Child Care: Licensed Home Child Care
Licensed Home Child Care has been available to Leeds and Grenville parents through the YMCA of Brockville and Area for over 25 years. Today, children aged three months to twelve years are cared for by Licensed Child Care Providers. The program is licensed under the Ministry of Education, Child Care Early Years Act of Ontario which sets standards for health, safety, nutrition and the adult-child ratio (no more than 2 children under 2 years of age, up to a maximum of 6 children at one time). Every effort is made to accommodate a family’s individual needs for location and hours of care.
Where We Work:
We provide home child care in all areas of Leeds and Grenville including Athens, Brockville, Cardinal, Elizabethtown, Lyn & Smiths Falls.
What We Do:
The Licensed Home Child Care program provides a range of support services, including:
• A comprehensive training program for caregivers
• Safe infant equipment in homes
• A supply of age appropriate toys, books and craft materials
• Access, where possible, to alternate care if regular provider is unavailable
Our fees are based on the amount of care required. The YMCA of Brockville and Area implemented a new software program, which makes us able to use pre-authorized chequing or pre-authorized credit card for payment of child care services.
Families needing subsidized care will be referred to the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville for a determination of eligibility and child care fee. For more information on Children’s Services in Leeds and Grenville Counties please visit the United Counties web page.
Licensed Home Child Care Providers
Our Providers are selected for their child care skills and their ability to provide children
with a warm, safe and stimulating environment. We screen all Providers through:
• Comprehensive interviews and home assessments
• Satisfactory Criminal Record Check including the Vulnerable Sector
• Three References, two of which must be professional
• Personal and health references
In addition, caregivers:
• Undertake First Aid and CPR training
• Upgrade skills through courses and workshops
• Communicate closely with the agency and parents
• Respect families cultural differences
• Foster children’s self-esteem through positive methods of child management