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OCTC Services to Child Care/Preschool

Your child may receive the services described in this document as determined by your child’s diagnosis and needs.

The decision to enroll your child in any child care environment is completely up to you. In the event that you decide that you would like your child to attend a child care environment, there are many options available to you and your child from full time childcare to part time nursery school.

Questions and answers regarding child care/preschool

What are definitions for child care and preschool?

Who can assist me with child care/preschool options?

OCTC Social Work Services or a community case manager can provide you with information and assist you with getting the process started.

What child care/preschool options exist?

There are a variety of licensed and unlicensed programs in Renfrew County. Information about the types of programs and services provided are available through the County of Renfrew Child Care Services Division. You may visit their website: www.countyofrenfrew.on.ca/child-care. This document provides information on what program will suit your child based on age, length of program, etc.

What are the benefits of licensed and unlicensed child care or home child care programs?

Child Care Information lists possible advantages and disadvantages of licensed programs and unlicensed programs.

When should I start thinking about child care/preschool?

For all child care/preschool options, it is advised that you start planning at least 6 months to 12 months before you want your child to start. Occasionally spaces will be available within a shorter period of time.

How and where do I apply for a licensed preschool and child care programs?

For preschool and child care programs, parents need to contact the programs of their choice directly, to place their child’s name on the wait list for each program. A list of child care and preschool programs is available at: www.countyofrenfrew.on.ca/child-care-agencies

If your child has physical disability you can contact OCTC Social Work Services to help you find the information. It is advised that you apply to many programs in order to secure an appropriate spot. You may want to plan a visit with your child to your top choices.

How and where do I apply for subsidized licensed child care placement?

County of Renfrew Child Care Services Division manages the centralized fee subsidy wait list. You can apply for the subsidy by phone, email, fax or in person etc. Once your application is reviewed your child is placed on the wait list. www.countyofrenfrew.on.ca/departments/social-services/child-care

What are the questions I should ask a child care provider when I plan my visit?

Who should I notify if my child starts a child care/preschool program?

Inform your child’s current therapy team, they can provide support and consultative services to the childcare/preschool program.

Who should I contact, if my child requires additional support in a child care/preschool setting?

The Renfrew, Integration Services for Children with Special Needs provides support for children who have a developmental disability. Any agency can make the referral to this service. www.countyofrenfrew.on.ca/departments/social-services/child-care

Parent handbook

What respite options are available in Renfrew County?

OCTC does not run respite programs in Renfrew County. For further information on respite options in your area, please contact the following:

How do I obtain an application for an Accessible Parking Permit?

For further information and to apply, please visit the following website: Accessible parking permit

You can also pick up an application at any Driver and Vehicle Licence Issuing Office or request an application by mail from:

Service Ontario
License Renewals Unit
P.O. Box 9800
Kingston, ON
K7L 5N8

Transition from Child Care/Preschool to School

In preparation for the next transition, you can get ready by looking ahead. Here are some examples of areas you may want to research, learn about for support and information.

  • Understanding your child's learning abilities and needs:
  • School Placement Needs, Registration for School
  • Individual Education Plans (IEP), Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC)
  • Transportation
  • Investigate respite options for you and your family
  • Seek assistance to promote disability awareness in various environments (making friends, being different)
  • Camps
  • Sibling needs
  • Supports for my child in a school setting
  • Van and home modifications