Unlicensed Child Care
Did You Know…?
Not all child care providers who care for children in their homes are approved by the Government of New Brunswick. It is important for parents to be aware of the regulations and requirements child care providers must comply with when caring for children.
My child goes to a babysitter that is not approved as a licensed child care provider. Is this okay?
There is nothing wrong with your child being cared for by a friend, relative, or other caregiver you have chosen. However, these individuals still must adhere to the law with regard to the number of children in their care.
As a reference, the following summarizes the number of children for whom an individual may provide childcare without requiring a Certificate of Approval:
1) two infants (0-24 months); or
2) four children aged two to five; or
3) eight children aged six and over; or
4) five children where the children are of the ages five and under and six and over. Where the children are a combination of ages, then the combination of five children must not include more than one child under 24 months and at least one child must be of the age five and over.
These numbers include those of the caregiver.