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Information for Families

We are committed to supporting the childcare sector with higher wages through the Canada-Wide Agreement.

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Effective December 31, 2022, families will receive an additional 25 per cent fee reduction on average, bringing total reductions to an average of 50 per cent, helping to ease the financial burden for families.

This change will help parents and guardians with infants, toddlers and preschoolers across the province.ed to a total of 50 per cent by the end of 2022, with fees moving to, $10 a day, on average, by 2026.

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As part of the Nova Scotia Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement, our province is starting a five-year journey to build a system of child care that is affordable, inclusive, and accessible. Our vision is child care that cares for everyone – children, families, operators, and early childhood educators.

New Child Care Spaces

An increase in licensed child care spaces means more child care options for families that are high-quality, affordable and offer peace of mind. The province is creating 1,500 new licensed child care spaces across Nova Scotia through renovations to existing sites and at new sites. The new spaces may include infant, toddler and preschool spaces.

New child care spaces opening by this winter

Operator Description Community (County) Spaces (range)
Bayers Westwood Day Care Centre Renovation Halifax (Halifax) 1-10
Cunard Street Children's Centre Renovation Peninsula (Halifax) 1-10
Dartmouth Day Care Centre Renovation Dartmouth East (Halifax) 31-40
Dr. Jane Norman Child Study Centre Renovation Truro (Colchester) 11-20
Dr. Jane Norman Child Study Centre – Douglas Street New Location Truro (Colchester) 31-40
Dr. Jane Norman Child Study Centre – Infant Centre New Location Truro (Colchester) 11-20
East Preston Day Care Centre Renovation East Preston (Halifax) 1-10
East Preston Day Care Centre – AKOMA New Location East Preston (Halifax) 51-60
Edward Jost Children's Centre Renovation Spryfield (Halifax) 21-30
Edward Jost Children's Centre Annex New Location Spryfield (Halifax) 71-80
First Lake Early Learning Centre Society Renovation Lower Sackville (Halifax) 1-10
Learning Grove Child Care Centre New Location Digby (Digby) 1-10
Little People's Place of Shelburne Association Renovation St. Andrews, Shelburne (Shelburne) 11-20
Little People's Place of Shelburne Association New Location King St., Shelburne (Shelburne) 11-20
Lower Onslow Playschool Association Renovation Lower Onslow (Colchester) 11-20
Lower Sackville Nursey School Renovation Lower Sackville (Halifax) 21-30
Lunenburg Day Care Centre Renovation Lunenburg (Lunenburg) 1-10
Maritime Muslim Academy New Location Wolfville (Kings) 21-30
Maritime Muslim Academy New Location Antigonish (Antigonish) 21-30
Maritime Muslim Academy New Location Clayton Park (Halifax) 91-100
Maritime Muslim Academy Preschool Renovation Peninsula (Halifax) 41-50
Munro Academy Early Learning Centre Renovation Sydney Mines (Cape Breton) 51-60
Needham Early Learning Centre New Location Northend Halifax (Halifax) 51-60
Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Educators New Location Northend Halifax (Halifax) 31-40
Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Educators New Location Port Hawkesbury (Inverness) 21-30
Playschool Day Care Centre Renovation New Waterford (Cape Breton) 21-30
Queens Day Care Association Renovation Liverpool (Queens) 61-70
Taigh Cùraim Day Care Society Renovation Baddeck (Victoria) 21-30
Taigh Cùraim Day Care Society New Location Ingonish (Victoria) 21-30
Taigh Cùraim Day Care Society New Location Bay St. Lawrence (Victoria) 11-20
The Fox & The Hare Daycare Renovation Lockeport (Shelburne) 1-10
Through the Years Day Care & Community Centre Renovation Hubbards (Lunenburg) 11-20
Town Daycare Centre Renovation Glace Bay (Cape Breton) 11-20
Whitney Pier Day Care Centre Renovation Sydney (Cape Breton) 21-30
Windsor Day Care Centre Renovation Windsor (Hants) 11-20
Windsor Day Care Centre New Location Windsor (Hants) 11-20
Windsor Nursey School Renovation Windsor (Hants) 11-20
Cumberland YMCA Early Learning Centre New Location Oxford (Cumberland) 11-20
YMCA Halifax New Location Fall River (Halifax) 81-90
YWCA Early Learning & Childcare Centre              New Location Tatamagouche (Colchester) 51-60
La P'tite Academie Societe Renovation Church Point (Digby) 31-40
Le Jardin des Petits Renovation Tusket (Yarmouth) 11-20
Le Jardin des Petits New Location Wedgeport (Yarmouth) 21-30
Centre de la Petite Enfance de la Rive-Sud Renovation Cookville (Lunenburg) 11-20
Papillons & Pissenlits Renovation Pubnico (Yarmouth) 1-10

Family Home Child Care

Operator Community (County) Number of Homes*
Cape Breton Family Place Family Home Child Care Agency Inverness, Victoria, Cape Breton, Richmond 12
Family Home Child Care Society Pictou, Antigonish, Guysborough, Halifax 12
Jane Norman College Family Home Child Care Agency Colchester, Cumberland 12
Chebucto Family Centre Home Child Care Agency Halifax 5
Family Matters Family Home Child Care Agency Annapolis, Lunenburg 5
Kings County Family Resource Centre Home Child Care Agency Kings, West Hants 7
Garderie Familiale de Clare (La) Halifax, Cape Breton 10

*Each Family Home can care for 3 infants or up to 6 children up to 18 months and older.

How it works: 50 per cent fee reduction

After December 31, fee reductions will be applied directly to child care bills. The daily fee reduction amounts are:

  Jan 1, 2022 Average Fee Reduction ($) Dec 31, 2022 Average Fee Reduction ($) Total Average 50% Fee Reductions ($)
Licensed Child Care Centres
Infant 10.50 12.50 23.00
Toddler 9.00 9.25 18.25
Preschool: Full Day 8.75 9.50 18.25
Preschool: Part Day ​ 3.75 0.75 4.50
School Age: Full Day 6.75 3.25 10.00
School Age: Before and After​ 5.00 1.00​ 6.00
School Age: After Only 4.00 0.50 4.50
School Age: Before Only 3.00 0.00 3.00
Family Home Child Care
Infant 8.50 8.50 17.00
Toddler 8.25 8.25 16.50
Preschool: Full Day 8.25 8.25 16.50
School Age: Full Day 8.25 8.25 16.50
School Age: Before and After 5.00 1.00 6.00
School Age: After Only 4.00 0.00 4.00
School Age: Before Only 3.00 0.00 3.00
Nova Scotia Before and After Programs
School Age: Before and After 4.25 0.00 4.25
School Age: After Only 3.25 0.00 3.25
School Age: Before Only 1.50 0.00 1.50

Fee Reduction Table (PDF)

Eligibility

Licensed centres that sign their amended annual funding agreement, which reflects the principles of the Canada-wide agreement, will be provided with full funding to offset the additional fee reduction. Regulated family home child care programs will be provided with full funding to offset the additional fee reduction.

Child Care Subsidy

Families that receive support from the Province's Child Care Subsidy Program will continue to receive subsidy coverage in addition to the fee reduction. Please reach out to your caseworker or child care centre if you have any concerns.

Parent choice

As a parent, you will always have choice in who provides care for your child. As we advance our work under the Canada-Wide Agreement, parents will continue to have choice. If you would like help in finding a space that can provide you with the fee reduction, please reach out: ECDServices@NovaScotia.ca

Frequently Asked Questions

The average 25 per cent reduction will begin December 31, 2022. This is in addition to the 25 per cent parent fee reduction announced in March 2022, bringing total reductions to an average of 50 per cent.

This is an important milestone as part of our commitment to a publicly funded childcare system. We know that for many families, childcare is their single biggest monthly expense, and we are working toward achieving a $10 per day childcare, on average, for families by 2026.

Families will see the savings applied directly to their childcare bill. There is nothing for you to do to receive this reduction.

Families with infants and toddlers and pre-schoolers in licensed, funded childcare centres will.

In 2019, on average, a family with an infant in a licensed childcare centre paid $42 per day. Childcare is often families’ single biggest monthly expense. Ten dollars per day childcare is part of our commitment to a publicly funded childcare system to ensure all families have access to high quality, inclusive, and affordable opportunities.

Many families with school-aged children are paying, on average, $9–11 per day for before and after school care. We are working to make this the norm for all families with young children.

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