Government of New Brunswick

What is an Early learning and childcare home?

Parents know what is best for their child and what type of child care services works best for their particular family situation. Having options can help parents choose the child care provider that best meets their child’s and their family’s individual needs. An early learning and childcare home is one of the options a parent may choose.

Early learning and childcare homes are approved to provide child care services to a smaller number of children in an individual’s home. Early learning and childcare homes are inspected and monitored by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Benefits for Children

Some early learning and childcare homes can be located near the child’s home which can help to build positive nurturing relationships in their own neighborhoods. Children are cared for in a safe and responsive learning environment using an experience-based curriculum. This means that children learn through play and activities that are based on the child’s interests as well as on their developmental needs.

Benefits for Parents

Your government recognizes that families need to have accessible, affordable and flexible child care for their children.

Choosing to access a licenced early learning and childcare home will provide parents with the assurance that the service is regularly monitored to meet standards respecting the safety, security and developmental needs of their child. Because the early learning and childcare home is licenced, parents may also qualify for funding under the Day Care Assistance Program which supports them financially with their child care costs. Furthermore, the early learning and childcare home may provide more flexible schedules that better meet family needs

Benefits for Child Care Operators

For the operator, being licenced for service means they are eligible to receive funding under the Quality Funding Support Program to support the wages of eligible educators.  

What are the Requirements for Early learning and childcare homes?

Early learning and childcare homes must meet the requirements of the Early Childhood Services Act and the Licensing Regulations, and be licenced by the Education and Early Childhood Development.

Specifically, early learning and childcare home services may be provided for a maximum of:

  • Three infants, or
  • Five children of the ages two to five, or
  • Nine children who are of the ages six and over, or
  • Six children if at least one is over the age of five.

The operator’s own children up to the age of 12 must also be considered in the total number permitted.

Not all child care providers who care for children in their homes are licenced. It is important for parents to be aware of the regulations and requirements child care providers must comply with when caring for children.

Where Can I Find More Information?

By accessing the Early Childhood Development Branch section on the Department’s website you can obtain information such as how to choose a quality child care provider, the programs and services offered to families and funding programs offered to both parents and operators.

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If you would like more information on how you can become a licenced Early learning and childcare home operator, please call the Education and Early Childhood Development office nearest you and ask to speak to your Early Learning and Childcare Manager.