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Children's Services FAQ's

  

 

1. I am expecting a child in the future and will require subsidized child care. Should I apply now?
If you are expecting to return to work after one year maternity leave, it is important to recognize that there are very few infant spaces in the Kenora district; although currently there is no wait list for subsidized child care spaces. Families should inquire at their local child care centre regarding availability of infant spaces and should apply for subsidy once they have secured a space. For a complete list of licensed child care centres in our area, click here
2. Do I have to be a working parent to receive fee subsidy?
Parents and caregivers who have referrals to use licensed child care may qualify of subsidy. For example, if your child has been identified as needing more time in social situations with other children, you may qualify for subsidy to socialize your child in a licensed child care setting.
3. At what point is a family ineligible for Child Care Subsidy?

A family is financially ineligible when their available income is more than the cost of child care.

4. How do I choose a quality child care centre?

In Ontario, the Ministry of Education license Child Care Centres. The standards under the Day Nurseries Act address such things as health, safety and developmental needs, staff/child ratios, physical environment such as outdoor and indoor space, bathrooms etc. It is also important that you visit prospective child care programs; speak with professionals there to ascertain if the program will meet your needs.

5. Are my savings, investments, RRSP’s and RESP’s considered when I apply?

Financial eligibility for child care subsidy is based on income only. Assets, debt and living expenses are not considered under the Income Test.

6.I am just coming off of maternity leave, what will you use as my income for the past year?

The amount that you pay for child care will be calculated using the information on Line 236 on your most recent Notice of Assessment/Reassessment and the amount of any Universal Child Care Benefit (if applicable). If you have a spouse, the two incomes will be added together for a total family income.

7. How is eligibility determined?

Eligibility is determined using a provincially mandated income test, using your federal income tax assessment. The amount that you pay for child care will be calculated using the information on Line 236 on you most recent Notice of Assessment/Reassessment and the amount of any Universal Child Care benefit (if applicable).

8. I have a child with Special Needs; what resources are available?

The Kenora District Services Board funds Resource Teachers for all of our licensed child care centres to support the integration of children with special needs into community licensed child care services. These services are available at no additional cost to parents

Resource teachers assist child care agencies in the assessment of children with special needs, prepare individual program plans for each child and provide support to families and caregivers.

Services Overview

The KDSB goal is to support economic and social development in the District of Kenora by investing in and supporting an accessible, affordable and accountable Early Learning and Care.

Contact Us

Our hours of operation are Mon.-Fri. 8am to 4:30 pm for all general inquiries please feel free to contact us.

Address: 211 Princess Street, Dryden Ontario, P8N 3L5
Telephone: (807) 223-2100
FAX: (807) 223-6500
Others: (807) 468-KDSB(5372)
E-mail: kdsb@kdsb.on.ca