Childcare Algoma



Choosing Licensed Home Child Care

Our Licensed Providers’ welcoming homes are comforting for children of all ages and our Home Child Care Program Provides:

  • Flexible hours of care and flexible daily schedules
  • Subsidized child care spaces
  • Referrals for child development
  • Peace of mind knowing the home is regulated
  • Alternate care for sick and vacation closures
  • Screen, nurturing providers that are apart of your community
  • Convenient, comfortable small group settings
  • Professional support for families in selecting and using a Licensed Home Child Care Program
  • Siblings can be together
  • Small number of children for personal attention and care
  • Providers use the Early Learning Framework as a guide to practice
  • Observations and documentation is used to help support curriculum planning that is meaningful to the individual needs of each child
  • Providers utilize community programs such as the EarlyON Child and Family Centres, Sault Ste. Marie Public Libraries and many more

Why Choose a Licensed Home Child Care Provider?

  • Blemish free Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check for provider and anyone living in the home over 18 years of age.
  • Home MUST be smoke free
  • All family members must have up-to-date immunizations
  • All pets must have their rabies vaccine
  • Standard First Aid Level C CPR & AED
  • House Insurance which covers the home-based business
  • Child restraint information and vehicle insurance which covers children in care (if transporting)
  • Must adhere to the Child Care and Early Years Act regulations
  • Compliance with Fire and Health inspections
  • A three- step approval process prior to being an Approved Home Child Care Provider

A home child care provider that is overseen by a licensed agency can care for up to six children under the age of 13.

All home-based child care providers must:

  • count their own children if they are younger than four years old
  • care for a maximum of three children younger than two years old

An unlicensed home child care provider can care for a maximum of five children under the age of 13.

All home-based child care providers must:

  • count their own children if they are younger than four years old
  • care for a maximum of three children younger than two years old

Unlicensed child care providers must:

  • not operate in more than one location
  • inform you in writing (in hard copy or electronic) that they are unlicensed. Their communication must say “This child care program is not licensed by the Government of Ontario.”
  • keep proof that they disclosed this to you for two years

Our team of Home Child Care Consultants

Home Child Care Consultants are Registered Early Childhood Educators with over 40 years of experience combined.  Once the approval process is complete, we assist and monitor the approved caregivers in meeting high standards in quality care.

Our Child Care Algoma Home Child Care Consultants provide:

  • scheduled and drop-in home visits
  • telephone support
  • child care related workshops/professional development
  • transportation/car seat installation workshops
  • free use of large equipment such as strollers, cots and feeding chairs (based on availability)
  • early learning resources and mentorship

Selecting the right home child care setting for your child is important.  We work in partnership with parents and caregivers to ensure that each child experiences a stimulating, nurturing program within a safe, home setting.


Licensed Home Child Care Program
115 Shannon Road
Sault Ste. Marie, ON 

Site Supervisor: Alicia Anich
Phone: (705) 945-8898 extension 263

Program Coordinator: Suzanne Manson 
Phone: (705) 945-8898 extension 267

Office Hours: Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Algoma District
Kelly Rowlison (705) 248-2043

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