Daycare in Ottawa

Like you, we have often found ourselves searching for daycare in Ottawa. It is one of the most difficult things we have ever had to do while raising our children. Leaving your child in the care of someone other than family can be a very upsetting time for both you and your child. Just remember, you are not alone. So many of us have been in the same situation as you. We hope this section will at least help the search a little easier.

When we first started looking years ago, we had so many questions. Should we go with a daycare in a home? Should we go through a centre? What if we hired a nanny to come to our house?

We also had no idea where to look. Where do we sign up? Where do we start our search? Can we find a list of Ottawa daycares anywhere? By looking through some of the websites listed below, we are sure they will answer some of your questions.

  • The Child Care Centralized Waiting List
    A list of all licensed child care centres and home child care agencies within the City of Ottawa boundaries
    You can register online
    By completing and submitting the registration form, you can put your child or children on the waiting list for 9 child care centres and/or 6 home child care agencies

  • Wee Watch
    They comply with provincial licensing regulations in accordance with the Day Nurseries Act.
    Ottawa East/Orleans/Embrun: 613-834-9760
    Kanata/Hunt Club: 613-591-1016
    Nepean/Barrhaven: 613-825-9425

  • Daycare Bear
    An online search engine to find Ottawa daycare providers and childcare services. We used this website many years ago when we were searching for a home child care in Ottawa.

  • Canadian Nanny
    A website helping you find a nanny (either live-in or live-out) in Ottawa. We used this service a few years ago for a temporary live-out nanny and we were quite happy with the selection.

  • Child Care Providers Resource Network (CCPRN)
    A non-profit, charitable organization committed to providing support, information, training and resources to individuals who offer child care in a home setting. Funding is provided by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and the City of Ottawa.

  • Kijiji Ottawa
    Some home daycares will list on Kijiji

We wish you the best of luck in your search for daycare in Ottawa. We know how difficult this can be. Good luck, stay strong and ask A LOT of questions.

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