Find Child Care
This section of the site consists of a number of major topics, each of which is listed on the left side of your screen. This page summarizes the contents of these major topics. You are encouraged to explore the topics which are relevant to your circumstances.
However, you may wish to proceed directly to a search for care.
When searching for care, keep in mind that a listing on this site is not a guarantee of quality, nor is it a recommendation. Every care arrangement is a private agreement between the parent/guardian and the care provider. Be sure to review the How to Choose Child Care topic in this section to assist you in making a choice that will meet the needs of your child and family.
Major topics in the Find Care Section
- Child Care Overview
- Describes the legislation which governs child care in Ontario and outlines the criteria for licensing. Defines different kinds of licensed and independent care.
- Child Care Information Hamilton
- A description of this service which provides a personal, confidential and free information and referral service for child care in the City of Hamilton.
- Licensed Centre-based Care
- Defines the different kinds of care available in centres. Describes the licensing process and staff requirements in centres. Point of entry to search for licensed, centre-based care throughout the City of Hamilton. Includes locations and descriptions of all licensed centres.
- Licensed Home-based Care
- Describes the licensing process, describes the staff requirements and lists the licensed home child care agencies in the City of Hamilton.
- Child Care Subsidy
- Contains a description of the program that provides assistance with the cost of child care to eligible families. Includes information on how to apply for subsidy.
- Registry of Home-based Child Care
- Defines criteria for the registry and how to list your home child care service. Includes basic information about the providers on the Registry and tells you how to connect with a care provider.
- Children with Special Needs
- Describes programs in the City of Hamilton that provide services and support for children, their families and care providers.
- Other Child Care Options
- Contains information about a variety of non-licensed child care options including descriptions and contact information.
- How to Choose Child Care
- It is highly recommended that you review this topic to assist you in making a good child care choice that provides a high quality of care for your child and meets your expectations and needs.