Licensed Child Care

 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 Registered Early Childhood Educator.

The following centre-based child care options are available

  • Child Care Centres

    Licensed child care centres care for infants, toddlers, preschool and school-aged children.  They include nursery schools, full-day care and before-and-after-school programs.  Ministry of Education staff inspects child care centres at least once a year to ensure the programs meet specific provincial standards for the health, safety and developmental needs of the children.

  • Nursery Schools

    Nursery Schools are licensed programs under the Child Care and Early Years Act. They provide part-time care for pre-school children between 2 1/2 and 6 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 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

TownProviderAddressType of Child Care
ClintonClinton Co-Operative
Childcare Centre
27 Percival Street
Clinton, ON N0M 1L0 519.482.5777
Child Care
Before and After School Program
ClintonHuron County Community
Home Child Care
RR 5
Clinton, ON N0M 1L0 519.482.8505 or
1.888.371.5718 (Toll-free)
Home child care in a variety of locations
ExeterRelouw Early Childhood
Learning Centre
80 Victoria Street
East Exeter, ON N0M 1S1
519.235.0710
Child Care
Before and After School Program
GoderichGoderich Municipal Child Care Centre376 Cambridge Street
Goderich, ON N7A 2Z1
519.524.7441
Child Care
GoderichYMCAs Across Southwestern Ontario 190 Suncoast Drive
Goderich, ON N7A 4N4
519.524.2125
Before and After School Programs in a variety of locations throughout Huron County
SeaforthSeaforth Co-Operative Children’s Centre82 Chalk Street
Seaforth, ON N0K 1W0
519.527.0682
Child Care
Before and After School Program
VanastraVanastra Early Childhood Learning Centre26 Toronto Blvd.
Vanastra, ON N0M 1L0
519.482.7634
Child Care
Before and After School Program
WaltonWalton’s Little SchoolRR 3
Walton, ON N0K 1Z0
519.887.8440
Child Care
Before and After School Program
WinghamNorth Huron Children’s CentreWilliam Street
Wingham, ON N0G 2W0
519.357.2424
Child Care
Before and After School Program
ZurichBean Sprouts Nursery SchoolBlue Water Rest Home
Zurich, ON N0M 2T0
519.237.3180
Nursery School
ZurichWest Huron Early Childhood Learning Centre37792 Zurich-Hensall Road
Zurich, ON N0M 2T0
519.236.7071
Child Care
Before and After School Program

In Ontario, an adult may care for up to five unrelated children under the age of 12 without needing a licence. (This is commonly referred to as unlicensed or informal child care.) Informal caregivers are not regulated or monitored. However licensing and compliance still apply.

what-providers-and-parents-need-to-know. Ontario Ministry of Education, 2015.