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How much do you pay for child care in Ottawa?

The question of how much it costs to place a child in daycare is asked frequently on forums and social media sites. The purpose of the child care cost survey below is to provide accurate and up-to-date child care cost to our visitors. Please fill out this quick survey. You will help parents who are in the process of budgeting for this sizable expense. The responses are anonymous and only aggregate data will be posted.

1. Type of child care

2. Child's Age Group

3. Full time / Part time


Thank you! The results of this survey will be posted once sufficient data is available.

User submitted comments

daycare comment

February 07, 2009

Looking for good quality home care in the downtown area is a tough job... and a lot of child care centers don't offer an infant program. My children be seperated when I return to work. I hear this happens often, but it will break my little one's heartshe will be 1yr). My son will most likely go to pre-school in that case... which will be alright as he will be 3yrs.
daycare comment

January 25, 2008

Ottawa has a centralized waiting list for daycare. You call one number, tell them what age group you're looking for and what area of the city you want the daycare to be in, and they do the work for you. The centralized waiting list saves you time and the headaches of having to call daycare centres individually. The waiting lists for some daycares can be up to a year or more - for infant care, you want to get on a list even before you have the baby. Once the baby is over the age of 2, it's much easier to find a daycare. The costs can vary going from a licensed agency at around $800 a month up to $1400 a month at a daycare centre for an infant (up to 12 months of age.) Ottawa is blessed with availability for daycare in both official languages - something it can be challenging to find in other cities. Pre-school in the french system starts full-time at age 4 and currently is half-time in the english system at age4 (although I've heard this is soon going to change to full-time.) Therefore, your daycare costs are reduced at that point.

What's it like to look for a daycare spot in Ottawa?

Most of out-of-town parents are at a loss when it comes to finding daycare centers in Ottawa. Is there a shortage of childcare providers in Ottawa? what costs will they incurr in the specific age group? What child care programs are setup in Ottawa? By sharing your experience, you can help other parents who are in the process of looking for daycare in Ottawa. NOTE: Please do not advertise in this section as it is not created for that purpose. Ads will be removed. Your new comment will not show until it is approved


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How to find daycare centers in Ottawa with GoDaycare

If you are looking for daycare centres or dayhomes in Ottawa, you came to the right place. We offer daycare listings with reviews from parents in many communities throughout Canada. Use our Ottawa child care guide to find childcare providers that offer infant, toddler, preschool, kindergarten, or school age programs. We realize how difficult it is to find a daycare spot, so we built our Ottawa child care search engine to take into account such factors as age groups and proximity information to allow our visitors to easily locate daycare centres in Ottawa. Before committing to anyone daycare centre found either on this site or anywhere else, ALWAYS do your own investigation to make sure that the center is safe and it addresses your child's developmental needs. You may refer to our article on finding the right daycare for some helpful tips.

Your child care search options

The first option is to run a city-specific daycare search. This option enables you to browse daycare centers throughout the city. If you are reading this page, chances are you are in the process of using this search path already. While browsing daycare listings you may also notice the list of neighbourhoods on the right-hand side of the page (neighbourhood child care search is only available for major cities). Select your neighbourhood to list daycare centers that are in your neighbourhood or in the near proximity to it. To narrow down your list, please select the appropriate age category for your child.

The second option is to use our local daycare search which allows you to find daycare centers and dayhomes anywhere in Canada. You can search by address, postal code or the nearest intersection. Use this search option to generate a list of childcare providers within walking distance to your specified location.

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