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Offline Mike

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FYI: number of children allowed for home based child care
« on: February 08, 2016, 10:31:38 PM »
Many people thinking about going into daycare want to know how many children they can care for and what age limits there are. Each province and territory has its own limits and regulations, and they also depend on whether you start a licensed or unlicensed daycare.

As of February 2016, here are the numbers for private home based businesses.

Ontario licensed:
- 6 children under age 10
- 2 children under age 2
- your own children under age 6 are included

If you operate with 2 child care providers, you may be allowed to double the numbers.

Ontario unlicensed:
- 5 children under age 10
- 2 children under age 2
- your own children under age 6 are included

more details - Child Care and Early Years Act
https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/14c11?_ga=1.49093606.1152304998.1454301672


For the other provinces and territories, here are the basic numbers. I will post later with more details and links for each one.

British Columbia - 2 children not including the caregiver's children.
Yukon - 3 children including the caregiver's children.
Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba, North West territories and Nunavut - 4 children including the caregiver's children.
Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick - 5 children including the caregiver's children.
Nova Scotia, Quebec, and Alberta - 6 children including the caregiver's children.

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Re: FYI: number of children allowed for home based child care
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2016, 07:50:56 PM »
BC limits:
Unlicensed is a limit of 2 children.
Licensed is more complicated, and has various child/adult ratios determined by which care program you are in. In general, for one person providing care, the limit is 7 or 8 children with age restrictions.

more details:
http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/ID/freeside/332_2007
Schedule E shows the various situations and limits.

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Re: FYI: number of children allowed for home based child care
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2016, 08:40:37 PM »
Alberta limits:
In Alberta, "child care" implies child care centre. Home based is called day home.

Licensed (or approved) family day home:
- 6 children age 0-12 including the provider's own children
- 3 under age 3
- 2 under age 2

Unlicensed day home:
- 6 children, not including their own
- no age restrictions

more details:
http://humanservices.alberta.ca/documents/family-day-home-standards-manual.pdf
http://humanservices.alberta.ca/family-community/child-care-approved-family-day-homes.html

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Re: FYI: number of children allowed for home based child care
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2016, 08:48:19 PM »
In Saskatchewan, family child care homes, whether licensed or unlicensed, may care for a maximum of eight children including the providers own children under 13 years of age. Five of these children may be infants, toddlers and pre-school children of which only two may be infants and toddlers. If three infants and toddlers are in care, all other children must be of school age.

Quoted from:
http://www.education.gov.sk.ca/elcc/how-many-children
You can see a table of all allowed combinations there.

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Re: FYI: number of children allowed for home based child care
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2016, 09:01:57 PM »
Manitoba licensed:
- 8 children maximum
- 5 under age 6
- 3 under age 2
- provider's own children are included

Manitoba unlicensed:
- 4 children under age 12 maximum
- 2 under age 2
These numbers include the care providerís own children and any other children living in the home.

more details:
http://www.gov.mb.ca/fs/childcare/index.html

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Re: FYI: number of children allowed for home based child care
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2016, 11:11:20 PM »
In Quebec...

licensed:
A home childcare service recognized by a home childcare coordinating office is under the responsibility of a natural person and may care for no more than 9 children. If more than 6 children are cared for, the person in charge of the service must be assisted by another adult.

Most home childcare services recognized by a coordinating office provide reduced-contribution spaces and offer full-time or part-time services.

unlicensed:
A home childcare service that is not recognized by a home childcare coordinating office may care for no more than 6 children. It sets its own daily rate that the parent must pay and cannot offer reduced-contribution spaces.


source:
http://www4.gouv.qc.ca/EN/Portail/Citoyens/Evenements/DevenirParent/Pages/types-services-garde.aspx

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Re: FYI: number of children allowed for home based child care
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2016, 11:40:44 PM »
in Prince Edward Island...

licensed:
- maximum 7 children
- maximum 3 under age 2
- providers own children under school age are included

unlicensed:
A family child care home is not required to be regulated if it has five or fewer children of any age, including the preschool-age children of the person providing the care. If all children are under 2 years, three are allowed, or five preschoolers with no more than two of them younger than 2 years. Six are allowed in a mixed-age group up to 10 years with no more than two younger than 2 years.

sources:
http://www.gov.pe.ca/law/regulations/pdf/C&05G.pdf
http://findingqualitychildcare.ca/prince-edward-island

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Re: FYI: number of children allowed for home based child care
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2016, 11:53:17 PM »
in Nova Scotia...

licensed:
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Maximum number of children for care provider

15A(1)    Subject to the restriction in subsection (2) respecting the permitted numbers of toddlers and infants, and except as provided in subsections (3) and (4), a care provider may care for a maximum of 6 children at a time, including their own children.

       (2)    If a care provider is caring for 4 to 6 children, no more than 3 children may be under 3 years of age and of those 3 children no more than 2 children may be infants.

       (3)    A care provider for school age children only may care for a maximum of 8 school age children at a time, including their own children.

       (4)    A care provider may care for a maximum of 3 infants at a time, including their own infants, and if caring for the maximum 3 infants must not have any other children in their care.

unlicensed:
A family child care home is not required to be regulated if it has six or fewer children of any age on a regular basis, including any children of the person providing the care. Care is allowed for a maximum of eight school-age children, including the children of the person providing the care.

The maximum of 8 means all 8 must be school-age.

sources:
https://www.novascotia.ca/just/regulations/regs/dayregs.htm#TOC1_16
http://findingqualitychildcare.ca/index.php/nova-scotia

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Re: FYI: number of children allowed for home based child care
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2016, 12:10:40 AM »
in Newfoundland and Labrador...

licensed:
- 3 under age 2
- 4 under age 3 (only 2 can be under 2)
- 6 children maximum (max 3 under 3 and 2 under 2)
- provider's children under school age are included

unlicensed:
- 4 children under 13 maximum
- 3 children maximum if all are under 2
- provider's children under 13 are included

source:
http://www.ed.gov.nl.ca/edu/family/childcare/family_child_care.html

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Re: FYI: number of children allowed for home based child care
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2016, 12:30:03 AM »
in New Brunswick...

licensed:
Community day care homes must not exceed 6 children of a combination of ages or where solely school age children are cared for no more than 9 children. Provider's children under 13 are included.
- Infants: 3
- 2-5 years: 5
- 6+ years: 9 (must all be school age)
- Combination of ages: 6

unlicensed:
- maximum 5
- provider's own children included

sources:
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/services/services_renderer.2736.Child_Day_Care_Services_Program.html
http://findingqualitychildcare.ca/index.php/new-brunswick

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Re: FYI: number of children allowed for home based child care
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2016, 09:39:26 PM »
Now for the last 3.

In Yukon...

licensed:
- Up to four children if all are infants under 18 months
- Up to six preschool children when no more than three are infants
- Up to eight preschool children were none are infants
- The caregiver's own preschool children are included in calculating the number of children that can be cared for
If there is another person available to help the caregiver, the family day home may provide care for up to four school-age children in addition to the number of pre-school children permitted by law.

unlicensed:
- up to 3 children
- not including the caregiver's own preschool children

sources:
http://www.hss.gov.yk.ca/openingadayhome.php
http://findingqualitychildcare.ca/yukon


In Northwest Territories and Nunavut...

licensed:
- maximum of eight children under 12, including the provider's own children
- maximum of six children 5 years and under
- maximum of three children 3 years and under
- maximum of two children 2 years and under   

unlicensed:
- maximum 4 children including the providerís own children up to 12

source:
http://findingqualitychildcare.ca/northwest-territories
http://findingqualitychildcare.ca/nunuvut

Gov't sites look like Northwest Territories and Nunavut work together on this.

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Re: FYI: number of children allowed for home based child care
« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2016, 09:44:11 PM »
That's all of them. If you came here looking to see how many children you can care for, your answer should be above. It's a fact that over time, these figures may change. It was only a few months ago when Ontario made small changes to their unregulated restrictions. When a province or territory does change the limits, please post those changes here, preferably with the source. If everyone works together on it, this can be an always up to date fact page.  8)

 

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