Early Years and Child Care Services

Hamilton Child Care Registry

Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care agreement

The federal and provincial governments recently signed the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care agreement aimed at making child care more affordable for families.

If you have a child under 6 years in licensed child care and the centre chooses to participate in the agreement, you may receive a 25% child care fee reduction as of April 1. An additional 25% fee reduction is also set to occur by the end of 2022.

If your licensed child care provider decides to participate and is approved, they will let you know when you can receive your refund. If your provider decides not to participate in the agreement, they must let you know.

Once we receive more information from the provincial government, the City of Hamilton will be creating an application process to make it easy for your child care provider to apply to a part of the agreement. While this process may take a few months, you will still receive a refund retroactive to April 1, 2022.

We encourage parents/caregivers to reach out to their child care providers for any questions related to whether your child care provider intends to apply to participate in the agreement.

Find a child care provider in Hamilton, view the current child care registry.

Need help covering the cost of licensed child care? Learn more about opportunities for a child care subsidy.

The Hamilton Child Care Registry makes finding licensed child care providers simple. You can browse child care options by location and age group. You can also view details about a child care program, hours and type of care being offered.

Explore your child care options

To find child care, you can search by amenities or your location.

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.

Learn more about Hamilton's Early Years System and 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.

Learn more about the difference of Licensed Child Care

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

Learn more about Licensed Centre-Based Child Care 

Licensed Home Child Care

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

Today’s Family
Serving all of Hamilton
905-574-9344, ext. 112
[email protected]

Wee Watch Child Care Galbraith
Serving Stoney Creek, East Hamilton,
Hamilton Mountain, Binbrook & Grimsby
[email protected]

Wee Watch Child Care Golfwood
Serving Hamilton, Ancaster & Dundas
[email protected]

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.

Learn more about Red Hill Family Centre

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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