Children’s Services

The Children’s Services office will be closed to the public effective end of day March 16, 2020 until further notice. Although the office will be closed to personal visits, we will continue all essential services to our families. Please call the office at 519-482-8505 if you have any further questions.

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 care-givers in making these decisions.

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

Programs

EarlyON Program

All Huron County EarlyON in-person programs remain closed at this time. We continue to work towards a safe re-opening plan for our in-person programming. Watch for updates.

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.

EarlyON professionals offer a variety of free programs and services throughout Huron County. EarlyON programs provide play based learning for children and their parents and caregivers through play, song, games, sensory and creative experiences. These opportunities allow children to develop their social and emotional skills, reach developmental milestones and begin their journey of lifelong learning.

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.

Huron EarlyON facilitators are offering FREE virtual programs on Zoom. Join us online for programs such as:

  • Baby time
  • Parent-child Mother Goose
  • Songs & stories
  • Parent chats
  • Parent/Caregiver sessions: (toilet learning, circle of security, guest speakers, etc.)

Email earlyon@huroncounty.ca for more information and program registration.

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

Early Intervention Resource Program

Growing Together Early Learning Resource Program supports families to help children develop to their full potential.

Growing Together Early Learning Resource Program Provides:

  • Early intervention strategies to help children reach their full potential in all areas of development
  • Child development screens to identify possible delays in development
  • Assistance to families in coordinating services of other professionals
  • Support to Early Learning Childcare programs to create inclusive environments for all children
  • Support to children transitioning to school or other community programs
  • Strategies and opportunities to support early literacy development

Accessing Growing Together Early Learning Resource Program

This free program:

  • Is available for children 0 – 6 years of age throughout Huron County with concerns in one or more of the following areas of development: physical, social, emotional, communication and cognitive development.
  • Is available for children ages 6-12 registered in licensed school age programs

To access, or refer a child to this service, an Online Referral Form is available, or you may contact the program at 519.482.8505. Completed forms can be faxed to 519.482.5710.

Childcare

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.

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 home.

Things to look for when searching for child care:

Early Learning Professionals

  • Does the Early Childhood Educator or Home Child Care Provider create a sense of belonging by interacting positively and consistently with the children?
  • Does Early Childhood Educator or Home Child Care Provider listen and respond with interest when the children speak to them?
  • Is the Early Childhood Educator or Home Child Care Provider playing with the children at the child’s level?
  • Does the Early Childhood Educator or Home Child Care Provider encourage independence and problem solving?
  • What training and experience does Early Childhood Educator or Home Child Care Provider have?
  • Does the Early Childhood Educator or Home Child Care Provider have current First Aid and CPR?

Environment and Program

  • Are the children who are in attendance happy and engaged in activity?
  • What will a typical day look like for my child?
  • What types of activities are offered throughout the day?
  • Are there daily literacy activities offered?
  • Where will my child nap?
  • Is the indoor and outdoor environment set up with a variety of age appropriate activities for children to access?
  • Is both the indoor and outdoor environment clean and safe?
  • Are there any pets and if so what precautions are in place to keep the children safe?
  • Is the environment comfortable, bright and warm?
  • Is there children’s work displayed anywhere?
  • What is the policy/philosophy on discipline?
  • Can this program accommodate any health or special needs my child has?

Administration

  • What items do I need to send with my child daily?
  • Are healthy and nutritious meals and snacks provided? You can ask to see the menus.
  • What policy is in place if children are sick or need medication?
  • What is the payment policy and policy on sick days and holidays?
  • What are the program’s hours of operation?

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

 

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:

Town Provider Address Type of Child Care
Clinton Clinton Co-Operative
Childcare Centre
27 Percival St.
Clinton, ON
519.482.5777
Child Care
Before and After School Program
Clinton Huron County Community Home Child Care RR 5
Clinton, ON
519.482.8505
Home child care in a variety of locations
Exeter Relouw Early Childhood
Learning Centre
80 Victoria St. E.
Exeter, ON
519.235.0710
Child Care
Before and After School Program
Goderich Goderich Municipal Child Care Centre 376 Cambridge St.
Goderich, ON
519.524.7441
Child Care
Goderich YMCAs Across Southwestern Ontario 190 Suncoast Dr.
Goderich, ON
519.524.2125
Before and After School Programs in a variety of locations throughout Huron County
Seaforth Seaforth Co-Operative Children’s Centre 82 Chalk St.
Seaforth, ON
519.527.0682
Child Care
Before and After School Program
Vanastra Vanastra Early Childhood Learning Centre 26 Toronto Blvd.
Vanastra, ON
519.482.7634
Child Care
Before and After School Program
Walton Walton’s Little School RR 3
Walton, ON
519.887.8440
Child Care
Before and After School Program
Wingham North Huron Children’s Centre William St.
Wingham, ON
519.357.2424
Child Care
Before and After School Program
Zurich Bean Sprouts Nursery School Blue Water Rest Home
Zurich, ON
519.237.3180
Nursery School
Zurich West Huron Early Childhood Learning Centre 37792 Zurich-Hensall Rd.
Zurich, ON
519.236.7071
Child Care
Before and After School Program
Licensed Home Child Care

Deciding on a child care setting that provides a safe, friendly, nurturing environment for your child, and fits your schedule can sometimes be difficult. Huron County Community Home Child Care aims to offer quality, convenient, affordable, and flexible child care in communities across Huron County.

View the Huron County Community Home Child Care Parent/Guardian Handbook, here.

What is Huron County Community Home Child Care?

Huron County Community Home Child Care is a private home child care agency that is municipally operated by The County of Huron and licensed by the Ministry of Education. This licensed child care program aims to offer a home away from home for children while their parents or guardians are at work or in school.

Why choose Huron County Community Home Child Care?

  • Child care is proved for children 0-12 years in a welcoming, caring and safe home environment
  • Flexible hours including full and part time schedules, before-and-after school, days, evenings, overnights and weekends
  • Small group sizes
  • Daily indoor, outdoor, age appropriate, play-based learning activities provided for your child
  • Healthy meals and snacks are offered
  • Affordable costs and fee subsidy is available
  • Screening process for providers includes criminal reference checks and vulnerable sector screens

Who regulates these homes?

The County of Huron, Huron County Community Home Child Care is annually licensed by the Ministry of Education. It is the County’s responsibility to ensure that homes meet all government legislation including:

  • Behaviour management practices
  • Sanitary policies
  • Nutrition
  • Programming
  • Safe environments

Qualified staff from the County of Huron visit all homes at least monthly with regular unscheduled visits. Staff conduct home safety inspections and provide support for both parents and providers.

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

  • Contact the Huron County Community Home Child Care office for a list of approved providers in your area. 1.888.371.5718
  • Meet with the providers and choose the right one for you and your child
  • Re-connect with the home child care office to register your child and set up a start date for child care to begin

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. View the OneHSN 5 Step Parent Guide here.

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 loving home child care environment.

Home Child Care Providers must:

  • Be able to build positive and trustworthy relationships with children and families
  • Provide healthy meals and snacks daily
  • Provide a safe indoor and outdoor learning environment
  • Read, understand, and abide by program and Ministry policies
  • Provide criminal reference checks and Children’s Aid Society background checks
  • Demonstrate an understanding of child development and 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
  • Resource Consultants are available for consultation and service

Interested applicants fill out an application form and fax it back to 519.482.1632. For more information, contact us at 1.888.371.5718.

COVID-19 Child Care Re-Opening

The Province of Ontario announced on June 9, 2020 child care operators are allowed to re-open as early as June 12, 2020 provided they meet health and safety recommendations and guidelines as established by The Ministry of Education and public health. Consequently, the County of Huron is no longer accepting applications for Emergency Child Care, and current emergency child care services will end on June 26, 2020.

Child care operators through our the  County of Huron will open individually as they meet these guidelines. Please note, as outlined in the guidelines, child care centres will open at reduced capacity.   Huron County Community Home Child Care providers have also put enhanced health and safety measures in place following recommendations from the Ministry of Education and Huron Perth Public Health as they continue to provide child care to children and families.

Families should contact their licensed child care centre for further information.

To join the wait list for licensed child care, please access the OneHSN website.

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

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.

*Please note at the time of your call, 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
    Growing Together Referral Form
  • pdf
    OneHSN Child Care Waitlist Parent Information Sheet
  • pdf
    Child Care & Early Years Community Plan
  • pdf
    2020 Home Child Care Parent Handbook
  • pdf
    EarlyON Programs for the week of December 7 to 11, 2020
  • pdf
    EarlyON Programs for the week of November 30 to December 4, 2020
  • pdf
    What are the maximum number of children allowed in home child care?

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