Two preschoolers writing on blackboards

City of Ottawa Child Care Registry and Waitlist

Apply online for licensed full fee and subsidized child care.

Young woman playing with boy with building blocks

City of Ottawa Child Care Registry and Waitlist

Apply online for licensed full fee and subsidized child care.

One toddler smiling sitting in the grass with a ball

City of Ottawa Child Care Registry and Waitlist

Apply online for licensed full fee and subsidized child care.

Five kids sitting outside in the spring

City of Ottawa Child Care Registry and Waitlist

Apply online for licensed full fee and subsidized child care.

Daycare Services

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 
  • General Operating Grant (GOG)
  • Stabilization Initiative which includes Emergency Bridge Funding and GOG 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 childcare@ottawa.ca 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: