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Child Care

Rules About Child Care

In Ontario, as a parent, you are in charge of your children’s safety and well-being until they are 16 years old. You must give reasonable supervision and care.

Under The Criminal Code of Canada it is against the law to abandon a child.  This applies to any parent who leaves a child alone under the age of 10, exposing the child to possible danger.

There are many resources in Northumberland County that can help you and your family. If you are not sure if it is okay to leave your child home alone, please contact Highland Shores Children's Aid.

Newcomer Parents

Many newcomer families face stress when they start their new life in Canada. Some newcomers might find a new lifestyle and learning new languages very challenging. Also there are special challenges when you look after the care of very young children in a new environment. The Best Start Resource Centre has "Growing Up in a New Land", a booklet for parents of children 0-6 years old.

You can also find important information on child care in different languages at the Ministry of Education website. 

Child care in Northumberland County

Do you need financial assistance for child care or want to know about child care providers iavailable in your community? Read the information guide from the Community and Social Services of Northumberland County.

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