All families are expected to be registered on the City of Ottawa Child Care Registry and Wait List tool. Available vacancies are posted on our website within the section for each program and separately for Licensed Home Child Care. To fill available spaces we contact families, whose child is age eligible for the space available. For Subsidized spaces we must follow the City of Ottawa’s Priority List. For our full fee families we offer spaces based on the registration date. The only exception is that priority is given to siblings of children currently attending at our location. There is no fee for using the City of Ottawa Child Care and Registry Wait List tool and we do not collect a fee or a deposit for the placement of a child on a waiting list for admission in our childcare or home child care agency. If you are a full-fee family and have an immediate need please click here.
To ensure we are providing you and your child with the best early learning and care experience as possible, a conversation will occur to ensure we can meet your child’s needs and your expectations before a space is confirmed.
For our Group sites, when it is anticipated that there will be a number of spaces available, there may be an Open House scheduled. This will allow you to visit the program after hours and meet some members of the team.
The City of Ottawa Child Care Registry and Wait List tool automatically updates when your child is eligible for the next age group, it is important to keep your information as up to date as possible, (which you can do by clicking on the link above) including the date when you require care or if you are no longer interested in care at a specific location. This assists in keeping the waiting list up to date and accurate for all agencies. If you are interested in knowing more information, please click here. We will tell you as accurately as we can where your child is on the waiting list, but please know that often the list is not reflective of the actual number of children waiting for care at one of our locations. It is not unusual for us to contact 20+ families regarding a vacancy before filling a space.