Types of Childcare
Child Care Centres are licensed facilities that operate during the day and early evening for parents who work during the day. All employees of childcare centres must meet qualification requirements as outlined by the government.
There are many others that offer after school programs, daytime care, meal programs and more. The Child Care Connection Nova Scotia provides a listing of all registered childcare centres in Nova Scotia.
Other-Home Care is care given by an adult in a home other than the child’s, usually the home of the caregiver. They are sometimes considered more convenient by parents, because other-home care can be closer to the home or school of the child. Other-home caregivers are not required to have a license; they must be hired and monitored by the parents.
Own-Home Care is given by an adult in the home of the child. Many parents find this the most convenient form of childcare because they do not have to take their children to a caregiver before work, and pick them up after work.
Subsidized day care is financial assistance to help low income families pay for childcare centre costs while they are working, attending educational institutions, or have special childcare needs.
To be eligible for the childcare subsidy program, you must meet certain income and employment standards. Here are some examples of who is eligible:
- Low-income single parents so they can work or attend school
- Low-income two parent families so they can work or attend school
- Legal and non-legal guardians who need help to provide care, such as grandparents who find caring for a child challenging
- Referrals that come from community resources on behalf of families who need financial help
To learn more about subsidized daycare, visit the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services at www.gov.ns.ca/coms.
A babysitter is a person who takes care of children while the parents are out. It is usually for just one evening or a few hours during the day. In many neighbourhoods and communities, there are older children (aged 14 +) who baby-sit. If you are having trouble finding a babysitter, ask parents in your community if they know someone interested in babysitting. You can then interview caregivers and choose the one that best suits your needs.