Child care: The right business for you?

May 15, 2017 - Tags: Startup

Whether you are looking to begin a home-based, or centre-based child care facility, there is likely a rewarding opportunity to provide care to children of any age! Every family's child care needs are unique and, based on their schedules or circumstances, they may consider one of many different types of child care, such as a:

Child care Centre: A child care centre is a licenced child care facility equipped to care for infants and toddlers, as well as pre-school and school aged children. They typically care for larger groups of children, with more than one child care provider. Being licenced by the provincial or territorial government means that the centre will be regulated and inspected.

Registered or Unregistered Home based Child care: Home based child care is available in licenced or unlicenced settings. There is usually a singular child care provider, and limits on the number of children in care. One benefit of home based child care facilities is that they allow for small group sizes.  

Nannies: Child care providers can be hired to work directly for a family, in the convenience of their own home. In addition to providing child care, nannies can also provide assistance with meal preparation and light housework. Nannies offer the benefit of flexibility to families with unique child care needs.

Before and After-school care programs: Before and after-school care is child care provided for children around the regular school day. Some schools offer these programs, but not all — which creates an opportunity for private child care practices to provide child care to this demographic of school aged children.

Daycare cooperatives: A cooperative preschool is organized by a group of families who hire a trained teacher to provide their children with preschool education and child care. The preschool is administered and maintained by the parents. Each family shares in the business operation of the school, thus making it a cooperative venture. One benefit of a daycare cooperative is that parents can occasionally assist the professional teachers in the classroom and may participate in the children's educational programming.

If you are looking to start a child care business, there may be an opportunity for you to launch one of these child care types in your area.

There are many aspects to consider when deciding to open a child care business. Some considerations could be:

Our child care start up checklist can help you navigate the planning and launch of your child care business.


Posted by on June 28, 2017
Hello Violet,

Thank you for contacting Canada Business. We are a government organization that helps entrepreneurs start or grow their business in Canada.

You can use the program search tool to see if there are funding programs that meet your criteria. You may want to refine your search by choosing the type of program “Grants, contributions and financial assistance” in your Province/Territory with the Purpose of financing set for “Start or buy business”.

You can explore our Grants and financing page to learn more about other types of financing options such as crowdfunding and financing from private and non-government organizations.

Furthermore, you may be especially interested in our information on Buying a business and our Child care start-up checklist

If you have questions about starting or growing your business in Canada, please contact us for assistance.

Thank you and good luck with your next steps.
Posted by Violet on June 26, 2017
Does the government have grants that are non-repayable to purchase a daycare ? I also have done an extensive Daycare plan and is there funding to start my own daycare if I can't find one to buy ?
Information would be much appreciated . I have searched your website and cannot find any grants to buy or start up a childcare program . Please send me all the information and links that you have .
Thanks ,
Posted by on May 17, 2017
Hello Agam.

Thank you for contacting Canada Business. We are always happy to help you with questions about starting or growing your business in Canada.

For information on expanding your business into Canada, please consult Global Affairs Canada’s website Invest in Canada. More information can be found on our page Immigrating to or investing in Canada to start a business. You can filter the website by region, industry, and audience by clicking the “Settings” icon at the top of the page.

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service website has information and services for entrepreneurs who are looking to establish a business in Canada. Find information on immigration, taxation, laws, and more.

To learn about regulations and resources that can help you plan for a successful start to your venture, check out the Child care start-up checklist.

Buying an existing business or franchising may be something to consider as well.

Furthermore, our Permits and licences search tool can help you find the permits and licences you may need for your pre-school chain.
If you have further questions about starting or growing your business in Canada, please contact us for assistance.

Thank you and good luck with your venture
Posted by agam on May 17, 2017
owning a pre school chain for past 34 years.want to start the same in canada
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