Welcome to the City of Peterborough Child Care Waitlist Site

Effective immediately until April 6, 2020, to minimize the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), all licensed child care programs in the City and County of Peterborough will be closed. Your health and safety are our priority. We continue to monitor COVID-19 as it evolves and will assess how programs and services are impacted in the City and County of Peterborough.
Emergency Child care services are available for employees at Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Peterborough Public Health, and long-term care facilities at no cost to parents through an emergency child care plan for provincially identified essential workforces.
There are 114 spaces available at Ministry approved licenced child care agencies for children from infants to 12 years old. To be eligible, the family must have no other option for child care.
Apply for Emergency Child Care

Getting Started

To complete your application, you must first create an account. 

Once your account has been activated, you will need to provide information about you and your family on the application form. The information you provide will be used to suggest child care options. You may place your child’s name on as many lists as you choose. The child care provider will contact you when a space becomes available.

For more information on how to complete your child care application, view the attached video.

The Child Care and Early Years Act set specific rules, regulations and standards that child care agencies must follow to get and keep a licence. Licensed child care providers should have programs that include both active and quiet play, crafts, pretend play, outdoor play and many other kinds of learning. Licensed Child Care can be provided through:

  • A Child Care Centre

  • Home Child Care agencies

Licensed Home Child Care providers are represented in this application by one of two central child care agencies; Compass and Wee Watch. As there are many home-based child care programs in the city, the application does not list individual programs. If you are interested in home child care, we recommend that you use the manual selection feature to add yourself to the waitlist for the agency.

For more information on applying for Child Care Subsidy view the website here.




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