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Child Care Options in Brantford and Brant County

The options in Brant County range from an unlicensed setting to a licensed setting. Unlicensed child care refers to a caregiver who chooses to care for up to five children, plus her/his own children, in their own home. The parents themselves are responsible for monitoring this type of child care arrangement.

Licensed child care refers either to a child care centre or a home child care agency that is licensed by the  Ministry of Education.  There are many types of licensed child care programs in Brant County.

Definitions

The following definitions will help you understand will help you select the best child care options to fit your needs, the needs of your children, and your lifestyle.

Informal Home Child Care (also referred to as unlicensed child care)

  • occurs in your own home or in the caregiver's home
  • it is monitored solely by the parents
  • the caregiver may care for up to five children plus his/her own.

Private Home Child Care ( Licensed)

  • homes are monitored by an agency that is licensed by the Ministry of Education
  • caregivers may provide care for up to five children including his/her own (some restrictions apply
  • must comply with minimum standards set out in the Day Nurseries Act .

Licensed Centre Care

  • the centre is licensed by Ministry of Education
  • staff members have formal training in early childhood education
  • must comply with minimum standards set out in the Day Nurseries Act

Age Groupings

The following describes the different age groupings for child care.  This information will help you understand what group your child is in and what programs are available by age group.

  • Infant:  refers to children under 18 months of age.
  • Toddler: refers to children 18 months of age up to and including 30 months of age.
  • Preschool: refers to children more than 30 months of age up to and including 5 years of age.
  • School Age: refers to children 6 years of age and over up to and including 12 years of age.

Types of Child Care

  • The following list describes different types of child care available.  This information will help you understand the care options available to you.
  • Half Day: a program that operates for less than 6 hours in a period of 24 hours.
  • Full Day: a program that operates for 6 or more hours in a 24 hour period.
  • Part Time: a program that offers care for less than 5 days per week.
  • Flexible Care: a program that offers care according to parent schedule.
    Example 1:  in a centre, the first week a child may attend Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; on the second week the child may attend Monday and Thursday.
    Example 2:  in home care, a child may attend evenings, early morning, or weekends.
  • School Age: a program provided for children from age 6 up to and including 12 years of age, before and after school, during lunch hours and on school holidays.
  • Co-operative/Parent Participation Preschool: a program governed by a board of directors, including parents of children who attend the program.

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