Early learning and child care arrangements for children aged 0 to 5 years

Release date: April 10, 2019
Early learning and child care arrangements for children aged 0 to 5 years
Description: Early learning and child care arrangements for children aged 0 to 5 years

Early learning and child care arrangements for children aged 0 to 5 years

Proportion of children aged 0 to 5 years receiving formal or informal child care (provinces and territories, 2019)
Geography Proportion of children aged 0 to 5 years receiving child care
National average 60%
Yukon 59%
Northwest Territories 56%
Nunavut 37%
British Columbia 58%
Alberta 54%
Saskatchewan 53%
Manitoba 51%
Ontario 54%
Quebec 78%
New Brunswick 61%
Nova Scotia 61%
Prince Edward Island 66%
Newfoundland and Labrador 58%

More than half of all children aged 0 to 5 in a child care arrangement participated at a daycare centre, preschool or centre de petite enfance (CPE).

Proportion of children aged 0 to 5 years receiving child care by type of child care arrangement
Type of child care arrangement Percentage
Daycare centre, preschool or CPE 52%
Care by a relative 26%
Family child care home 20%
Before or after school program 9%
Top 5 reasons for choosing main child care arrangement
Reason Percentage
Location 61%
Characteristics of the individual providing care 53%
Hours of operation 41%
Affordable cost 40%
Program characteristics 35%

6 in 10 parents of children aged 0 to 5 years in child care did not have difficulty finding an arrangement.

The top challenges that parents of children aged 0 to 5 had in finding child care arrangements were:

  • finding child care in their community
  • finding affordable child care
  • finding care that fit their work or study schedule
  • finding the quality of care that they desire

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Source: Survey on Early Learning and Child Care Arrangements, 2019

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