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Recognized childcare services

Four types of recognized childcare services exist in Québec. Despite the particularities that distinguish them, they must all comply with the requirements of the Educational Childcare Act and the Educational Childcare Regulation.

This requirement means that all recognized childcare services are legal educational childcare services, which meet strict quality standards.

It should be noted that all childcare services that offer reduced-contribution spaces must also comply with the Reduced Contribution Regulation, which particularly specifies their obligations in consideration of payment of the reduced contribution by the parent.

In 2017, the educational childcare network has over 292,000 spaces in recognized childcare services available to Québec children.

Your child attends a recognized childcare service if, in particular:

The permit of the childcare service is posted.

  • Childcare centres (CPE) and daycare centres have the obligation to post their permit in a location accessible to everyone and visible at all times. Parents may also view the Childcare Establishment Locator, which can be found on the Department's website, to check whether a daycare centre or a childcare centre holds a permit.

The home childcare provider holds a recognition.

  • Home childcare providers (HCP) do not have to post in their residence the document certifying their recognition by a Home Childcare Coordinating Office (CO). However, parents may ask an HCP to show them the notice of acceptance sent to the HCP by the CO. To know whether an HCP is recognized, parents may also address the CO for their territory. Parents can find the CO serving their territory by consulting the Childcare Establishment Locator.

The childcare establishment displays the "Service de garde reconnu" (Recognized Childcare Establishment) logo.

  • The Ministère de la Famille has designed a logo that allows parents to identify recognized childcare services easily. However, it is not mandatory to post this logo. If the logo is not posted in a location easily visible from outdoors, parents are invited to check with the childcare service.

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Last modified date :
February 2, 2017