Directly Operated Child Care Programmes

About Our Programmes

County of Wellington Child Care Centres strive to provide nurturing and inclusive environments that are attuned to the interests of children - what they know and what they wonder about. It is through these environments, as well as play and inquiry experiences, that all children, who we view as competent, capable and creative; can develop their unique disposition, resilience, and skills for life-long learning.

Our programmes work with Inclusion Supports Services, a team of child care staff and community service agencies that work with families to ensure all children, including those children with disabilities and special needs can fully participate in child care.

The County of Wellington currently directly operates child care programmes in Mt. Forest, Palmerston, Aboyne, and Guelph. Wellington Place Child Care and Learning Centre which opened in September 2019 is our newest programme. For more information about any of our directly operated child care programmes, please click on the name of the programme below.

View our latest media release

Directly Operated Programmes - Parent and Guardian Handbook

Enrolment Policy and Procedure

The Children’s Early Years Division (CEYD) enrolls children in the Directly Operated Programmes (DOPs) through the enrolment process outlined in this policy. When the maximum licensed capacity of a programme has been reached and spaces are no longer available, children’s names will remain on a waitlist that can be referenced when spaces become available at a later date. This confidential waitlist is comprised of information provided by families who require care and outlines their child care needs and requests.  There will be a transparent process of offering a space and admitting children into the programme that is driven by an established order of priority.

Full Enrolment Policy and Procedure

Our Centres

The County of Wellington is a licensed service provider for four child care programmes in the Wellington and Guelph area.

 Mount Forest Child Care and Learning Centre

Add Child to Waitlist

Location

311 Foster Street, Mount Forest ON, N0G 2L1

At the County of Wellington Community Services Centre.

Child care spaces offered

Mount Forest Child Care and Learning Centre provides care for children ages birth to 3.8 years (44 months) this includes:

  • 6 spaces for infants (birth to 18 months)
  • 10 spaces for toddlers (18 months to 30 months)
  • 16 spaces for preschoolers (30 months to 48 months)

Hours

6:30 AM to 6:00 PM Monday to Friday, full year round (statutory holidays excluded)

Contact

Lori Corrigan, Supervisor, Mount Forest Child Care and Learning Centre T 519.323.1653. Email Lori Corrigan.

Fees

The County of Wellington Directly Operated Child Care Centres have been enrolled in the Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care (CWELCC) System. The initial phase of the CWELCC system saw original base parent fees reduced by 25% in 2022. Phase two includes a further reduction of 52.75% of the original base parent fees in 2023, to a minimum of $12.00. The new daily rates reflect this update, as seen in the following tables.
Infant programme rates
Amount of carePre-CWELCC daily ratesCurrent daily rates

Full day, 5 days/week

$61.30

$28.95

Full day and less than; 5 days/week

$73.40

$34.70

½ day with lunch

$39.85

$18.85

½ day without lunch

$36.70

$17.35

Toddler programme rates
Amount of carePre-CWELCC daily ratesCurrent daily rates

Full day, 5 days/week

$49.55

$23.40

Full day and less than; 5 days/week

$54.25

$25.65

½ day with lunch

$33.75

$15.95

½ day without lunch

$29.05

$13.75

Preschool programme rates
Amount of carePre-CWELCC daily rates  Current daily rates

Full day, 5 days/week

$43.55

$20.55

Full day and less than; 5 days/week

$48.05

$22.70

½ day with lunch

$27.95

$13.20

½ day without lunch

$24.40

$12.00

Need help paying for child care? Learn about child care fee subsidy.

 Palmerston Child Care and Learning Centre

Add Child to Waitlist

Location

 540 Prospect Street South, Palmerston ON, N0G 2P0

Child care spaces offered

Palmerston Child Care and Learning Centre provides care for children ages birth to 3.8 years (44 months) this includes:

  • 10 spaces for Infants (Birth to 18 months)
  • 15 spaces for Toddlers (18 months to 30 months)
  • 24 spaces for Preschoolers (30 months to 48 months)

Hours

6:30 AM to 6:00 PM Monday to Friday, full year round (statutory holidays excluded)

Contact

Debbie Miller, Supervisor, Palmerston Child Care and Learning Centre T 519.417.2902 Email Debbie Miller

Fees

The County of Wellington Directly Operated Child Care Centres have been enrolled in the Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care (CWELCC) System. The initial phase of the CWELCC system saw original base parent fees reduced by 25% in 2022. Phase two includes a further reduction of 52.75% of the original base parent fees in 2023, to a minimum of $12.00. The new daily rates reflect this update, as seen in the following tables.
Infant programme rates
Amount of carePre-CWELCC daily ratesCurrent daily rates

Full day, 5 days/week

$61.30

$28.95

Full day and less than; 5 days/week

$73.40

$34.70

½ day with lunch

$39.85

$18.85

½ day without lunch

$36.70

$17.35

Toddler programme rates
Amount of carePre-CWELCC daily ratesCurrent daily rates

Full day, 5 days/week

$49.55

$23.40

Full day and less than; 5 days/week

$54.25

$25.65

½ day with lunch

$33.75

$15.95

½ day without lunch

$29.05

$13.75

Preschool programme rates
Amount of carePre-CWELCC daily rates  Current daily rates

Full day, 5 days/week

$43.55

$20.55

Full day and less than; 5 days/week

$48.05

$22.70

½ day with lunch

$27.95

$13.20

½ day without lunch

$24.40

$12.00

Need help paying for child care? Learn about child care fee subsidy.

Wellington Place Child Care and Learning Centre

Add Child to Waitlist

Location

477 Charles Allan Way, Fergus ON, N1M 2W3


Child care spaces offered

Wellington Place Child Care and Learning Centre provides care for children ages birth to 3.8 years (44 months) this includes:

  • 10 spaces for Infants (birth to 18 months)
  • 30 spaces for Toddlers (18 months to 30 months)
  • 24 spaces for Preschoolers (30 months to 48 months)

Hours

6:30 AM to 6:00 PM Monday to Friday, full year round (statutory holidays excluded)

Contact

Wellington Place Child Care and Learning Centre T 226.383.2266. Email Wellington Place Child Care and Learning Centre

Fees

The County of Wellington Directly Operated Child Care Centres have been enrolled in the Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care (CWELCC) System. The initial phase of the CWELCC system saw original base parent fees reduced by 25% in 2022. Phase two includes a further reduction of 52.75% of the original base parent fees in 2023, to a minimum of $12.00. The new daily rates reflect this update, as seen in the following tables.
Infant programme rates
Amount of carePre-CWELCC daily ratesCurrent daily rates

Full day, 5 days/week

$61.30

$28.95

Full day and less than; 5 days/week

$73.40

$34.70

½ day with lunch

$39.85

$18.85

½ day without lunch

$36.70

$17.35

Toddler programme rates
Amount of carePre-CWELCC daily ratesCurrent daily rates

Full day, 5 days/week

$49.55

$23.40

Full day and less than; 5 days/week

$54.25

$25.65

½ day with lunch

$33.75

$15.95

½ day without lunch

$29.05

$13.75

Preschool programme rates
Amount of carePre-CWELCC daily rates  Current daily rates

Full day, 5 days/week

$43.55

$20.55

Full day and less than; 5 days/week

$48.05

$22.70

½ day with lunch

$27.95

$13.20

½ day without lunch

$24.40

$12.00

Need help paying for child care? Learn about child care fee subsidy

Willowdale Child Care and Learning Centre

Add Child to Waitlist

Location

 95 Willow Road, Guelph ON, N1H 1W4

Child care spaces offered

Willowdale Child Care and Learning Centre provides care for children ages birth to 3.8 years (44 months) this includes:

  • 6 spaces for Infants (birth to 18 months)
  • 10 spaces for Toddlers (18 months to 30 months)
  • 16 spaces for Preschoolers (30 months to 48 months)

Hours

6:30 AM to 6:00 PM Monday to Friday, full year round (statutory holidays excluded)

Contact

Andrea Pierce Supervisor, Willowdale Child Care and Learning Centre T 519.822.6010 x5122 or 1.800.265.7294 x5120. Email Andrea Pierce

Fees

The County of Wellington Directly Operated Child Care Centres have been enrolled in the Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care (CWELCC) System. The initial phase of the CWELCC system saw original base parent fees reduced by 25% in 2022. Phase two includes a further reduction of 52.75% of the original base parent fees in 2023, to a minimum of $12.00. The new daily rates reflect this update, as seen in the following tables.
Infant programme rates
Amount of carePre-CWELCC daily ratesCurrent daily rates

Full day, 5 days/week

$61.30

$28.95

Full day and less than; 5 days/week

$73.40

$34.70

½ day with lunch

$39.85

$18.85

½ day without lunch

$36.70

$17.35

Toddler programme rates
Amount of carePre-CWELCC daily ratesCurrent daily rates

Full day, 5 days/week

$49.55

$23.40

Full day and less than; 5 days/week

$54.25

$25.65

½ day with lunch

$33.75

$15.95

½ day without lunch

$29.05

$13.75

Preschool programme rates
Amount of carePre-CWELCC daily rates  Current daily rates

Full day, 5 days/week

$43.55

$20.55

Full day and less than; 5 days/week

$48.05

$22.70

½ day with lunch

$27.95

$13.20

½ day without lunch

$24.40

$12.00

Need help paying for child care? Learn about child care fee subsidy.

© 2023 County of Wellington, 74 Woolwich St. Guelph, Ontario N1H 3T9, T 519.837.2600, TF 1.800.663.0750, F 519.837.1909