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Child Care Services

Child Care ServicesChild care services (frequently referred to as "day care") are regulated by the Province of Ontario, not individual municipalities.

About Child Care in Ontario
There are two basic types of child care: licensed and unlicensed. Licensed child care services in Ontario are regulated by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services under the Day Nurseries Act. The standards set out in the Act ensure that the health, safety and developmental needs of the children are being met. The Ministry does not regulate unlicensed child care arrangements. However, in Ontario, a caregiver can look after up to five unrelated children under the age of 10 without needing a licence.

For more information on choosing a child care service provider, where to find one, as well as information on introducing your child to child care, programs for low income families and what to do should you have concerns about a particular child care service provider, please click the link below.

Ontario Ministry of Children & Youth Services Website

Children's Services in York Region
For information about child care services in York Region, such as child care fee assistance, early intervention services, preschool speech and language and the child care support line, go to and look under 'Services' or click on the link below.

Children's Services - York Region

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