Ministère de la Famille
There are various types of childcare services in Québec. Some are recognized, others not. Recognized childcare services A recognized childcare service holds a permit issued by the ministère de la Famille or is recognized by a home childcare coordinating office. The types of recognized childcare services are the following:
Some home childcare services are also recognized. Childcare centre A childcare centre is a non-profit organization or a cooperative that provides reduced-contribution spaces to no more than 80 children. It offers full-time or part-time services. Subsidized and non-subsidized day care centres A day care centre is under the responsibility of a natural or legal person or a Native band council, and may care for no more than 80 children. It offers full-time or part-time services. A subsidized day care centre provides reduced-contribution spaces, while a non-subsidized day care centre sets its own daily rate that the parent must pay. Home childcare services recognized by a home childcare coordinating office A home childcare service recognized by a home childcare coordinating office is under the responsibility of a natural person and may care for no more than 9 children. If more than 6 children are cared for, the person in charge of the service must be assisted by another adult. Most home childcare services recognized by a coordinating office provide reduced-contribution spaces and offer full-time or part-time services. Childcare services that are not recognized A childcare service that is not recognized is not required to hold a permit issued by the Ministère or be recognized by a home childcare coordinating office. The types of childcare services that are not recognized are, in particular, the following:
Certain home childcare services are not recognized either. Community drop-in day care centre A community drop-in day care centre is a temporary childcare service offered by a community organization as part of its mission or in the context of a specific intervention with parents or children. The services are offered in blocks of 3 or 4 hours, and costs vary from $0 to $5 an hour. Nursery school A nursery school is not required to hold a day care or childcare centre permit if it began its activities no later than October 25, 2005. A nursery school may care for, regularly and for periods not exceeding 4 hours a day, a stable group of at least 7 children between the ages of 2 and 5, with activities conducted over a fixed period. Childcare services at school A school board or a private educational institution may offer childcare services to children between 5 and 12 years old who attend the school. The children may attend the childcare service
Home childcare services not recognized by a home childcare coordinating office A home childcare service that is not recognized by a home childcare coordinating office may care for no more than 6 children. It sets its own daily rate that the parent must pay and cannot offer reduced-contribution spaces.
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