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Licensed Family Child Care Home Application

Licensed family child care homes provide child care services in a personal home. The aim of the Family Child Care Home program is to have young children cared for by a warm, caring person in a safe environment that meets their developmental needs and supports and respects their families.

If you are interested in caring for children, working for yourself and earning money in your own home, then operating a licensed Family Child Care Home may be the right choice for you.


1. Benefits

The Ministry of Education accepts applications from individuals who are interested in opening licensed family child care homes.

Licensed family child care homes:

  • meet and maintain standards set by the Government of Saskatchewan;
  • are monitored by Early Learning and Child Care Consultants; and
  • have their licence reviewed every year.

Grants are available to support startup costs, monthly nutrition costs and training for early childhood educators.


2. Eligibility

There are a number of requirements that need to be in place in order to open a licensed child care home. An overview of these requirements is provided in the online Family Child Care Home Initial Licensing Information Session.


3. How To Apply

  1. Complete the online Family Child Care Home Initial Licensing Information Session. This information session was created to help you decide if operating a licensed family child care home business is right for you. It is essential in understanding the licensing process and the decision to open a licensed child care in your home.
  2. Submit an application. Along with your application, you must include:
  3. Complete a home visit with an Early Learning and Child Care Consultant. An Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Consultant with the Early Years Branch will contact you to arrange a family assessment visit. This visit is part of the screening process.
  4. Schedule fire and heating system inspections. Fire and heating inspections should be scheduled after your home visit and under the advice of your ELCC Consultant.
  5. Ensure you meet The Child Care Regulations, 2015. Your ELCC Consultant will be available to answer your questions and assist you with understanding licensing requirements.

4. Apply


5. Further Information

The Family Child Care Home Start-Up Grant and the Fire, Health and Safety Grant are available for Family Child Care Home Providers. These grants can help with some of the up-front costs of opening your business.

Find more information about group RRSP, group medical coverage, child care home insurance and professional development courses provided by the Saskatchewan Early Childhood Association.

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