in free standing buildings or within schools, workplaces or churches. Full-day and part-time programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school age children, up to 12 years old. Maximum number of children in a group and staff: child ratios are set by the government, based on age.

  • 1 staff to 3 infants
  • 1 staff to 5 toddlers
  • 1 staff to 8 preschoolers
  • 1 staff to 10 JK/SKs
  • 1 staff to 15 school-age children
Preschools and Nursery Schools Qualified early childhood educators provide programs from September to June in licensed settings in schools, churches or community locations. Half-day programs for one to five days per week, for children 2 to 5 years old.Some co-operative programs require parent participation. Maximum number of children in a group and staff: child ratios are set by the government based on age.

  • 1 staff to 8 preschoolers
Home Child Care Caregivers connected with a licensed agency are approved as meeting government standards to offer child care in their homes. Full-day and part-time programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school age children, up to 12 years old. Caregivers may provide care for up to 5 children, including the caregiver’s own children under 6 years of age.
Extended Day Program for Full Day Kindergarten Qualified staff provide supervised programs in licensed settings in schools. Extended day programs before and/or after Full Day Kindergarten, full day programs on professional activity days and some school holidays, for children 4 to 5 years old. Maximum number of children in a licensed program is set by the government:

  • 1 staff to 10 JK/SK children
School Age Programs Qualified staff provide supervised programs in licensed settings in schools, child care centres or community locations. Programs before and/or after school, full day programs on professional activity days and some school holidays for children 5 to 12 years old. Maximum number of children in a licensed program is set by the government.

  • 1 staff to 15 school-age children
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