Become an In-Home Child-Care Provider

Becoming Your Own Entrepreneur:

Thank you for your interest in our In-Home Child Care Provider opportunity. The first step is to download and fill out interactive PDF application and email it back to us at

Once your application is found to meet the CCEYA ACT requirements, you will be assigned a case worker who will answer any additional questions you may have. This meeting may be held virtually via Zoom or in-person and will evaluate if we are a right fit to start our child-care collaboration. 

Selected individuals will become IN-HOME PROVIDERS from Inventiveminds – We are a not-for-profit organization with over 16 years experience in serving communities, families and government offices. Our goal is to provide a safe environment where we meet the needs of each individual child in our care. We are proud to serve families in region of Toronto, York, Peel and Halton.

In Order To become a Home Provider:

  • Each region will need to meet their zoning by the city. Your case worker will help you in this process. (Building, Health, CCEYA Act regulation must be met).
  • You will be required to receive 3rd party insurance for safety independently and must have your First Aid CPR Level C certification.
  • You must complete certification of IMKA to ensure you are aware of CCEYA ACT and your legal and government obligations. This is a 10 day virtual training workshop for 2 hours per day, Monday to Friday. 

Focusing On Regulation, Child -Development& IMKA policy and procedure.

  • Must have Vulnerable Sector Screening completed and for anyone in the household who will be residing that is 18 years and older. InventiveMinds will require the original copy of your vulnerable sector and everyone in your household.
  • All members of the in-home child-care property must have up-to-date immunization records and Covid-vaccination proof for all members of the house.
  • Food Handling Certificate from Your Region. Your case worker will assist you in this process.

Support Benefits

Licensed home child care is provided by individual home child care providers/caregivers who are contracted by home child care agencies that are licensed by the Ministry of Education. At least once per year, the Ministry of Education inspects licensed home child care agencies, and some home child-care locations to ensure they meet the licensing standards. All licensed home child-care providers must follow the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 requirements. InventiveMinds supports you in becoming a licenced and will assist you in meeting the government standard to ensure safe environment is provided for the children at all times.

There are countless benefits to providing home child care services in your home.  Families enjoy great flexibility in their child care arrangements, the ability to place siblings together and the small group sizes of children among other benefits.

Licensed home child-care providers benefit in many financial, administrative and support benefits, such as professional development opportunities, training and monitoring, funding and child care fee subsidies, among others. These benefits allow licensed home child care providers to focus on what’s most important: providing high-quality care to the children in their care, spending more time with the children and concentrating on building relationships with families.

Working with InventiveMinds agency removes many burdens associated with running a business, allowing providers to prioritize the delivery of quality child care.

Financial Benefits

In Home Provider Benefits:

  • Full benefit package: Medical, Vision, etc.
  • Under the Act in each licence in-home provider is permitted to have 6 children in their care.
  • Compensation Structure – Fee Per Child in Care Under IMKA
  • Bonus structure for: 
    • Infant Care (Newborn- 18-Month-old)  - $800 per child

    • Toddler Care (19 month -28-Month-Old) $700 per child

    • Preschool Care (29- 4 years Old) $500 per child
  • Providers are guaranteed a paycheque from InventiveMinds agency on a monthly basis and may be covered for portions of payment periods for absences of sick children 

Administrative Benefits

InventiveMinds plays an important part in supporting our In-Hope Child-Care providers such as:

  • Sharing important reminders with our in-home child-care providers to help reduce any missed administrative duties that include maintaining daily logs and attendance sheets as required by law which may determine legal liability for neglect and abuse on a child and result in criminal offences
  • Notifying in-home child-care providers about important policy changes or news from the Ministry of Education and amendments to the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (CCEYA) 6
  • Complete advertising and marketing for in-home providers and covering applicable marketing costs
  • Providing support for protocols and assisting with serious occurrences to help relieve stress during emergency situations
  • Families are provided with agency social workers, workshops to help create more satisfactory and quality services, help solving parental conflicts and parental support from professionals in the field
  • InventiveMinds will assist in filling child vacancies within your in-home child-care.  

Frequently asked questions for providers

Q.What experience do I need to become a licensed home child care provider?

A.Home child providers should have experience with children, such as taking care of family members, working with children or volunteering with children.

Q.Who should I contact if I want to become a licenced home child care provider?

A.Contact your licensed home child care agency of choice and ask them about their screening processes and how to become a licensed provider. Agencies acquire and hold the licenses from the Ministry of Education for their licensed home child care providers.

Q. How many children can a licensed home child care provider care for?

A. As of July 1, 2019, under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014, a licensed home child care provider can care for a maximum of six (6) children under the age of 13. Providers must care for a maximum of only three (3) children under the age of two (2) (including their own children).

Does a provider have to count their own children? Yes. Licensed home child care providers must count their own children under the age of four (4). As of July 1, 2019, providers no longer need to count their own children aged four (4) and older.

Q. Can a home-based child care provider care for more children if another adult is present?

A. No. The maximum number of children applies regardless of the number of adults in the home.

Q. What should I consider when preparing my home for a child care business?

A. Prospective licensed home child care providers should consider their hours of operation, how many children they wish to care for, safe indoor and outdoor spaces, equipment, early learning activities and supplies in order to provide high-quality licensed home child care.



Here are some helpful links with information about laws and regulations, health and safety 

LAWS AND REGULATIONS Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014: Child Care Licensing Resources:

Home Child Care Licensing Manual (updated September 2019): Ontario Ministry of Education:

HEALTH AND SAFETY Canada’s Food Guide: Canadian Immunization Guide: Part 3 Vaccination of specific populations (child care workers, workers in educational settings):

Consumer product safety:

Immunization for Children in Schools and Licensed Child Care Settings Protocol, 2018: _Schools_Child_Care_Protocol_2018_en.pdf

Smoke-Free Ontario Act:

Vaccines for children at school: