Children’s Services

Working with individuals, municipalities, and agencies, Huron County Children’s Services makes sure that families and child care providers can find the early learning programs and child care support needed in our community. We are here to provide all children and their families easy access to:

  • Parent education
  • Early learning activities and resources
  • Connections to other community agencies or programs
  • Information on choosing a quality child care

In Huron County, there are different types of child care options to meet the needs of parents, families, and children. No one type of child care is right for everyone. You will find full and part-time child care in centers or approved homes available throughout the County. Making a decision about child care can be one of the most difficult decisions a parent can make. Are you only interested in child care centers or do you prefer an approved home child care setting? Is a licensed setting important to you? What are the differences? Does your child have special needs? Do you need financial help to cover your child care costs? Huron County Children’s Services has trained staff available to help parents and caregivers in making these decisions.

Lower licensed child care fees for children under 6 years.

Recently, the governments of Canada and Ontario signed an Early Learning and Child Care agreement.

If you have a child under 6 years in licensed child care, you may receive a 25% child care fee reduction retroactive to April 1, 2022, if your licensed child care provider participates in the early learning child care agreement. An additional 25% fee reduction will occur by the end of 2022.

If your licensed child care provider decides to participate and is approved, they will let you know when you will receive your refund. If your provider decides not to participate, they must let you know.

Once we receive more information from the Ontario government, we’ll be creating an application process to make it easy for your child care provider to apply. This process will take a few months but you will receive a refund retroactive to April 1, 2022.

If you have any questions about whether your child care provider intends to apply, you can talk to your child care provider.

For more information on the agreement, you can review the following link Canada-Ontario early years and child care agreement | ontario.ca

 

View the Child Care and Early Years Community Plan, which discusses the current services and challenges in Huron County.

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Programs

Child Care

Financial Assistance

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Resources

Programs

EarlyON Child and Family Programs

EarlyON programs are a place where parents and caregivers of children (from birth to six years of age) can:

  • Participate with their children in a range of age-appropriate programs and activities;
  • Discover answers to questions on child development;
  • Find information about programs and services that are available for young children and families in their area;
  • Talk to EarlyON Professionals, as well as other parents and caregivers in their community.

Qualified professionals can help families and caregivers find support, get advice, make personal connections and access a network of resources.  If you are a parent or caregiver, please join us in a safe learning environment where we can share play-based activities, story and music time, and information that supports families in their own communities.

EarlyON programs offer indoor, outdoor and virtual program options, as well as telephone or email support.

In addition to our programs being welcoming, fun, and interactive, they teach parents new activities to do at home to enhance their child’s development.

Join us  for programs such as:

  • Baby time
  • Parent-child Mother Goose
  • Songs & stories
  • Parent chats
  • Parent/Caregiver sessions: (toilet learning, Circle of Security Parenting, guest speakers, and so much more.)

Huron EarlyON uses the online registration system  KEyON a digital sign-in system that provides parents with a quick and simple way to sign in at EarlyON Centres in Huron County and across Ontario.  You can preregister for indoor, outdoor and virtual programs in a few easy steps. A step-by-step guide is available in the resources box below or by clicking here.  The KEyON system works best in Google Chrome.  

NEW – View our Huron County KEyON calendars by our program delivery, indoor, outdoor and virtual by clicking here.

Like & Follow us on the Huron EarlyON Facebook or Huron EarlyON Instagram pages for daily songs and activity ideas, creative fun, parent information, community resources, and our most current program information.

Have questions?  Email earlyon@huroncounty.ca

Growing Together, Early Learning Resource Program

 

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Growing Together is a free program that encourages children reach their full potential. We help parents and guardians support children that have special or developmental needs.

Under Ontario Regulation 138/15, a “child with special needs” means a child whose cognitive, physical, social, emotional, or communicative needs, or whose needs relating to overall development, are of such a nature that additional supports are required for the child.

Growing Together

  • Helps children at an early age of development
  • Offers free family-centred services through Early Learning Resource Consultants
  • Has resources that may identify possible delays in child development
  • Creates individualized plans with parents and guardians for early learning needs
  • Assists families in coordinating services with other professionals
  • Supports families and educators in licensed child care settings and EarlyON programs
  • Promotes inclusive environments for all children in early learning and school settings
  • Supports children transitioning to school or other community programs
  • Helps in before and after school programs or recreational summer programs
  • And more

Join Growing Together

This program is free.

To be eligible, children must:

  • Be 0–12 years in age
  • Live in Huron County
  • Have special needs or developmental needs
  • Be enrolled or enrolling in licensed child care settings or school-age programs or attend an EarlyON child and family program.

For this program, special needs is defined as cognitive, physical, social, emotional, or communicative needs, or where more supports are needed for healthy child development.

To apply, complete a Referral Form or call 519.482.8505.

Email completed forms to to childservices@huroncounty.ca or faxed to 519.482.5710.

Information collected remains confidential and is not shared without parental or guardian consent. This program is provincially legislated and administered by the County of Huron.

Child Care

Licensed Child Care

As a parent, you want to be confident that your child gets the best possible start in life, in a healthy, safe and happy environment. You also want child care and EarlyON programs that meet your child’s needs as he or she grows and learns. The County of Huron supports the Ministry of Educations vision that:

  • Every child has a sense of belonging when he or she is connected to others and contributes to their world.
  • Every child is developing a sense of self, health, and well-being.
  • Every child is an active and engaged learner who explores the world with body, mind, and senses.
  • Every child is a capable communicator who expresses himself or herself in many ways.

Register with OneHSN

OneHSN is designed to help you learn about the licensed child care services available in our community and apply for a child care space. The application process is easy to use and the information you provide will determine the child care options available to you. You can apply your child(ren)’s name to as many Centres as you choose & the Child Care Centre will contact you when a space becomes available.  Use our Parent Guide to help you apply to OneHSN.

Apply with OneHSN

Child Care Options

1. Licensed Centre-Based Child Care

Licensed child care centres care for infants, toddlers, pre-school, 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 make sure the programs meet specific provincial standards for the health, safety and meeting the developmental needs of the children.

2. Licensed Home Child Care Agencies

Home child care agencies are licensed by the Ministry of Education and meet provincial standards. These agencies then contract caring and knowledgeable providers who offer child care for children 0 – 12 years in their own homes.

Unlicensed Child Care

Unlicensed child care is a private arrangement made between the parents and a caregiver who is not contracted with a licensed home child care agency. It is often an independent provider who operates a business in their home. Unlicensed child care providers are not inspected by the government unless there has been a complaint. They are required to identify themselves as unlicensed in writing to parents. Unlicensed child care providers can care for:

  • a maximum of five children including their own children under the age of six; and
  • a maximum of two children under the age of two

 

Choosing Child Care Checklist

The early years in a child’s life are viewed as the beginning stages of lifelong learning. A child’s earliest experiences and interaction with adults and other children play a key role in a child’s development.

Caring, competent caregivers play an important role in promoting the social, physical, emotional and cognitive development of children.  Click here for a printable checklist.

When choosing a child care provider, consider the following:

Does the early childhood educator or home provider

  • foster caring relationships to create a sense of belonging between children, adults, and the community through positive and consistent interactions?
  • Show flexibility in meeting the different needs of all the children and their families?
  • nurture children’s healthy development?
  • Listen to children, and respond with interest and respect?
  • encourage choice, independence and relationship building and problem-solving?
  • have a current First Aid/CPR certificate and experience as an early childhood care provider?

Does the Program

  • offer a variety of activities to meet the needs of all children, including cultural needs?
  • provide a flexible schedule with a mix of indoor and outdoor time and a rest period?
  • offer nutritious meals and snacks, that accommodate all cultural and health needs?
  • accommodate for the health or special needs of the children?
  • encourage children to take part in age-appropriate life skills such as washing hands, dressing routines?
  • foster social and emotional well-being in children and support communication and expression in all forms?
  • provide clear expectations about administrative matters such as hours of operation, sick and medication policies, payment schedule?

Does the Physical Environment offer

  • experiences for children to be active, creative, and engage in meaningful exploration, play, and inquiry?
  • a designated space for the child’s belongings?
  • a soft and cozy space as well as areas that invite active and messy play?
  • both indoor and outdoor environments that are clean, accessible and safe
  • an indoor play space comfortable, bright and warm?
  • precautions and safety measures for any pets?
  • an area for children’s work to be displayed?
Licensed Child Care Centres
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 St.
Clinton, ON
519.482.5777
Infant to School Age Child Care
Before and After School Program

Summer Programs

ClintonHuron County Community Home Child CareRR 5
Clinton, ON
519.482.8505
Home child care in a variety of locations for a variety of ages, year round.
ExeterExeter Elementary Early Learning Centre93 Victoria St.

Exeter, ON

519235-0710

Family Setting

Before and After School

Summer School Age Program

ExeterRelouw Early Childhood
Learning Centre
80 Victoria St. E.
Exeter, ON
519.235.0710
Infant to School Age Child Care
Before and After School Program
GoderichGoderich Municipal Child Care Centre376 Cambridge St.
Goderich, ON
519.524.7441
Infant to Preschool Child Care
GoderichYMCAs Across Southwestern Ontario190 Suncoast Dr.
Goderich, ON
519.524.2125
Before and After School Programs in a variety of locations throughout Huron County
HensallBluewater Coast Early Learning Centre85 York St.

Hensall, ON

519-235-0710

Pre-school Program

Before and After School Program

Summer Program

SeaforthSeaforth Co-Operative Children’s Centre82 Chalk St.
Seaforth, ON
519.527.0682
Infant to School Age Child Care
Before and After School Program

Summer Program

VanastraVanastra Early Childhood Learning Centre26 Toronto Blvd.
Vanastra, ON
519.482.7634
Toddler to School Age Child Care
Before and After School Program
WaltonWalton’s Little SchoolRR 3
Walton, ON
519.887.8440
Toddler to School Age Child Care
Before and After School Program

Summer Program

WinghamNorth Huron Children’s CentreWilliam St.
Wingham, ON
519.357.2424
Infant to Preschool Child Care
Before and After School Program
ZurichWest Huron Early Childhood Learning Centre37792 Zurich-Hensall Rd.
Zurich, ON
519.236.7071
Infant to School Age Child Care
Before and After School Program

Summer Program

Licensed Home Child Care

 

What is Huron County Community Home Child Care?

Huron County Community Home Child Care is a child care setting that provides a safe, friendly, nurturing environment for your child, and fits your schedule, which can sometimes be difficult. Huron County Community Home Child Care is a home child care agency that is municipally operated by The County of Huron and licensed by the Ministry of Education. Huron County Community Home Child Care aims to offer quality, convenient, affordable, and flexible child care in communities across Huron County.

Why choose Huron County Community Home Child Care?

Who regulates these homes?

Huron County Community Home Child Care is annually licensed by the Ministry of Education. It is the County’s responsibility to ensure that all homes meet government legislation. This includes qualified staff from the County of Huron to effectively screen providers using criminal references checks, vulnerable sector screens, and Children’s Aid Society background checks.

To ensure all legislation is followed, qualified staff from the County of Huron will visit all homes at least monthly with regular and unscheduled visits. Staff conduct quarterly home safety inspections and provide support for both parents and providers.

How do I register my child with Huron County Community Home Child Care?

Visit www.onehsn.com/huron to place your child(ren) on the waitlist for Huron County Community Home Child Care.

OneHSN is designed to help you learn about the licensed child care services available in our community and apply for a child care space. The application process is easy to use and the information you provide will determine the child care options available to you. You can apply your child(ren)’s name to as many Centres as you choose & the Child Care Centre will contact you when a space becomes available.     Use the OneHSN Parent Guide to help you set up your account.

Child Care Fee subsidy is available for those that qualify.  For more information, visit our Fee Assistance section.

Contact us at 519-482-8505, childservices@huroncounty.ca and follow us on Facebook

Becoming a Home Child Care Provider

The County of Huron is seeking individuals who are passionate about offering quality child care in a safe and nurturing home environment.

 

Home Child Care Providers will:

  • Be able to build positive and trustworthy relationships with children and families
  • Follow Canada’s Food Guide to provide healthy meals and snacks daily
  • Read, understand, and follow the Ministry of Education and County of Huron policies
  • Follow How Does Learning Happen? from Ontario’s Pedagogy for Early Years
  • Provide criminal reference checks and Children’s Aid Society background checks
  • Be willing to participate in professional learning opportunities

Benefits for Approved Home Child Care Providers:

  • Referral of families
  • Professional learning opportunities
  • Guaranteed payment at competitive rates
  • Ongoing support regarding children and families
  • Assistance in setting up a private home business
  • Opportunities to network with other Providers
  • Early Intervention Resources are available for consultation and service

Interested in Becoming a Home Child Care Provider? 

Huron County Children’s Services, in partnership with the Huron County Economic Development Department have created two information webinars for those that are  actively seeking  to become new Home Child Care Providers in the  Huron County region.  The first session focuses on  providing general information, eligibility, pay scale, onboarding, and the next steps in the approval process.  This video can be found on this link.

The second session focuses the home  child care operation as a business. This video can be found on this link.

Interested applicants can fill out a provider application form and email to childservices@huroncounty.ca

For more information, contact us at 1.888.371.5718

For more information on home child care, please read What Home Child Care Agencies & Providers Need to Know for AgencyAffiliated and Privately Placed Children.

Become an Early Childhood Educator
Early Childhood Educators provide an important role in our Community. 
 
Early Childhood education sets the foundation for lifelong learning, behaviour and health. Early Childhood Educators provide opportunities and experiences that create the conditions for healthy brain development, to learn and build relationships and form healthy lifestyles. Early Childhood Educators are caring, reflective and resourceful professionals that foster diversity and inclusive social and cultural experiences for children and their families
 
Early Childhood Educators focus on the whole child, including physical, social, emotional and cognitive development as well as their interaction with the world around them. Early Childhood Educators are compassionate, adaptable, innovative and knowledgeable in child and family relations.
 
Thanks to the Licensed Child Care Network of London, ON for sharing this video on the lifelong relationship between a child and their Early Childhood Educator.
 

Obtain your Early Childhood Education Diploma locally.

If shaping and nurturing the young minds of the future while enjoying a satisfying and in-demand career interest you, Fanshawe’s Early Childhood Education program, based out of Clinton ON, right in the heart of Huron County will give you the skills and the hands-on experience to get you on your way.   https://www.facebook.com/thestaysh/videos/2370890759711083

 

Our unique early childhood education program blends theory and coursework with real experience in the field, so you’ll graduate with all of the skills necessary to begin your career. You’ll develop your knowledge and professional skills in child development with the assistance of our diverse early childhood education courses. Additionally, you’ll learn about your valuable and specialized role in the community, the importance of play in children’s learning, family involvement, and curriculum design and implementation on your way to securing your diploma in early childhood education.

 
 
Financial Assistance with your ECE qualifications. 
 
If you are currently working in the child care field and would like to upgrade your qualifications, funding may be available.  The objective of the Early Childhood Educators Qualifications Upgrade Program is to financially support individuals studying in the field, who work in Early Years settings, to obtain an ECE diploma and become eligible to apply for membership with the College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE).
 
 
 
 

Financial Assistance

Subsidized Child Care in Huron County

Families living in the County of Huron may qualify to have the full or partial amount of their child care costs paid by the County of Huron if funding permits. This can be arranged when child care is provided at a licensed childcare centre or an approved home provider.

Generally, child care costs are the responsibility of parents or legal guardian. Child care subsidies are available to families living in Huron County that meet certain employment and financial qualifications. Eligibility is determined by guidelines set by the Ministry of Education – Early Learning Division.

Parent(s) or legal guardian can apply when:

  • The child is under 12 years old in a licensed childcare program or approved home child care.
  • A school age child is enrolled in an approved recreation program.

To qualify, parents or guardians must be participating in one of the following approved activities:

  • Employed and working full or part time.
  • Educational or training program.
  • Employment assistance activity as approved under the Ontario Works program.
  • Parent of a special needs child (medical, delays in development, social and emotional concerns) referred by a professional working with the family.

Financial eligibility for child care fee subsidy is based on family net income. Applicants must have filed last year’s income tax return and can verify family net income with a current Notice of Assessment (NOA) or Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) Notice from the Canada Revenue Agency

Child Care Fee Subsidy Applications are now available on-line for Huron County residence accessing licensed child care.  To create an account or sign in, please click on the following link.

For more information, FAQ, and instructions on how to apply for childcare subsidy, please contact Huron County Children’s Services at 519.482.8505 or toll free at 1.888.371.5718, or email childservices@huroncounty.ca

*You may be subject to a fee subsidy wait list.

Child Care Subsidy Calculator

If your family income is less than $20,000 your child care costs may be fully subsidized by the County. If your family income is over $20,000 you will be required to pay a portion of your child care costs.

Child Care Subsidy is a monthly payment that helps Huron County families with the cost of child care. Use the calculator below to determine your financial eligibility for child care subsidy and to see an estimate of your expected family/parental contribution towards child care costs.

Family Income

If you do not have your Notice of Assessment, please call the Canada Revenue Agency at 1.800.959.8281.

Enter Line 236 of your most recent Notice of Assessment (Form T451).


 e.g. 25000

 

 


Resources

  • pdf
    EarlyON Programs Participant Handbook during COVID-19.
  • pdf
    KEyON User Guide
  • pdf
    OneHSN Child Care Waitlist Parent Information Sheet
  • pdf
    Child Care & Early Years Community Plan
  • pdf
    What are the maximum number of children allowed in home child care?
  • pdf
    2022 Huron County Community Home Child Care Parent Handbook
  • pdf
    What Home Child Care Agencies & Providers Need to Know for Agency Affiliated and Privately Placed Children
  • pdf
    Growing Together Referral Form
  • pdf
    Diversity and Inclusion Resource Guide for Families in Huron County.
  • pdf
    Child Care Checklist

Contact Information

Should you have any questions or concerns relating to any aspect of Children’s Services within Huron County, please contact us.

Huron County Children’s Services
Jacob Memorial Building
77722D London Road, RR 5
Clinton, Ontario N0M 1L0

Phone: 519.482.8505
Toll-Free: 1.888.371.5718
Fax: 519.482.5710

Email: childservices@huroncounty.ca

Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM