Nanny Services & Care in Your Home
Some parents prefer to arrange child care in their own home, or to share the services of a nanny or babysitter in their own home. These arrangements are not regulated by the Day Nurseries Act. Parents will want to review How to Choose Child Care for suggestions which are applicable to selecting a nanny or in-home babysitter.
Parents may locate a babysitter or nanny in a variety of ways:
- employment or placement agencies (listed in the Yellow Pages under "Nannies" and "Nurses")
- newpaper advertisements
- community bulletin boards
- word-of-mouth or personal recommendation
Sometimes nanny services are offered by organizations which also provide licensed child care. In the City of Hamilton a nanny referral service is available through Today's Family - Early Learning and Child Care.
Nannies and in-home babysitters can have a variety of qualifications or experience, including training and experience from other countries.
People who work in a parent's home and are employed directly, either as a nanny or babysitter, will usually be covered by the regulations in the Domestic Workers section of the Employment Standards Act. These provincial rules apply to many different categories of workers including:
- qualified nannies and full-time babysitters who live in
- qualified nannies, full-time or part-time who live out
- full-time babysitters who live out
- part-time babysitters who live in or out
Fact sheets outlining the standards which apply to Domestic Workers are available from:
Under Ontario law, parents who employ a full-time domestic worker must also register with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (formerly Worker's Compensation).
Revenue Canada deductions (Canada Pension Plan, Employment Insurance, Income Tax) are often required. Employer-parents will usually need to register with Revenue Canada, get an employer number and deduct and send the required payroll deductions.
In the case of a caregiver from outside Canada, you may need to obtain information and guidance from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
You may also be interested in reviewing other home-based child care options described on this website: