Hamilton is a community rich in quality child care and families are encouraged to research child care choices as options vary. All licensed child care programs with a Funding Agreement with the City of Hamilton participate in Hamilton’s Early Years Quality Program.
Licensed Child Care
Licensed child care is governed by the Child Care and Early Years Act. The Ministry of Education provides standards around health, safety and quality experiences for children. Licensed child care is regularly monitored and inspected to ensure they are following Ministry standards.
Licensed Centre-Based Child Care
Licensed Child Care Centres care for infants and toddlers, as well as pre-school and school-aged children. They include nursery schools, full-day care, extended hours care, and before and after school programs. Child care centres operate in a variety of locations including workplaces, community centres, schools and places of worship.
Ministry of Education staff inspects child care centres at least once a year to make sure the programs meet specific provincial standards for the health, safety and developmental needs of the children.
Benefits of Licensed Centre-Based Child Care
- Staff are certified Early Childhood Educators
- Promotes play based learning, physical and outdoor activity
- Support early detection and intervention
- Access to special needs resourcing
- Supports smooth transitions to school
- Links to other community programs and supports
- Child Care Fee Subsidies available
Licensed home child care is provided in the home of a child care provider that is contracted with a licensed home child care agency. There are three licensed home child care agencies that have a Funding Agreement with the City of Hamilton. Home child care providers with a licensed home child care agency are supported by a home child care visitor with a background in Early Childhood Education (ECE) who meets Ministry of Education requirements.
Benefits of Licensed Home Child Care
- Offers home-like environment
- Flexible hours of care to meet families’ needs
- Providing care for children 0-12 years
- Small group size – up to six children
- Conveniently located in a neighbourhood near you
- Child care agency provides support, training and inspections of each home
- Child Care fee subsidies available
Learn more about Licensed Home Child Care (PDF, 172.9 KB)
Considering Home Child Care, speak to a Child Care Agency to learn more:
Red Hill Family Centre
Red Hill Family Centre is the City of Hamilton’s only municipally funded child care centre. Red Hill Family Centre is a fully inclusive family based child care centre for children 18 months-5 years.
Explore your child care options
To find child care near you, enter an address, intersection or the name of a child care centre/agency into the search box.
Apply for Licensed Care
The Hamilton Child Care Registry makes finding and applying to multiple licensed child care providers simple. You can browse child care options by location, hours, program and type of care. To apply online for licensed care visit the Hamilton Child Care Registry to create an account and register today.
Reduce your costs for child care
Financial support is available to eligible families who live in Hamilton and have child care costs for children ages 0 to 12 years. You can complete the Child Care Subsidy Calculator to confirm if you're eligible to apply.
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