Daycare Services and Early Years

Apply for daycare

Add your child(ren) to the Child Care Registry and Waitlist 

Daycare options

Learn about licensed home- or centre-based child care including City-operated programs. Also find out about informal (unlicensed child care) and school age care

Help with your daycare costs

Information about child care subsidy and Ontario Works child care 

Information for parents

Find the right child care for your family and other helpful information for parents 

Information for daycare operators and child care professionals

Information for child care service providers operating within the City of Ottawa including Funding information and Applications for Child Care Agencies 

  • Wage Enhancement/Home Child Care Enhancement Grant 
  • Licensed Child Care Average Full Fee Daily Rates
  • General Operating Funding (GO Funding)
  • Stabilization Initiative which includes Emergency Bridge Funding and GO Transition Funding
  • Municipal Health and Safety Funding
  • Provincial Special Purpose and Capital Retrofit Funding 

Contact us

For more information about Daycare Services in the City of Ottawa, please contact us by:

  • E-mail at or
  • Phone at 3-1-1 (select language and option "4" daycare) Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm

Welcome to the City of Ottawa Daycare Services’ website

Parents and child care professionals can find: