Licensed child care may be found in a child care centre setting or in a private home. In either case, these programs are licensed by the Ministry of Education and must meet the requirements of the Day Nursery Act.
The requirements cover:
- Staff/child ratios
- Staff qualifications
- Maximum group size
- Furnishings & Equipment
Searching for a licensed child care centre can be hard if you don’t know where to start. The Ministry of Education’s website has designed a great search engine to help you find licensed child care in your area. The website also gives you information about the centre, and their licensing information. Search the Ministry for Licensed Child Care Here
The City of Peterborough can help with fee assistance in 53 licensed home and centre-based child care programs throughout the county. Click here to view the Directory of Child Care Centres.
Licensed Child Care
Centre-Based Child Care
In Ontario, the Ministry of Education, must license all child care centres.
All child care centres must follow the Day Nurseries Act. This Act sets out very specific rules, regulations and minimum standards under which centres must operate in order to get and maintain a license.
Centres licensed under the Day Nurseries Act are there to help children grow and learn.
Child care centres are places where health, safety and learning are most important.
Programs include both active and quiet play, crafts, pretend play and many other chances for learning.
Centres should also provide healthy snacks and meals to support each child's health and growth.
Municipal Child Care Programs
The City of Peterborough operates 2 child care centres and 3 school age programs.
For more detail on our programs, visit our municipally operated programs page.
The City of Peterborough Child Care Program is committed to providing high quality early learning environments for young children. We value all children and their families and will treat everyone with respect and equality. Our programs are responsive to each child as a unique individual.
Home-Based Child Care
Home child care agencies have a license with the Ministry of Education and have home visitors working with the caregiver to plan and care for the children in their home.
All licensed home child care agencies must follow the Day Nurseries Act. This Act sets out very specific rules, regulations and minimum standards under which agencies and their providers must operate in order to get and maintain a license.
Licensed Home Child Care providers should have programs that include both active and quiet play, crafts, pretend play and many other chances for learning.
To learn more about what to look for in a quality home child care, click here.
To view a complete list of the child care centres and home child care agencies view the Child Care Centre Directory for Peterborough County and City.
How Do I Get Started?
Finding the right child care for your child can feel like a big job. With a little bit of thinking ahead, you can find a great place for your child.
Unlicensed Home-Based Child Care
Any child care with 5 children or less does not need to be licensed and is called unlicensed or informal child care.
Informal child care is when parents find someone in their area to care for their child. This can either be in the child's home (a nanny) or in the care provider’s home. There are no Ministry offices monitoring informal child care providers.
This leaves parents with the sole duty of checking the care their child is receiving. All financial exchanges are strictly between the parent and the caregiver. To find out more about how to find quality in an informal home child care, click here
For Ontario Works clients, financial support might also be available for informal child care on a short term basis.
Child Care fee assistance for informal care is used for:
- Job searching
- Community placements
- The Self-Employment Program
- Employment Placement Program
Visit the Financial Assistance section for information about paying for child care.