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Child Care at Durham District School Board Schools
The Durham District School Board (DDSB) supports the provision of quality child care services in its schools through qualified, licensed child care operators where space is available and the need for service has been identified through community/regional p​lanning processes.
The Durham District School Board's policy (#1500) illustrates the
Child Care
Board’s commitment to building strong partnerships with child care centres in order to support schools, students, families, and communities.  Research has shown that ​the early years – from conception to age six – are the most signifi​cant and influential years in terms of brain development, learning, behavior, and health.  It has also been shown that high-quality licensed child care that supports the development of cognitive and social skills can enhance school readiness and help children achieve later school success. 

Their curriculum programs are informed by the Early Learning for Every Child Today (ELECT) document.

 Early Years Program Brochures

Early Years

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Child care services within the DDSB are delivered in three ways:
  1. Full range of service for children from infancy to age 4.
  2. Kindergarten extended day Before and After school care for 4 and 5 year olds
    (10 month school year programs).  The fee range for 2018-2019 school year is between
    $23.63 & $30.70.  Fees vary on PA days and other holidays.   
  3. Before and After school care for students age 6 to 12 (10 month school year programs).
    The fee range for 2018-2019 school year is between $19.95 & $27.78. 
    Fees vary on PA days and other holidays.   
  4. Summer Camp/Child Care for students 4-12 (July and August).  

Every child care program is led by a Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE). This professional educator group is governed by the ​Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice as set by The College of Early Childhood Educators. Their curriculum pr​ograms are informed by the Early Learning for Every Child Today (ELECT) document.

Viability of the program is determined by parent surveys and child care registration nights at schools.


If a school's child care provider is cancelled, the extended day program will be offered by the DDSB or another child care provider in the school; but the fees, days and times of operation may change. If the Board chooses to operate an extended day program, its fees would be $30.00/hour. 


Fee Subsidy helps eligible families pay for child care 

To apply for child care fee subsidy, visit the Regional Municipality of Durham Children's Services Division website at
From the website, click on child care fee assistance and then click on how to apply for child care assistance.  You will be directed to the on-line application.  Once the application is completed and submitted you and your family will be placed on the wait list.  You may also apply by calling the Children's Services Division at 905-666-6238 or toll free at 1-800-387-0642 and ask for the Intake Clerk.
Once your name is added to the wait list you will receive a letter in the mail confirming your wait list date.  The Regional Municipality of Durham manages the wait list with a "first-come, first-served" basis.  When your name reaches the top of the list, you will be contacted to arrange an intake interview to assess eligibility.


Durham District School Board
400 Taunton Road East,
Whitby, ON
L1R 2K6 Canada

Phone: 905-666-5500
Fax: 905-666-6474
Toll Free: 1-800-265-3968
TTY 905-666-6943, 877-868-5575
© Durham District School Board, 2013