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Information for Families

Exciting changes to the Nova Scotia Child Care Subsidy program!

Historically, family eligibility was assessed based on income and liquid asset value.

Effective May 29, 2024, applicants are no longer required to provide liquid asset value, letting families save to meet financial goals, like saving for retirement or a downpayment on a home, without impacting their subsidy eligibility.

The program is also transitioning from a paper-based form to an online/ digital application.

The move from paper to digital applications will reduce the administrative burden and decrease turnaround time for processing.

Paper-based/ PDF forms are no longer available for download, however applicants who have a paper-based/ PDF form in progress may submit them for processing (via the secure upload form for PDF applications and digital supporting documents) until Wednesday, June 12, 2024. After that date applications will only be accepted via the new online service.

Start your online application now

We’re creating more child care spaces across the Province


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Child Care fees will be moving to $10 a day, on average, by 2026.


Learn more about the program


Nova Scotia Child Care Subsidy Program 
Eligibility, documentation requirements and a pathway to our new online application service.

Finding Child Care 
Family Home Child Care, Licensed Early Learning & Child Care Centres, and the NS Before and After School Program

Inclusion Support & Early Childhood Development Intervention Services 
Inclusive child care programs & services to families with children diagnosed with/at risk for developmental delay from birth to school entry.


Nova Scotia Child Care Directory
The Government of Nova Scotia licenses child care facilities throughout the province. This directory lets you search for facilities by name and/or location.

Let’s Play Together! A Guide for Parents of 4-Year Olds 
African Nova Scotian (PDF 3.9 MB) | English (PDF 4.5 MB) | French (PDF 4.1 MB) | Mi'kmaq (PDF 1.9 MB)

Capable, Confident and Curious
Nova Scotia’s Early Learning Curriculum Framework guides the practice of early childhood educators and pedagogical leaders, who work with young children, from birth to age eight.