Child Care Operating Funding FAQ’s: Providing Multi-Age Care

A group application should be used if:

  • you hold a Group or Multi-Age Child Care Licence for more than eight children, or
  • the facility is in a location other than a personal residence

A family application should be used if:

  • you hold a Family, In-Home Multi-Age or Multi-Age Child Care Licence for eight or fewer children in your personal residence

The multi-age child care categories recognize the Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) have training and qualifications specifically for the care and education of young children.  The multi-age child care categories allow ECEs to care for the same number of children as they would care for in a group setting.

The In-Home Multi-Age Child Care category allows ECEs to personally provide child care to up to eight children of various ages, without rezoning their residence.  This was intended to create more spaces in home-based settings and to provide flexibility in rural and remote communities where there may be fewer child care providers.

The main criteria for determining which CCOF rate to apply are the:

  • number of children for whom child care is provided; and
  • location in which child care is provided: whether it is in the child care operator’s personal residence or a location other than their personal residence.

The CCOF rate is not affected if the child care provider purposefully alters his or her residence for the purpose of providing child care. The overriding considerations are the number of children for whom child care is provided and the location where child care is provided.  

If the location in which child care is provided is part of the child care provider’s personal residence and the licence allows child care to be provided to a maximum of eight children, then the provider would be eligible for the family CCOF rate.

If child care is licensed and provided to more than eight children in the child care provider’s personal residence, the provider may be eligible for the group rate, as long as the provider abides by the requirements of the Child Care Licensing Regulation.

If child care is provided to more than eight children in the licensee’s personal residence, the licensee may be eligible to receive the group CCOF rate, as long as the licensee abides by the requirements in the Child Care Licensing Regulation which includes that the licensee must have staff assisting with the provision of child care.

If the licensee hires staff to assist with the provision of child care in his or her personal residence to eight children or less, then the child care operator would be eligible for the family CCOF rate.  The family CCOF rate also applies to licensees who are not personally providing child care, but who have hired an ECE to care for the children, if no more than eight children are cared for at one time.

The CCOF rate these providers will receive depends on the number of children for whom child care is provided and the location in which child care is provided.

ECEs who personally provide child care to eight children or less in their personal residence will receive the same CCOF rate as family child care providers.

Licensees who hire an ECE staff person to provide child care in the licensee’s personal residence for a maximum of eight children will receive the family CCOF rate.

If child care is provided to more than eight children of various ages, in two or more groups, and/or is provided in a location other than a personal residence, and the licensee abides by the requirements in the Child Care Licensing Regulation which includes that the licensee must have staff assisting with the provision of child care, then the licensee will be eligible for the group CCOF rate.