Licensed Home Child Care

For Providers

What is Licensed Home Child Care?

Licensed Home Child Care is child care in a home setting that meets legislated standards set out by the Province of Ontario. We work together with parents and child care providers to ensure the best possible care for the children. Early Childhood Educators from Children’s Resources on Wheels (CROW) offer training for Providers, introduce families to Providers, ensure legislated standards and CROW Policies are followed and provide support for both Parents and Providers. Licensed Home Child Care is available for children between 6 weeks and 13 years of age requiring care in Lanark County.

Licensed Home Child Care Lanark County

Steps to take to become a Provider who offers Licensed Home Child Care

Thank you for your interest in working with Children’s Resources on Wheels (CROW). A child care Provider can be a rewarding and enjoyable occupation

Children’s Resources on Wheels (CROW) is a non-profit organization operating throughout Lanark County with homes in various communities. We are licensed by the Ministry of Education and follow the home child care regulations as set out in the Child Care & Early Years Act, 2014.  A Board of Directors governs our operations.

Our home child care staff consists of professionals with training and experience in child development and early childhood education.  They assess, train, support, and provide resources to our child care Providers.  They also act as a resource for parents and children registered in the program.

Licensed Home Child Care Lanark Highlands

Available for Various Ages

CROW Licensed Home Child Care is licensed for children between 6 weeks and 13 years of age.

Flexible Care

Providers may offer part-time, full-time or on-call flexible care.

Provider Reimbursements

CROW administers Parent fees and Provider reimbursements.

Contract Services

Providers are not employed by CROW but contract their services to the agency.

Child Care Subsidy Access

Families enrolled with CROW Child Care Providers can access child care subsidy through the County of Lanark Child Care Services.

Application Procedure

Once your application has been received, we will contact you to set up a visit to meet with you and see your home. Acceptance will depend on several factors including clear Police Vulnerable Sector and Family & Children’s Services (formerly CAS) checks, a positive medical report and the health and safety suitability of your home environment for providing child care.

Initial Home Child Care Provider Application

Initial application to provide licensed home child care (LHCC). If you prefer to fill this form out in person or over the phone, please call 613-283-0095 extension 306.

Thank you for your interest in working with CROW Licensed Home Child Care!

For more information please contact us.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Children’s Resources on Wheels (CROW) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and strengthening child care, family life, child development, and community links in Lanark County.  A Board of Directors governs our operations.  We currently provide families with two main streams of service:  Licensed Home Child Care and the EarlyON Child and Family Centre.

Children’s Resources on Wheels (CROW) is a licensed home child care agency operating throughout Lanark County with homes in various communities such as Lanark, Carleton Place, Almonte, Smiths Falls, and Perth. Providers may offer part-time, full time or on-call flexible care. The Ministry of Education licenses private-home day care agencies like CROW. These agencies then contract individual caregivers (providers) who offer child care out of their home. These providers may care for up to six children (including their own under age of 4) from the ages of 6 weeks to 13 years as set out by the Child Care & Early Years Act, 2014.
  • I will receive continual support from the CROW Home Visitor
  • I will get help with menu planning and ideas for activities (i.e., songs, games, crafts)
  • I can borrow equipment such as double strollers, playpens, gates, booster seats, baby monitors, etc.
  • I can choose my work hours and the days I want to work
  • The families I provide care for pay CROW, so I always get paid for my work
  • I can participate in ongoing professional education and networking events
  • I will be self-employed and can claim business expenses on my income tax
  • CROW has access to government grants to supplement provider income

All of the providers who contract their services to CROW are self-employed and therefore choose their own hours and programming styles.

CROW collects the fees from parents.  The provider submits an invoice to CROW for services rendered so that parents can be billed.  Providers are reimbursed by direct deposit every two weeks.

The Home Visitor connects you with parents in your community.  We attempt to match families and providers based on suitability to one another.

Child care providers are screened (approved), monitored and supported by people called “home visitors”.  Home visitors have training in early childhood education, child development, and/or family studies.  They check that the home is safe for children according to child behaviour management, nutrition, health and sanitary practices.

The Child Care & Early Years Act, 2014 requires a home visitor to visit once every three months.  CROW strives to visit every month.

The Home Visitor is available for consultation with respect to set-up and visits the provider’s home regularly to provide support in complying with the Child Care & Early Years Act, 2014 and its rules and regulations. The providers personalize their program with regards to activities, variety of toys, outings (walks, playgroup visits) and daily schedule.
In a typical day, the provider will serve a morning snack, lunch, and an afternoon snack, following recommendations of the Canada Food Guide. Menus are planned in consultation with parents and the home visitor. In the case of special diets/allergies parents need to supply their own child’s food. Food and milk (bottles) for infants are also supplied by the parents.

We strongly encourage communication between the parent and provider.  However, the Home Visitor can be called for assistance.

You will receive training from the Home Visitor during visits and you can participate in child care networking and training events, workshops and meetings that are offered.

You may also care for children privately. They will be included in the total number (including age ratios) of children in care in your home in order to meet the regulations as set out in the Child Care & Early Years Act, 2014 related to Licensed Home Child Care.

It is the responsibility of the parent to drop-off and pick-up their child. School-age children either walk or take the school bus. Some providers offer outings during the day; they use their own vehicle. The providers are only allowed to transport children if they have car seats (provided by the parent) and the parent’s permission.