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