Wellington-Guelph Child Care Application and Waitlist

NEW Wellington-Guelph Child Care Application and Waitlist

As of April 17, 2024, most of the licensed child care programmes within Wellington County and the City of Guelph have transitioned to a centralized child care waitlist.

The Wellington-Guelph Child Care Application and Waitlist website is where you can find and apply for licensed child care and authorized recreation programmes in the Wellington/Guelph service area. Programmes continue to maintain control over their own waitlist(s) and waitlist policies.

Note: Families who have already registered on the waitlist of a licensed child care programme in the County of Wellington or City of Guelph, prior to April 1, 2024, should receive an email with a link to access the portal on April 17th.

The online Wellington-Guelph Child Care Application and Waitlist uses the OneHSN Childcare Connect Platform. Click on the button below to find and apply for child care!

Go to the Wellington-Guelph Child Care Application and Waitlist

Benefits of a centralized platform

The platform allows families to:

  • Easily find and apply to licensed child care centres, home child care providers, before and after school programmes and authorized recreation programmes, of your choice.
  • Focus on convenience by using the interactive map to find child care options close to work or home.
  • Manage contact information, applications, and preferences for programmes and centres.
    • If you make a change to your contact information, this change will automatically be reflected across all programmes you have applied to.
  • Seek information about financial assistance for child care and special needs supports (Enhanced Support System) for children.

Frequently Asked Questions - Families

What will happen to my child care application(s) submitted prior to April 1st, 2024? Will I retain my spot on the waitlist? 

The County worked closely with child care operators to ensure the information provided on your initial child care application(s), submitted prior to April 1, 2024, for licensed child care centres and authorized recreation programmes were transitioned to the centralized waitlist. Your original application date and spot in line were held during this transition.

If you had an existing child care application prior to April 1, 2024, you should be able to see these on your profile under ‘Summary of My Child Care Applications’. If you believe there is an error on any application(s) or if an application is missing from your profile, please reach out to the programme directly for support. 

Am I registering my child in a child care programme on this site?

No, on this site you can complete and submit an application for child care that will be automatically sent to the child care programme(s) of your choice. Once a space becomes available, you will be contacted by the child care programme for registration.

Can I apply to more than one child care programme?

Yes, you may apply to as many programmes as you wish. Your choices will be determined by the information you submit on your application. You will be contacted by the child care programme where a space first becomes available. If you accept this space, you still have the option of remaining on one or more other waitlists.

How long will I have to wait for a space?

If no space is immediately available to you, the amount of time you will wait is determined by many factors. You may contact the child care programme directly to find out where you are on their wait list.

How do I apply for assistance with child care fees or subsidy?

For more information about Child Care Subsidy visit  Child Care Fee Subsidy - CEYD - Wellington County.

You can also call 519.837.3620 x3090 to apply.

Who qualifies for Subsidy?

Persons who are working, attending school or have an approved medical or child/family need for child care may be eligible for Child Care Fee Subsidy.  The amount of Fee Subsidy a family can receive is calculated based on income.

How are CWELCC and Child Care Fee Subsidy Different?

Canada Wide Early Learning and Child Care (CWELCC) reduces the cost of the child care space at licensed child care programmes who are participating in CWELCC for children under age of 6 years.  This may be extended to June 30th of the year a child turns 6 if the child turns 6 between January to June and is enrolled in a preschool, kindergarten or family age group. 

Families do not need to apply for CWELCC. 

Child Care Fee Subsidy is also help with the cost of child care.  Families need to apply and be eligible to receive a fee subsidy.  To be eligible parents need to have a need for care (e.g. Working, attending school) and be financially eligible.  The amount a family pays varies based on their income.  Child Care Subsidy can be approved for children up to age 13 who are attending a licensed child care programme that has a service agreement with the County of Wellington.

Families can still apply for Subsidy, even if their child care fees are lower due of CWELCC.

Frequently Asked Questions - Operators

How will my programme benefit from moving to a centralized waitlist?
  • Allows operators to easily market their programmes, customize their priorities, and fill vacancies faster.
  • Reduces the administrative burden for operators to manage and monitor their waitlist.
  • Have access to accurate and up-to-date applicant information.
  • Operators maintain their own waitlist policies and procedures.
    • Applicants are made aware that adding their child’s name to the waitlist website does not guarantee they will be offered a space for every programme they apply to.
    • Operators can include their programme’s specific waitlist policies and procedures in their customized welcome letter to families.
    • Operators continue to offer available spaces according to their policies and procedures.


Media Release - March 4, 2024

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