Home Child Care Program

Licensed Home Child Care Program

Mothercraft Ottawa’s Licensed Home Child Care Program has been providing quality child care for children from infancy to 12 years of age since 1983.

We offer unlimited child care spaces in areas throughout the City of Ottawa and subsidized spaces are available upon approval by the City of Ottawa. Parents tell us that this program gives them the “best of both worlds” as they receive the benefits of a family atmosphere and individual attention, combined with legislated standards for quality and safety. Our program is licensed by the Ontario Ministry of Education and governed by the Child Care and Early Year’s Act.

In alignment with the Minister of Education’s Policy Statement on Programming and Pedagogy, Mothercraft’s Programs are guided by “How Does Learning Happen”, Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years and by “Early Learning for Every Child Today (ELECT).

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Benefits of Licensed Home Child Care

Areas Covered

We have providers in the following areas:

East End

East End

Findlay Creek



Sandy Hill

West End

West End

Kanata South
Bells Corners

South End

South End

Craig Henry
Riverside South
Findlay Creek

*  We continue to grow and expand into new areas – please contact us for further information.

Need more information about the program?

Our team of Licensed Home Child Care Advisors are all either experienced Early Childhood Educators or have equivalent education and extensive child care experience and must be approved by the Ministry of Education.  We ensure that all of our Registered Early Childhood Educators are members in good standing with the College of Early Childhood Educators and we require each member of our team to maintain valid first aid and CPR certifications, and a Police Records Check for service with the Vulnerable Sector.

home-childcare-2Our Providers are independently contracted by Mothercraft Ottawa. We select candidates who are culturally and linguistically diverse and ensure they are first aid and CPR certified. We also require all Providers to attend ongoing training workshops on a variety of pertinent topics including menu planning, the importance of exercise, first words, developing age-appropriate activities, how does learning happen, etc. Providers and all individuals living in and/or regularly visiting their home are screened through the Police Records Check for service with the Vulnerable Sector.
home-childcare-3The Home Child Care and Centre based programs work with the City of Ottawa Child Care Registry and Waitlist (CCRAW) when there are spaces available.

We do have some priorities that we consider when inviting new families to join us. In order of priority, we:

  • Meet the needs of the children currently enrolled
  • Welcome siblings of children currently enrolled
  • Welcome other Mothercraft service user
  • Welcome families new to Mothercraft

How To Apply

Families interested in applying for a space within Mothercraft Ottawa’s Licensed Home Child Care Program must register on the City of Ottawa’s Child Care Registry and Wait List by selecting Mothercraft Home Child Care and the ward where you would like to receive child care.

Apply Online

How to reach us

Trish Balkwill Program Manager ext. 229 Trish.Balkwill@mothercraft.com
Leslie Rae East End ext. 244 Leslie.Rae@mothercraft.com
Mona Farhat Central ext. 232 Mona.Farhat@mothercraft.com
Saba Sheikh West End ext. 231 Saba.Sheikh@mothercraft.com
Trish Balkwill South End ext. 229 Trish.Balkwill@mothercraft.com