Children under the age of 12 can't be left alone at home or care for younger children, according to Canadian law.
Parents often require someone to take care of children while they go to work, attend classes or look for a job. Understanding the child-care system in Ontario will help you decide the type of care that suits your needs.
Kingston offers a range of services for children, including full-time daycare, part-time daycare, home daycare and nursery school. Some families hire a licensed child-care worker to come to their home.
Kingston is also home to child-care centres that encourage children to speak different languages, such as French and Spanish. Many elementary schools also offer before- and after-school care that allows parents to drop off their children early and pick them up later in the day. Many daycares accept children who have special physical needs or disabilities.
Newcomers enrolled in Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) programs may be eligible for free on-site child care while they take language training classes.
The City of Kingston maintains an up-to-date list of home child-care programs and daycare centres that operate within the city (see For More Information links below). It is important to contact daycare centres and put your child on their waiting list as soon as possible, as daycares often have long waiting lists, especially those for infants (up to 18 months).
For More Information
Information about child care in Ontario, including how to choose the right kind of care, paying for child care, child-care fee subsidies, and finding care for children with special needs. Informational sheets
for parents are provided on many topics including kindergarten, bullying, dual credit programs, cooperative education, and more. Brochures are available in Afghani, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), English, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Nepali, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Urdu and Vietnamese.
Information about assistance with child-care fees in Kingston, who is eligible and where to apply.
Child Care Guide
An introduction to child care in Kingston, list of child-care providers, eligibility for subsidized child care and links to other helpful resources for parents and children.
City of Kingston list of daycare programs and home child-care programs available in Kingston.
Limestone Advisory for Child Care Programs
This organization provides information on various childcare programs, resources for staff and parents, and helps to link families with community resources and services. An online newsletter contains information about upcoming events, creative play activities and tips about quality child care. Volunteer opportunities are available and the organization can be followed on Facebook
Children (Ontario Immigration)
Information about pre-school and child-care programs in Ontario, introducing a child to daycare, child-care options, Early Years Centres and financial assistance for working families.
Mes services en français! Kingston (Ontario)
A listing of various social and family services for francophones in Kingston. Services include child development, early childhood centres, education and public health, counseling, homelessness domestic violence, etc. Available in French only.
Centralized Childcare Registry and Information Service (CCRIS)
The official online childcare registry and waitlist service for the City of Kingston and County of Frontenac. This website provides a directory of available childcare options searchable by availability, location, age group, and type of care (home, centre, school, etc.) and program (half-day, full-day, after school, etc.). Sign up to receive notification of available childcare spaces.
"New in Canada" Parenting Support Series
A series of CMAS-created brochures for newcomer parents. Topics covered include dressing for winter, fire safety, home safety for children, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), swimming safety, and street safety. Brochures are available in Arabic, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), English, French, Persian (Farsi), Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, and Urdu.