Region of Waterloo Home Child Care

The Region of Waterloo is licensed by the Ministry of Education to run a home child care program for children from birth to age 12.  Over 350 caregivers contract with us to provide quality care to more than 1,000 children in Waterloo Region.

More Information About our Program for Parents

Our program is available to all families, even if you need help to pay for it. Our consultants are trained in early childhood education and work closely with caregivers to ensure they meet provincial standards. They also work closely with families to form trusting, supportive relationships that help children grow and develop to their full potential. 

Please see the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care page for more information about the plan.

Home Child Care Set Up

Home child care provides a unique and rich learning environment for children.  Siblings can often be placed together and smaller group sizes allow for more child and caregiver interaction.  Hours of care are often flexible. When you choose a licensed child home care provider, you receive the following advantages and safeguards:
  • More hours of availability with flexible options
  • Friendly home atmospheres 
  • Child Care Subsidy available for eligible families and CWELCC reduction to rates of care for all families
  • Criminal record check including vulnerable sector check (for all residents of the home 18 years and over)
  • Consultation with Registered ECEs
  • Child development screening
  • Access to free special needs resources
  • Home safety checks and unannounced visits
  • Paying monthly with pre-authorized payments
  • Caregivers required to have adequate insurance coverage 
  • Tax receipts provided

Below are our daily rates for care, effective January 1, 2023.  The rates below are already reduced 52.75% for children under the age of 6 as applicable under the Canada Wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement.  If you are unable to afford child care, you may qualify to have some or all of the cost covered by the Region. Find out if you are eligible for child care subsidy.

Region of Waterloo Home Child Care Base Fees

Hours required per day

Age of child 


Jan. 1,2023

H1 (Before and After School - under 5 hours)

School Age (before and after school)

Preschool Age (before and after school) 



H2 (0-10 hours)

Infant (3 - 18 months)

Toddler (18 - 30 months)

Pre School (30 - 72 months)

School Age





H3 (10-18 hours)

Infant (3 - 18 months)

Toddler (18 - 30 months)

Pre School (30 - 72 months)

School Age





H4 (18-23 hours)




Infant (3 - 18 months)

Toddler (18 - 30 months)

Pre School (30 - 72 months)

School Age





Any fees for insufficient funds are considered non-base fees and are not eligible for a reduction under the Canada Wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement.

Explore our program
Check the status of a child care provider
The Ministry of Education has had a public registry of all recorded and verified child care violations since January 2012.

Register for Home Child Care

Once you apply, you will be contacted by email to review your child care needs when you are within 3 months of your start date. Home Child Care differs from centre care in the sense that we do not have the same waitlist process. We will let you know what spaces are available in your area closer to the time that you require care based on your care needs and preferences.

Apply Here: Child Care Waitlist (

Home Child Care Rock Painting

More Information for those Interested in Becoming a Caregiver

The Region is a licensed agency that contracts with approved caregivers to provide child care in their home. We welcome applicants who are registered early childhood educators, but it isn't a requirement. However, we do require that you have experience working with children. Due to the overwhelming number of applications we receive, not everyone that applies will be contacted for an interview.

Advantages of Contracting with us
Become a licensed caregiver with us and receive professional development opportunities and support from a registered Early Childhood Educator. Other benefits include:
  • Wage top ups
  • Referrals to your home child care program
  • No fee collection from parents, we pay you directly
How to Apply
  1. Register for our online information session by emailing  You will be sent an application form.
  2. Your application will be assessed based on your qualifications, the location of your home, and the number of children needing care in your area.
  3. If your application is selected to proceed, you will be sent an information session and one of our consultants will schedule a scored interview with you in your home. You will be assessed for your experience and ability to work with children and later contacted about next steps.

Please note if your first language is not English and you are below a level 6, you can still apply to our program following the steps above. We now offer the Language and Mentorship Program (LAMP) to recruit caregivers from different cultures and languages. The purpose of this program is to provide parents with options to choose a caregiver who speaks their language or understands their culture. We collaborate with interpreters as needed to support with the sign up process, online learning, policy review and consultant visits. Interpreters are also available during the interview process. Consultants visit and support the caregivers weekly, biweekly and then monthly. Caregivers are encouraged to attend ESL Classes and/or English conversation circles in the community. Once the Caregiver and Consultant are comfortable with the level of communication, childcare provided, and ability to follow Home Child Care policies and procedures, caregivers will transition out of the LAMP program to the Consultant that supports their geographical area. If this sounds like a good fit for you, when you get to page 3 of the application, please answer, “Yes” to the question, “Is your English currently lower than a level 6 or would you benefit from our Language and Mentorship program (LAMP)?”


Additional requirements
  • We inspect your home to ensure it complies with the Ministry of Education's Home Inspection Checklist
  • Current Standard First Aid Certification with Infant CPR (Level C)
  • Criminal reference check including vulnerable sector check for you and everyone 18 years or older who lives in your home
  • Family and Children Services record check for you and everyone 18 years or older who lives in your home
  • The requirements listed above will only be required after a passing score has been obtained in the interview and reference checks have been completed.

Resources for caregivers

Home Child Care Set Up

Are you part of our community of caregivers? The resources below will help with your professional development and provide guidance on standards to follow when caring for children in your home.

 Useful links
Policies and procedures
Sample forms for privately placed children
Home Child Care Resource Manual 

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