Home child care agencies offer early learning and care in approved homes for children ranging in age from infancy to 12 years. While the hours of care available vary from home to home, licensed home child care can often accommodate families who work shifts or who need part-time, weekend or overnight care.
Watch this video to see what licensed Home Child Care looks like since the COVID-19 health & safety measures have been put in place.
Every Home Child Care Agency in Ontario must be licensed by the Ministry of Education and they are obligated to adhere to government regulations which promote the health, safety and well-being of the children and families enrolled in their program.
Important note: Informal or non-licensed home child care is not subject to government standards and this includes any private arrangement a family makes with an individual home provider outside of a Licensed Home Child Care Agency.
Each Licensed Home Child Care Agency works with a group of approved providers who deliver the child care program within their own home. The providers are under contract with the Agency and although providers themselves are not licensed, they are monitored by the Agency to ensure that they are following the government’s rules and regulations and the Agency’s policies and procedures.
The Agency provides guidance, resources and professional development to help providers meet the needs of children in their care. This includes enhanced Public Health protocols related to infection prevention and control.
Families who receive care through a Licensed Agency are supported not only by the Home Child Care Provider but also by Home Visitors and a Supervisor.
Watch this video to learn about the benefits of licensed home child care and why families should consider this child care option.
|Oversight from the Province||Yes||No|
|Monthly visits by Agency Staff||Yes||No|
|Criminal Reference Check required||Yes||No|
|First Aid and CPR Training required||Yes||No|
|Support of an Agency Team||Yes||No|
Home Child Care Agencies that have a service agreement with the City are assessed yearly on program quality using the Home Child Care, Assessment for Quality Improvement (HCC-AQI).
The HCC-AQI is based on early childhood research and best practices and clearly outlines expectations, service standards and guidelines for Home Child Care Agencies.
The City of Toronto conducts unannounced visits to a selection of homes every year to assess for program quality using the HCC-AQI.
For details of the current assessment contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Licensed Home Child Care Agencies are looking for Providers who are interested in caring for children in their own home, and who are committed to providing the nurture, care and early learning & play experiences that promote a child’s well-being.
Hear from Home Child Care Providers about why they decided to become a provider with a Licensed Agency.
There are many benefits to becoming a Provider with a Licensed Home Child Care Agency.
While a Provider has the independence of running their own business, when they partner with a Licensed Home Child Care Agency they will receive support with many aspects of their business including:
Families also benefit because they will know that the home is meeting quality standards set out by the Ontario Government and the City of Toronto, that are meant to ensure the health and well-being of their children.
Have more questions? Contact any one of the Licensed Agencies serving Toronto.
|Licensed home child care agency||Child care fee subsidy
may be available
|General service area|
|All Child Care Solutions
|Bonjour Sunshine (Agence Francophone de Garderies en Milieu Familial)
|Bright Minds Care
|Circles in the Sun
|no||Steeles south to the lake, Avenue Rd east to the Pickering border|
|Day Care Connection
|yes||O’Connor E of Bayview, south to the lake. Parliament east to Victoria Park|
|Etobicoke Home Child Care Agency
|yes||North and Central Etobicoke|
|Family Day Care Services
|yes||Steeles south to the lake, Leslie east to the Pickering border (all of Scarborough)|
|Heritage Home Child Care Services
|yes||Victoria Park east to Morningside, Steeles south to the Eglinton|
|Muppets Private Home (There’s No Place Like Home)
|yes||Broadview E to Victoria Park, Danforth S to Queen|
|Network Child Care Services
|yes||Bathurst west to Jane, Lawrence south to Lakeshore Blvd|
|RUMO Educational Services
|Shanya’s Playhouse Inc.
|The Macaulay Child Development Centre
|yes||Steeles south to St. Clair, Humber River east to Yonge|
|Toronto Home Child Care
|yes||Most of the City of Toronto except the area between Victoria Park west to the Humber River, St Clair south to the lake|
|Twinkle Stars Private Home Day Care Services
|yes||Sheppard south to St. Clair, Dufferin west to Jane|
|Wee Watch Etobicoke
|no||former City of Etobicoke|
|Wee Watch North York East
|no||Yonge St east to Victoria Park, Steeles south to Eglinton|
|Wee Watch North York West
|no||Yonge St west to the Humber River, Steeles south to Eglinton|
|Wee Watch Scarborough East
|no||Steeles south to the lake, Markham Rd east to the Pickering border|
|Wee Watch Scarborough West
|no||Steeles south to the lake, Victoria Park east to Markham Rd|
|Wee Watch Toronto East
|no||Bayview east to Victoria Park, Lawrence south to the lake|
|Wee Watch Toronto West
|no||Bayview west to the Humber River, Lawrence south to the lake|
|West End Home Child Care Services
|yes||Jane east to Bathurst, St. Clair south to Lake Shore Blvd and Parliament west to Bayview, Danforth south to Lake Shore Blvd|