Child Care

Are you seeking child care?

Our Child and Family Educator can help you explore child care options and rates for both home and centre-based care, and provide resources to help you choose and keep quality child care.

 

Explore your options:

Child Care Centres

  • Licensed by the Ministry of Education
  • Follow Ministry of Education guidelines
  • Children will be around other children of the same age
  • Larger group setting
  • Professional staff educated in child development and/or early childhood education
  • Annually inspected by Ministry of Education officials

City of Peterborough’s Directory of Child Care Centres

Licensed Home Child Care

  • Administered by an agency licensed by the Ministry of Education
  • Home-like environment
  • Smaller group sizes
  • May offer more flexibility in terms of the hours that care can be provided
  • Children from the same family can be placed together
  • Periodically inspected by Ministry of Education officials

Child Care and Early Years legislation

Unlicensed Home Child Care

  • Home-like environment
  • Smaller group sizes
  • May offer more flexibility in terms of the hours that care can be provided
  • Children from the same family can be placed together
  • Expected to follow guidelines set out by the Ministry of Education, are not monitored regularly

Registry of Child Care Violations

Choose the right child care for you and your family:

  1. Interview over the phone. It may be helpful to have a set of questions to ask providers over the phone. This way you can determine if a Centre/care provider could be a good fit. In addition, you may ask for 2-3 references from parents that have used the centre or care provider and check them prior to proceeding further.
  1. Face to Face interview. After you have done your phone interviews, the next step is a face-to-face interview or tour of the centre. This handout from the City of Peterborough will give you ideas on what to look for.
  1. Centre or Home Visit. Let your child engage with the space and the educators/provider(s) and see how both you and your child react to the new environment.

You know what is best for you child, and you should feel confident about the child care you choose. Though it can be a challenging process, when your family finds the right child care situation, it will be rewarding for everyone involved.