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Family Child Care

What is regulated family child care?


Regulated family child care is care provided to children in a child care provider’s home that is either individually licensed by staff of the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services or approved through a family child care agency. The Child Care Services legislation determines the number and ages of children.

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What financial supports are available to family child care providers?

Start Up Grants

  • A $5000 start up grant is available to family child care providers who are licensed/approved after April 1st 2011.
  • A $7500 start up grant is available to family child care providers who are licensed after April 1st 2011 to care for three children under 24 months. Homes that provide care to infants exclusively will be called “infant family child care homes”.

Infant Stimulus Grants

  • Family child care providers caring exclusively for infants in infant family child care homes are eligible to receive a $200/month stimulus grant per infant attending the setting.

Equipment Grants

  • All regulated family child care providers are eligible to receive an equipment grant to help offset the costs of equipment and play materials for their family child care home.

Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Supplement

  • Regulated Family Child Care providers who hold Level I Family Child Care Certification are eligible for an annual ELCC supplement of $2330.
  • Regulated Family Child Care providers who hold Level II-IV Family Child Care Certification are eligible for an annual ELCC supplement of $4660.
  • For information on certification, go to www.aecenl.ca opens in new window.
  • For more information on the ELCC supplement go to http://www.gov.nl.ca/cyfs/childcare/supplement/index.html

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What are the benefits of becoming a regulated family child care provider?

As a regulated family child care provider, whether licensed individually or approved through a family child care agency, you are able to:

  • Care for up to six children in your home.
  • Receive financial support in the form of start up grants, equipment grants, ELCC supplement and stimulus grants (for eligible providers).
  • Receive support from home visitors and/or child care services staff in your region.
  • Participate in networking opportunities with other family child care providers.
  • Receive family child care training and other professional development opportunities at little or no cost.

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What is the process to become approved or licensed?

Once you have expressed an interest in becoming a regulated family child care provider, the approval or licensing process can begin. This process involves the following: (please note that the potential family child care provider will receive information and support on each of the following as part of the licensing/approval process):

  • Contacting either a family child care agency (St. John’s or Corner Brook) or through child care staff in the region. (Contact information is at the end of this document.) You will then be sent an application package and will be provided with support from either the agency or the child care staff in the region to complete this application. You will be assigned a home visitor if you are becoming approved by an agency or a social worker/consultant if you are becoming individually licensed by the region.
  • A Fire/Life Safety and Environmental Health inspection of your home by Government Services inspectors – this will be arranged through either the agency or the regional office.
  • Obtaining general liability insurance coverage – your assigned home visitor or social worker/consultant will explain how much coverage is required.
  • Obtaining municipal approval through your municipality.
  • Completion of the Family Child Care Orientation Course. For more information on orientation courses go to www.aecenl.ca opens in new window. The orientation course can be done, free of charge, through distance education or through a workshop format, depending on your region.
  • First aid training.
  • A clear Certificate of Conduct and Child Protection Records Check for the provider and each adult (over the age of 16) who live in the home.
  • An approved menu plan, program plan of activities, floor plan of your home and an emergency escape plan. Your home visitor or social worker/consultant will provide you with information on the exact requirements for each of these.

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Contact information

For more information about becoming a family child care provider or to obtain an application you can contact:

Metro Region:

(709) 729-4331

Central East Region:

(709) 292-6283

Western Region:

(709) 637-2763

Labrador Region:

(709) 896-9170 ext. 222

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