Licensed Home Child Care

Licensed Home Child Care

Licensed Home Child Care is an alternative to centre-based Licensed Child Care. Individual home childcare providers are not licensed by the Ministry of Education; however, they are contracted by home childcare agencies that are licensed by the Ministry. Home childcare agencies oversee childcare providers who offer parents in-home childcare services. In Greater Sudbury, participating homes are overseen by either Jubilee Heritage Family Resources In-Home Child Care or Home Child Care Services- YMCA of Northern Ontario. Families can apply for licensed home programs on the Child Care Registry by selecting Jubilee In-Home Child Care and/or Home Child Care Services – YMCA of Northeastern Ontario in the neighbourhood(s) of their choice.

An individual home child care provider that is overseen by a licensed agency can care for up to six children under the age of 13, which must include any of their children under the age of four. Only three of these children can be younger than two years old.

All licensed child care centres, home child care agencies and child care providers overseen by a licensed home child care agency have a decal on display that says they are licensed. Private residences that provide in-home services will not have a decal. If you are not sure if a home you are considering is with a licensed agency, call Children Services at 705-674-4455, extension 4279.

Licensed Agencies are always looking for new home childcare providers. If you love children and would like to run a home-based business and/or be home with your children, learn more here: Become a Licensed Home Child Care Provider


Why Choose Licensed In-Home Child Care

Licensed home childcare programs provide the following:

  • Small number of children for personal attention and care
  • Flexible hours of care and a flexible daily schedule
  • Lower rates for children under 6, subsidized by CWELCC, as well as access to Child Care Subsidy
  • Referrals for child development
  • Peace of mind knowing the home is regulated
  • Alternate care may be provided when the provider is unavailable due to sickness or vacation
  • Screened, nurturing caregivers who are found in your neighbourhood
  • Convenient, comfortable small group settings
  • Professional support for families in selecting and using a home childcare program
  • Siblings can be together
  • Home providers use the Early Learning Framework as a guide to practice
  • Observations and documentation are used to help support curriculum planning that is meaningful to the individual needs of each child


What you can expect from a Licensed In-Home Program

  • Blemish Free Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check for provider AND anyone living in the home over 18 years of age
  • Home MUST be smoke-free
  • ALL family members must have up-to-date immunizations
  • ALL pets must have their rabies vaccine
  • Standard First Aid Level C CPR & AED (including infant/child)
  • House insurance which covers the home-based business
  • Child car seat restraint information session provided by Public Health Sudbury & Districts and vehicle insurance which covers children in care (if transporting)
  • Must adhere to Child Care and Early Years Act regulations
  • Compliance with fire and health inspections
  • Follow the Ministry of Education professional resources to plan a curriculum based on the individual needs and development of each child in care.

Licensed home agency support for providers

  • scheduled and unscheduled home visits
  • telephone support
  • child care related workshops/professional development
  • free use of large equipment such as strollers, cots and feeding chairs (based on availability)
  • early learning resources and mentorship