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We want you to choose childcare that best meets your family’s needs. There are many options available, so we offer resources that will help you make an informed decision about who will look after your children.

Childcare Options

The list below will connect you with childcare options available to you in Chatham-Kent. We recommend that you visit potential childcare providers, talk to their staff, observe how they interact with your children, and ask questions. This Choosing Quality Care page can help you in your search.

Childcare Providers

For childcare operators in your area, click here for a list provided by the Ministry of Education website.

For assistance finding a licensed in-home childcare provider, contact Lambton Rural Childcare.

We also recommend that you consult local newspapers, bulletin boards, public libraries and churches about childcare options. Friends, coworkers, relatives and neighbours may also share valuable information with you from personal experience.

Connect with Best Start

Best Start is a community initiative that brings local government, school boards, and agencies serving families with children prenatal to 6 years of age together with parents to plan and deliver enhanced early learning and child care services.

Best Start partners work closely together to plan and provide high quality early learning and child care programs to give children the best possible opportunities early in their lives.  Best Start supports families with young children by connecting them with the services they need.  Connect with best start through the contact information below:

Best Start
Phone: 1.866.720.7975
Email: beststart@ckcs.on.ca
Website: www.chatham-kent.ca/BestStart

Childcare Subsidies

There are many programs in place to assist families with financial burden of childcare. Visit the Chatham-Kent Childcare Subsidy page to find out if you are eligible for subsidized childcare, and how to apply.

You may also use the following links to learn more about:

Be Informed

The following resources will help you learn more about the childcare options and resources available to you. Connect to the following sites to learn about: