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Licensed Child Care

In Ontario, an adult may care for up to five unrelated children under the age of 10 without needing a licence. (This is commonly referred to as informal child care.) Informal caregivers are not regulated or monitored. However licensing and compliance still apply.

Licensing and Compliance Statement of Limitations (PDF). Ontario Ministry of Education: South West Region, July 2013.

In Huron County there are different types of child care options to help meet the needs of families and children. Choosing the child care arrangement that best meets your needs and those of your child can be difficult, especially if it is your first child and they are still very young.

Child care centres provide care for children in a group setting; offering services for children aged six weeks right up to twelve years of age. The operating hours for centres vary, but most provide full-time care Monday to Friday during regular working hours. Some centres also offer part-time care as well as before and or after-school care.

All child care centres are licensed under the Child Care and Early Years Act and inspected annually. Centres are licensed for the maximum number of children who are grouped together by age. There are also maximum group size and staff to child ratios that vary according to the age of the children. Every group of children must include at least one trained staff person having an Early Childhood Education certificate or equivalent qualification.

Most child care centres have both full fee and subsidized spaces for families that qualify.

The following centre-based child care options are available:

  • Child Care Centres
    These child care centres provide quality child care for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 10 years of age. Early morning openings and late closings permit them to offer extended care. The centres provide planned, supervised indoor and outdoor activities as well as nutritious meals. Professionally trained staff provide individual attention within a group setting and are trained to assess developmental and/or physical delays.

  • Nursery Schools
    Nursery Schools are licensed programs under the Day Nurseries Act. They provide part-time care for pre-school children between 2 1/2 and 5 years of age. Some are cooperative nursery schools, where parents are very involved in the planning and operation of the program.

  • Before and After School Programs
    Extended Day Programs are for children enrolled in Full Day Early Learning Kindergarten programs; they typically take place in the kindergarten room. Programs are designed to complement the core Full Day Kindergarten program and provide a seamless and consistent experience for the child.

    School Age Programs are geared for children aged 6-12 years, and are designed to provide opportunities to engage in age-appropriate activities in a safe and caring environment. Children in these programs participate in healthy eating, physical and social activities designed to support healthy child development.

Licensed Child Care Operators in Huron County

Town Provider Address Type of Child Care
Clinton Clinton Co-Operative
Childcare Centre
165 Princess Street
Clinton, ON N0M 1L0 519.482.5777
Day Care
Clinton Huron County Community
Home Child Care
RR 5
Clinton, ON N0M 1L0 519.482.8505 or
1.888.371.5718 (Toll-free)
Day Care
Exeter Relouw Early Childhood
Learning Centre
80 Victoria Street
East Exeter, ON N0M 1S1
Day Care
Goderich Goderich Municipal Child Care Centre 376 Cambridge Street
Goderich, ON N7A 2Z1
Day Care
Goderich YMCAs Across Southwestern Ontario 190 Suncoast Drive
Goderich, ON N7A 4N4
Before and After School Programs
Seaforth Seaforth Co-Operative
Children’s Centre
82 Chalk Street
Seaforth, ON N0K 1W0
Day Care
Vanastra Vanastra Early Learning Centre 26 Toronto Blvd.
Vanastra, ON N0M 1L0
Day Care
Walton Walton’s Little School RR 3
Walton, ON N0K 1Z0
Day Care
Wingham North Huron Children’s Centre William Street
Wingham, ON N0G 2W0
Day Care
Zurich Bean Sprouts Nursery School Blue Water Rest Home
Zurich, ON N0M 2T0
Nursery School
Zurich West Huron Early Childhood Learning Centre 37792 Zurich-Hensall Road
Zurich, ON N0M 2T0
Day Care