How to apply for licensed child care and approved recreation services.
Finding early learning and child care programs for your child is done online through the District of Nipissing Child Care Registry.
The registry will guide you through the process of creating your account and adding your child/children. It will show you all available licensed early learning and child care options for children from infancy up to 12 years of age. Services include:
In some cases, parents may wait months before they are able to get child care, especially with infants and toddlers. It is a good idea to register early – even before your child is born.
For step-by-step instructions on using the Child Care Waitlist Registry, click on a button below to download the Parent Manual in your preferred language.
Child Care Fee Subsidy
How to qualify for and apply for a child care fee subsidy.
Child care fee subsidy is a program that is intended to help families with the cost of their child care expenses. It supports eligible families by paying a portion of their total licensed child care costs as funding permits.
Fee subsidy offers an essential support for many families, helping them balance the demands of a career and family while working, pursuing education or participating in a training program.
Child Care Subsidy may be available to families living in the District of Nipissing who are looking to access licensed Child Care Centre-Based or Home Child Care (for children newborn to 12 years of age) as well as Approved Recreation Programs (for children 6-12 years of age).
If you have further questions, you can contact program support at (705) 474-2151 ext. 3113 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can apply for child care fee subsidy online through our Fee Subsidy On-Line Application Form (OLAF) by clicking the ‘Apply Now’ button below. In order to better support families, you can now apply for fee subsidy prior to securing a licensed child care or authorized recreation space to determine your eligibility. Once your application is complete, a Children’s Services Representative will contact you to review your eligibility.
If you are applying for pre-assessment, your application will be finalized once you have secured a licensed child care or authorized recreation space. Please note that the final processing of the application may require updating documents and/or the income test.
If you prefer to apply over the telephone (once you have secured a licensed child care space), you can call locally at (705) 474-1923 or toll free at 1-877-319-5411.
If you are on Ontario Works, you might be able to get other benefits and subsidies to help care for a child.
How to get support for children and youth with special needs.
DNSSAB provides funds to two local agencies to ensure that special needs resourcing services are available to children with special needs allowing them to attend and be included in licensed child care programs. The Inclusion Support Program allows families to access licensed early learning and child care services and receive the supports and resources to assist both the family and the child care professionals.
Licensed child care programs are inclusive environments which welcome all children as full participants. Every licensed child care program in the District of Nipissing receives enhanced support services from a Special Needs Resource Consultant through the Inclusion Support Program. These qualified professionals provide additional support needed so that every child can take part in the child care program.
Children may be referred to the fee subsidy program based on either a child’s special needs or a parent’s special needs.
Eligibility for fee subsidy with a special needs referral will be subject to the regular income testing guidelines.
The Special Needs Referral Form, which can be downloaded using the link below, must be completed by a third party social services professional. Examples include Children’s Aid Society, Community Living North Bay, One Kids Place, etc.