The Bruce County Home Child Care Program:
Offers children individualized care in a small group setting.
Encourages each child to build trusting relationships with others.
Helps each child fully develop.
Supports parents who work or attend school or need respite.
Provides a safe setting for up to six placed children from 0 to 13 years of age (including the provider’s own children under 4 years).
The Home Child Care Program offers flexible child care options:
- For infants, toddlers, preschool and school-aged children.
- Including full-day, extended hours that includes over-night care, and before- and after-school programs.
- To aid parents when there is a lack of available space, have young children (under 18 months) or work outside of typical Child Care Centres operating hours.
The Home Child Care Program provides care for children in private homes through contracts with approved Home Child Care Providers.
Bruce County Home Child Care Providers:
- Offer positive experiences to children in your home, view children as competent, capable and rich in potential
- Are committed to offering a quality child care program.
- Build positive & responsive relationships with children and their families.
- Are flexible in daily routines, offering indoor and outdoor activities.
- Provide environments and experiences to engage children in active, creative, and meaningful exploration, play and inquiry
All Home Child Care Providers Must:
- Have a criminal reference check, which includes vulnerable sector check.
- Follow the Child Care and Early Years Act
- Meet Health and Safety requirements
- Comply with municipal fire and health regulations and zoning bylaws.
- Obtain Standard First Aid with Infant-Child CPR
- Have a home safety inspection
- Provide care based on How Does Learning Happen? Ontario's Pedagogy for the Early Years.
- Provide receipt of payment
Interested in Becoming a Home Child Care Provider?
As A Home Child Care Provider:
- You establish your own home-based child care business
- Receive ongoing support regarding children and families from Bruce County Children’s Services staff
- Access resources
- Learn new skills
- Share program ideas with other Home Child Care Providers
- Work with a licensed Home Child Care Program
A Childcare Case Worker will meet you in your home to:
- Review Bruce County's policy and procedures.
- Complete a safety inspection of your home. Explain the process for a criminal reference check, a fire safety inspection and a medical.
- Provide required forms and advise you about completing them.
If your home meets our requirements, Bruce County will sign a contract with you.
The Child Care Case Worker will connect you with a family seeking Home Child care for their children. Bruce county makes every effort to ensure a good match between providers and families
If you are interested or would like more information about becoming a Home Child Care Provider please call Bruce County Children’s Services Division.