Many families require someone to care for their children while they are at work or studying. In Ontario there are two types of childcare:
Licensed childcare, or day care centres are facilities where children from different families are cared for by qualified staff. These centres offer balanced programs and activities for infants, toddlers, pre-school and school-age children. It is a good idea to visit the centre you are considering, meet the staff, ask questions, and watch what is happening before making a decision.
Private, unlicensed day care is informal, which may be provided by a friend, neighbour, or family member at either their home or yours. Under the Day Nurseries Act and Regulation, caregivers can have no more than 5 children under the age of 10 in their care at any one time, not including the caregiver's children. Unlicensed caregivers are not supervised or monitored.
It is important to make the right decision about who you choose to care for your children and you will want to plan well in advance. Often there are waiting lists for child care and it could take you some time to get a spot in the facility of your choice. This is especially the case for summer day care and day camps.
You'll also find information in newspaper ads, bulletin boards, the local office of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, friends, neighbours, relatives, and co-workers and on the internet at www.myzer.com under the section for childcare.
Subsidized Child Care
There are financial assistance programs available to help Canadian parents.
A parent, foster parent or legal guardian of a child up to 9 years of age may be eligible for free assistance for child care. You must meet certain income and employment criteria to be eligible. It is advisable that you apply well in advance due to a limited number of spots available.
For information, please call 905-791-1585.
The Ontario Child Care Supplement for Working Families provides a tax-free monthly payment to help with the cost of raising children under the age of seven, for low and modest income parents who are working, studying or training, as well as working families with one stay-at-home parent. For more information visit the Ontario Ministry of Revenue.
Note: You must meet certain income and employment criteria to be eligible
Day Care and Early Childhood Education Resources in Timmins
ABC Early Childhood Education
686 College St.
Telephone: (705) 267-2221
ABC Early Childhood Education (2nd location)
88 Moore St.
South Porcupine, Ontario
Telephone: (705) 235-2424
Bambi's Castle Day Care Centre
571 Pine Street North
Telephone: (705) 268-6601
La Garderie Clin D'Oneil
102-341 Theriault Blvd.
Telephone: (705) 268-7690
La Garderie Clin D'Oeil (2nd location)
896 Riverside Drive, Building 2
Telephone: (705) 268-1180
Kids Adventure Centre
56 First Avenue
Telephone: (705) 264-0008
One Step at a Time
522 Birch Street South
Telephone: (705) 268-3784
316 Spruce Street South
Telephone: (705) 268-6111
Precious Children Daycare
98 Mountjoy Street South
Telephone: (705) 268-7233
Sonshine Nursery School
850 Airport Road
Telephone: (705) 268-8687
Timmins Family YMCA
376 Poplar Avenue
Telephone: (705) 360-4381
Fax: (705) 360-4382
More Childcare Resources
Child Care Ontario provides support for parents to become effective consumers of child day care. It also provides support for those wanting to start their own day care business
Child & Family Services of Timmins has a mission to work together to promote the well-being and safety of children, youth and families. They offer several services and programs to assist children and their families.
Home Child Care Association of Ontario promotes, develops and supports licensed home-based childcare services with legislated standards of quality and safety