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Child Care

Children Aged Five Years and Younger: Day Care and Pre-School Children 

Children who will be attending pre-school or kindergarten do NOT require a Study Permit. There are several child care options for children five years old and younger:

If you require day care, make sure to budget for this additional cost. The average daily cost for child care can range from $28 - $50 per day per child depending on the day care centre and the age of your child. Call to register your child on a day care waiting list as soon as possible.

The following are a few options for child care near Western:

UCC Flexible Child Care at Western:This on-campus facility operated by the London YMCA offers day care for toddlers and pre-schoolers from 18 months to 5 years of age. Priority is given to parents who are undergraduate and part-time or full-time students. They offer flexible hours but have a limited number of full-day spaces. Undergraduate students have a special rate under new USC regulations.

Please visit USC Flexible Child Care for more information.

University YMCA Child Care Centre: This facility is located near Western and provides services for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers. Priority is given to parents who are faculty members at Western. There is usually a waiting list with a waiting period of several months to a year. Call or visit the centre to be added to the waiting list.

Please visit Univeristy YMCA Child Care Centre for more information.

University Laboratory Preschool: The Department of Psychology operates the University Laboratory Preschool. The facility is located in Westminster Hall and is used for research and training in the fields of Child Psychology and Early Childhood Education. There are half-day programs for children aged 1–5 years from September to June.

Please visit University Laboratory Preschool for more information.

There are many other day care facilities in London. To find out more:

Visit our Resources for Parents page for more information about child care and family recreation in London.


Before and After School Child Care for School-Aged Children

If you need your school-aged children to be cared for before or after school hours to facilitate your class or work schedule, over 60 elementary schools in London offer supervised care before and after school for children aged 5-12 for an average monthly cost of $100-$200 per month. They offer snacks, arts and crafts and recreation for children.

Note: If you need Before and After School Care for your child, call to add your child to the waiting list as soon as possible. 

For more information about child care in London, please visit: