Interested in becoming a caregiver?

We are a licensed agency that would enter a contract with you to provide home child care in Waterloo Region. We welcome applicants who are registered early childhood educators, but it isn't a requirement. However, we do require that you have experience working with children.

The advantages of contracting with the Region of Waterloo

Become a licensed caregiver with us and receive professional development opportunities and support from a registered home childhood educator. Other benefits include:

  • If you meet the criteria, you could start your business within six weeks
  • Wage top ups
  • Referrals to your home child care program
  • No fee collection from parents, we pay you directly

How to apply

Step 1

Register for a 2 part information session by calling 519-575-4400 and asking for home child care. After the information session, you will need to submit a completed application form with references. 

Step 2

Your application will be assessed based on your qualifications, the location of your home, and the number of children needing care in your area. You will also need to submit a small business plan.

Step 3

One of our consultants will conduct a scored interview with you in your home. You will be assessed for your experience and ability to work with children and later contacted about next steps.

Additional requirements

  • Inspection of your home to ensure it complies with the Ministry of Education's Home Inspection Checklist.
  • Current Standard First Aid Certification with Infant CPR
  • Criminal reference check for you and everyone 18 or older who lives in your home
  • Family and Children Services record check for you and everyone living in your home who is 16 or older