Services include:

  • Affordable Child Care Benefit applications and support
  • Child Care program referrals
  • Information on selecting and accessing child care facilities
  • Consultation from qualified Early Childhood Educators
  • Computer access
  • Access to art supplies
  • Access to toy lending library

Types of Care

License-Not-Required (LNR) or Unlicensed

  • LNR providers can care for two children or a sibling group, not related to themselves by blood or marriage,
    at any one time. You are solely responsible for supervising and monitoring the quality of care provided
    in the LNR child care arrangement.

Registered License-Not-Required (RLNR) 

  • RLNR providers are registered with a Child Care Resource and Referral Program. They can care for 2 children or a sibling group, not related to themselves by blood or marriage, at any one time.

Licensed Family Child Care (LFCC)

  • Family child care is offered in the child care providers own home and serves a maximum of 7 children from birth to age 12

Licensed Group Child Care

  • Group child care serves children from 30 months to school entry, and/or children from birth to 36 months (Infant/Toddler)


School Age Child Care

  • Group child care (school age) serves school-age children, including kindergarten, who require care outside normal school hours.


  • Preschools serve children from 30 months to school entry. Preschools are part-day programs, typically operating on the school-year, September to June.

Multi-Age Child Care

  • Multi-Age child care is similar to Group Care but serves children from birth to age 12.

In-Home Multi-Age Child Care

  • In-home Multi-Age care is offered in the child care providers own home and serves a maximum of 8 children from birth to age 12.

In Child’s Own Home

  • Care in the child’s own home.

Quality Child Care

We promote positive social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.

Research has confirmed that one of the key elements in quality child care is the child care provider, so choosing a provider who has your child’s best interest at heart, is vital. Look for providers who are warm, caring and attentive to children’s individual needs (Galinsky & Phillips, 1998). The provider should be culturally sensitive and accepting of differences. The provider should use positive discipline that teaches rather than punishes. The provider should spend time interacting and responding to the children, celebrating successes, building confidence and nurturing their self esteem.

Another key element is the environment. It should be safe, clean, comfortable and have some organized activity areas. There should be enough toys, activities, materials and equipment available and they need to be developmentally appropriate for all children. The environment needs space for resting, space for quiet and active play, as well as the opportunity for regular outdoor play.

What is the best child care to send my child to?

Child Care Resource & Referral programs can only provide you with referrals. We do not give out recommendations. The referrals are based on the information that you give to us which includes, your name, address or the cross streets of the area where you would prefer the location of the child care, the ages of your children, whether you require full or part time care, approximate drop off and pick up times, and, if you have a school age child, the name of the school. We then match it up to the information that is given to us by the child care providers.



Child Care Resource & Referral programs cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information nor the quality of child care. Once you have received the list of referrals you will want to conduct research of your own. See our page under the Parents and Families section on How to Evaluate & Choose a Child Care Provider. As well you will find more information in the booklet “A Parent’s Guide to Selecting Child Care” which provides you with helpful information and checklists regarding choosing child care that is right for you and your child.

Why is child care so expensive?

Child care fees pay for a service. Like all costs for service, fees charged are designed to cover the expenses incurred to provide all the ingredients to produce the service. The business of child care must include the following expenses:

  • Rental of child care space
  • Maintenance of the facility
  • Liability insurance
  • Business insurance to cover replacement of equipment and toys
  • Professional development for the child care provider (s)
  • Food and beverages for the children
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Developmentally appropriate toys, books and equipment
  • Art & craft supplies
  • Office supplies
  • Membership fees for professional organizations
  • Cost for substitute child care providers or assistants
  • Salary and payroll expenses for the child care provider
  • Vehicle – business insurance, fuel, maintenance
  • Child care services, for the most part, are operated as a private business. Licensed child care facilities are governed by provincial government legislation that restricts the size of their business. There is no room for expenses to be offset by an expansion of services to more clients.