Our Home Child Care Program is operated by the City of Cornwall and is licensed under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (CCEYA). We offer full-time and part-time home-based early learning and care in a family setting that is equitable, affordable and accessible to all residents of the City of Cornwall and the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.

Licensed Home Child Care is government-regulated early learning and care that takes place in homes of approved home child care providers who work with our agency. The Child Care and Early Years Act is the Ontario Government law that sets the minimum standards for operating licensed child care centres and home child care agencies. Licensed Home Child Care provides children with a warm, loving, inclusive, safe and stimulating environment as well as offering a sense of security for parents and a supportive environment for child care providers.

Please click here to read the Home Child Care Parent Handbook and Program Statement.

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 Information for Parents

Our program aims to match each child and family with a compatible provider in his/her community. The Home Child Care Program offers high quality full fee and subsidized child care for infants to 12 years of age. Full time and part-time child care arrangements are available, including flexible hours. 

Among the many advantages of this type of care are the smaller child to provider ratio.  We offer the support of our team of professionals to the parents and providers. Parents can be confident that their child is receiving quality care.

The home child care provider is a caring and nurturing person who offers a stimulating environment for children.  The provider is carefully screened through a comprehensive screening process and home assessment by a highly skilled child care advisor.  Screening includes the following:

  • Criminal Reference Check
  • Children's Aid Society background check
  • Medical
  • Home fire inspection
  • Written references

Each home child care provider must follow directives regarding health and safety, nutrition, activities, as well as number and ages of children permitted as set out by the agency and Ministry of Education.  Home child care providers are limited to 6 day care children. Her own children are included in the following age and number restrictions for children under the age of 6 years:

  • maximum of 6 children under the age of 13
  • maximum of only 2 children under the age of 2 (including their own children)

Each home is visited routinely by a child care advisor trained in Early Childhood Education who offers ongoing support and guidance and ensures that the requirements of the Child Care and Early Years Act are met. The child care advisor will monitor and make certain that the physical, emotional and social needs of your child is being met.

Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) are teachers of children from infancy to school age who work in child care and who have completed training in child development, child safety, nutrition, children's programming and administration either through a college diploma or a university degree program. ECEs are responsible for the development, planning and implementation of activities that protect and promote children's intellectual, physical, social and emotional growth. Supervisors of child care centres and home child care agencies must have their ECE or equivalent and at least two years of experience working in a child care centre.

Your child will have access to many resources such as equipment, age appropriate toys, arts and craft materials, books, playgroups and special events.

You have access to support from child care professionals on child development.  We believe close cooperation and communication between the three partners of the "team" - parent, provider and child care advisor is key to a successful child care relationship.  

How to Become a Home Child Care Provider

The Home Child Care Program is always looking for Home Day Care Providers in the City of Cornwall and the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry who are interested in caring for children in their homes.

The goal of our Home Child Care Program is to provide children with a warm, loving, inclusive, safe and stimulating environment as well as offering a supportive environment for child care providers.

Advantages of the Home Child Care Program:

  • You are self-employed
  • You are paid on a regular basis
  • No exchange of money between yourself and the parent(s)
  • You are paid 30 absent days / vacation days
  • You receive professional support in Early Childhood Educators
  • You are offered workshops and training
  • You can access a toy and equipment lending service

Do you:

  • Want playmates for your children?
  • Want to help parents working or training outside the home?
  • Want to supplement your family income without having to work outside your home?
  • Have a suitable location and space in your home?
  • Provide flexible hours of care to accommodate parent's work schedules?


  • Offer a safe, healthy and stimulating environment for children
  • Provide age appropriate activities that meet the needs of individual children
  • Provide nutritional meals and snacks
  • Work in collaboration with program Child Care Advisor and parent(s)
  • Contracted to the City of Cornwall which services the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
  • Provide child care in your home to no more than 6 day care children under the age of 13
  • Provide criminal reference check, including a Vulnerable Sector Screen for anyone residing in the home that is over the age of 18 years
  • Maintain homeowners' insurance policy covering contents and liability

This can be a rewarding opportunity for you to work with families in your community.

The Home Child Care Licensed Agency is a program within the Child Care Services Division of the Social and Housing Services Department of the City of Cornwall.

If you are interested in our Home Child Care Program, and would like to apply either by completing and submitting the online Home Child Care Provider Application to our office by mail to the City of Cornwall, Child Care Services, P.O. Box 877, Cornwall, ON, K6H 5T9, by fax to 613-930-7454, by calling our office at 613-933-6282 extension 3310 or email to the Child Care Division.

The Agency will contact you if there is a need for services in your area.

Home Child Care Fees

Schedule of Daily Rates for Home Child Care

Rates as of February 1, 2019

1. Services consisting of a minimum of 6.5 hours to a maximum of 12 hours, including the provision of meals and snacks.

Infant (full rate $37.00) - $32.00

Toddler (full rate $35.00) - $31.00

Preschool (full rate $34.00) -  $31.00

Kindergarten / School Age - $34.00

2. Services consisting of a minimum of 2 hours to a maximum of 6.5 hours, including the provision of a meal and snacks.

Infant (full rate $28.00) - $23.00

Toddler (full rate $26.00) - $22.00

Preschool (full rate $25.00) - $22.00

Kindergarten / School Age -  $25.00 

3. Services consisting of a maximum of up to 2 hours before and after school only.

Kindergarten / School Age -  $10.00

4. The foregoing fees will be supplemented by an amount of $5.00 for the provision of non-traditional hour services on a weekend, during evening hours or overnight. 
 *Before 6:30 AM and after 6:00 PM
All Ages - $5.00 per hour














Please note all rates listed are subject to change.

Note:  Our Home Child Care Agency is participating in the City of Cornwall 2-year affordability pilot program which will end November 30, 2019. Therefore, fees have been reduced for the duration of this program as follows: $5 for infants, $4 for toddlers and $3 for preschool aged children.  This program is being funded by the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada.

Please visit the Child Care Fee Subsidies page for additional information on subsidy assistance.

Parents are responsible to pay for up to ten (10) statutory holidays as noted in the parent handbook and up to thirty (30) absent/vacation days every calendar year. Also, parents are required to provide the Agency with two weeks notice of termination of services. An invoice will be issued to you by the Agency on a monthly basis. Payment is accepted by pre-authorization payment plan, cheque and post-dated cheques for the payment of child care services incurred with the department. Receipts are provided each February for income tax purposes.

For more information, please email us.

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Child Care Division
340 Pitt Street, Third Floor, Box 877, Cornwall ON, K6H 5T9
Phone: 613-933-6282 ext. 3310
Fax: 613-930-7454
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