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Child care

Last updated on Friday, December 22, 2017.

The Hamilton Child Care Registry is an online registry that makes it easy to find and apply for licensed child care in Hamilton. If you require financial help, you can apply for a fee subsidy with your Hamilton Child Care Registry account.

In addition, many HWDSB schools host child care programs for children age 12 and under. Program details vary by location and can be found in the section Find a child care centre below. Find your local school on our School Locator.

What is a before and after-school program?

At HWDSB, before- and after-school programs in schools (extended day program) provide children with more opportunities to learn and grow during a seamless day with fewer transitions for children and families. Some locations offer full-day child care. Please see the dropdown menu below for full details.

These programs generally run from school entry to dismissal although exact times may vary, based on family needs and entry/dismissal times. Families can enrol their child in a before-school program, an after-school program, both programs or not at all.

These programs will operate on school days and, where there is sufficient interest, may offer expanded services on PA days and some school holidays. Again, this may vary by school. Program details are listed below.

Fees and financial help

The extended day program is a fee-for-service program. The average daily fee for a before and after-school program is $18. All fees posted are subject to change.

Families who need help with child care costs for children ages 0-12 years may be eligible for subsidies through the City of Hamilton. Find details on eligibility for this assistance on the City of Hamilton website or by calling 905-546-4870. If you would like more information, please contact HWDSB Early Years staff at 905-527-5092.

Learn more about the Hamilton child care fee subsidy online.

Office location:
Child Care Subsidy
Lister Block Building
28 James Street North, 6th Floor
Hamilton, Ontario L8R 2K1
Contact Information:
Phone: 905-546-4870
Email: childcare@hamilton.ca
Fax: 905-546-3064
Office hours: Monday-Friday. 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Find a child care centre

Use our dropdown menu below to find your school and details about its child care offering. You will also find a link to the Information Hamilton’s Early Years Information Line, which has more details including:

  • contact information
  • type of care offered
  • site location
  • hours of operation
  • age range for which the centre is licensed
  • closure dates such as holidays and summer breaks
  • whether the centre offers an escort for students between the school and the early learning and child care program

Select a school

All schools with early learning and child care programs are listed below. Use the arrow key below to select your child's school, and if early learning and child care is available at your child's school, the details will be available.

Request a new school child care location

Programs require at least 20 students to be part of the extended day program. Boards may not offer the before- and after-school programs if there is not enough interest from families. In addition to the program for kindergarten students, the extended day program may be offered to students in grades 1 and 2 on a first-come, first-serve basis, if space exists at a school.

We ask families to complete the following survey (paper or online) if they are interested in adding before and after-school child care to a new school location:

Extended Day Survey for 2018-19 (pdf)

Extended Day Survey for 2018-19 (online)

Child care providers at HWDSB

HWDSB provides space for non-profit organizations to operate child care programs within our schools. Please see the listing below for more information regarding the variety of child care services they provide.

Boys and Girls Club

Boys & Girls Clubs of Hamilton LogoAs one of the largest and oldest Boys & Girls Clubs in Canada, we are proud of our history of leveling the playing field and providing
opportunities for children and youth to reach their full potential in life, by supporting their healthy physical, educational, and social development. Our Clubs create environments that are safe and inclusive, fun and stimulating, and provide opportunities for learning, development, leadership, and discovery. Visit Boys and Girls Club website.


Heritage Green Child Care Centre

Heritage Green Child Care Inc. is a Non-Profit child care centre, which first opened its doors in 1993. In 2006, we added a second centre where we operate a School Age Program. The program services both Mount Albion Elementary School and St. James the Apostle Elementary School. As a licensed facility under the Ministry of Education, we are able to accommodate a total of 79 children ages 16 months to 12 years between our two centres. Visit Heritage Green Child Care Centre website.


Jamesville Children’s Centre

Jamesville Children's Centre LogoJamesville Children’s Centre offers early learning and care to children 18 months to 12 years. Parents who access the service may be working, going to school, have medical issues, or are struggling with challenges that make it difficult to raise their children. Visit the Jamesville Children’s Centre website.


St. Peter’s Day Care Centre

St. Peter’s Daycare in Hamilton offers full day or part day childcare at the Church of St. Peter’s. Our program participates in Raising the Bar, an initiative that aims to provide a framework for best practices to guide early childhood learning. We currently enroll children ages 18 months to 12 years old. Please call about our after school care program. Visit St. Peter’s Day Care Centre website.


Today’s Family Early Learning and Child Care

Today's Family logoToday’s Family Early Learning and Child Care is a non-profit, charitable agency offering a wide variety of Early Learning and Child Care programs and Ontario Early Years Centres. Please see the listing for more information regarding early learning and child care services provided. Visit the Today’s Family Early Learning and Child Care website.


Umbrella Family and Child Centres of Hamilton

Umbrella Family and Child Centres of Hamilton LogoUmbrella Family and Child Centres of Hamilton is a non-profit corporation, providing child care for toddlers, preschool and school-aged children within some Board facilities. Please see the listing below to determine in which schools the corporation currently operates. Visit the Umbrella Family and Child Centres of Hamilton website.


Waterdown District Children’s Centre

Established in 1992, Waterdown District Children’s Centre is a non-profit child care facility in Waterdown, Ontario (a village north of Hamilton in the Township of Flamborough) that strives to provide high quality care for ALL children (ages 16 months – 12 years) through an integrated daycare, plus before, after school and summer daycamp programs. Visit Waterdown District Children’s Centre website.


Wesley Urban Ministries

Wesley logoAt Wesley Urban Ministries, we know children, youth and their families. We offer a variety of programs across Hamilton, often in neighbourhoods that lack access to supportive services. From learning to read and cook, after school programming and help with homework, support during pregnancy and throughout parenting, recreational activities and early learning initiatives, our programs nurture the healthy growth and development of everyone. Visit Wesley Urban Ministries website.


YMCA

YMCA

HWDSB also provides space for the YMCA and other non-profit organizations to operate child care programs in our schools. Please see the listing for more information regarding the variety of child care services provided. Visit YMCA Child Care website.


YWCA

YWCA logoThe YWCA Hamilton offers fully licensed child care programs for toddlers, preschoolers and school age children (18months to 12 years of age). Qualified, caring staff engage the children in programs designed to nurture each child’s natural sense of curiosity. Physical, outdoor, creative, educational and play based activities foster a stimulating, safe and fun environment in which to grow and learn. Visit YWCA Child Care website.


Links

  • Information Hamilton
  • Contact Hamilton – Contact Hamilton is an entry point to services for children and youth with emotional, behavioural or developmental concerns and adults with developmental disabilities.
  • The Hamilton Child Care Registry is an online registry that makes it easy to find and apply for licensed child care in Hamilton. If you require financial help, you can apply for a fee subsidy with your Hamilton Child Care Registry account.
  • City of Hamilton Early Years Programs and Services – These programs provide opportunities for all children to participate in play and inquiry-based programs, and support all parents and caregivers in their roles.
  • What Parents Need to Know from the Ministry of Education.
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