Child Care and Early Learning

The Children's Services and Early Years Department provides support to families in the City of Brantford and the County of Brant to by offering a series of services including help finding quality child care, applying for child care subsidy to reduce costs, connecting families to free, quality drop-in programs and supporting children with special needs in licensed child care.

As the service system manager, the City of Brantford also supports individuals who operate Child Care Centres and Licensed Home Child Care providers, and EarlyON providers. We encourage you to explore the services outlined on this page and to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get real time updates about programming. 

Covid-19 Pandemic Update 

Consistent with Public Health’s recommendation to limit social gatherings and interaction that is less than 2 arm lengths apart in public spaces, all EarlyON Child and Family Centres in the City of Brantford and the County of Brant remains closed and all programming cancelled until further notice. 

As part of the provincial response to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, on March 22, 2020, the Ministry of Education announced plans to further support health care professionals and other essential frontline workers, including doctors, nurses, paramedics, firefighters, police, and correctional officers, as well as other essential workers, with access to safe, local emergency child care throughout the duration of the pandemic.

Recognizing that the safest option for families is to have children remain at home if at all possible, essential workers who have no other alternatives for child care will be offered access to local child care services that will be reserved exclusively for children of essential and critical service workers as identified in the Province of Ontario's List of Workers Eligible for Emergency Child Care.

In Brantford/Brant, Licensed Home Child Care provider, Wee Watch Home Child Care has been selected to provide this emergency care to children of essential workers.

Parents who are essential workers who live or work in the City of Brantford or the County of Brant can register for a child care space at Wee Watch at https://brantford.onehsn.com/. Once registered for a space, parents can apply for full fee subsidy by calling 519-759-7009 or completing the subsidy application online at Brantford.ca/childrensservices. Any additional questions can be directed to childcareservices@brantford.ca.

Please visit our YouTube channel and Facebook page for daily videos to keep your children engaged at home during Covid-19.

Emergency Child Care

June 1, 2020 Update: Please note that emergency child care spaces are limited and are currently at capacity.