Child Care Fees

Registration Fees: A registration fee of $35.00 per family due once placement is confirmed and is non-refundable.

Fee Schedule: The following fees are effective as of September 8, 2020. There is a 10% discount for the oldest child when two children from the same family are enrolled.

TODDLER (19-30 months) 
Daily Rate (Minimum 2 days/week) = $51.50/day
Weekly Rate (5 full days) = $242.50/week
Half-Time = $41/day

Pre-Schooler (30-60 months) 
Daily Rate (Minimum 2 days/week) = $45.50/day
Weekly Rate (5 full days) = $214.50/week
Half-Time = $34.50/day

All diapers, wipes and sunscreen are provided by the Centre. Lunch and snacks are included in the fees.

Fee Subsidy: St. Thomas' Day Care has a Purchase of Service agreement with Niagara Region Children's Services for child care subsidy. Parents who qualify for either full or partial subsidy are required to adhere to the policies associated with fee subsidy as determined by the Region. Partial monthly fees are payable directly to St. Thomas' Day Care. Absent days not covered by the Region will be billed to families directly.

Payment: All fees must be paid in advance by the 15th of each month. We have an EFT program for those parents interested. Electronic funds transfer (EFT) happens on the 1st and 15th of each month. Fees can also be paid by e-transfer. CRAFTS is our interactive billing system. Parents have access to their account to review billing and access receipts, including annual receipts at any time. An invitation will be sent by email for you to set up your account on your end.

There will be a $20.00 charge for NSF or returned cheques.

Overdue fees: Late fee payment for two consecutive weeks, will result in your child's space being forfeited.

Statutory Holidays: Payment for Statutory holidays is required, as we must pay our staff for these days off. We observe the following Statutory Holidays: New Year's Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Civic Holiday, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day. Part-time children scheduled on a Statutory Holiday are required to pay for that day. Make-up days are granted based on availability on a first-come-first-served basis. Make-up Days cannot be transferred from one calendar year to the next.

Vacation: Parents are requested to inform the Director (in advance where possible), about up-coming vacation to assist with staffing hours and programme planning. You will be entitled to up to 5 vacation days (no fee) from January 1st to June 30th and up to another 5 days from July 1st to December 31st of each calendar year. The number of days that your child is registered for each week will determine the number of vacation days that you have for each 6 month period. Vacation days cannot be used for statutory holidays, but can be used if your child has missed a regularly scheduled day. It is your responsibility to request a vacation day.

Sick/Absent Days: If your child will not be attending a regularly scheduled day, please call us or email the Day Care Office at Please do not use HiMama for reporting absences.

Full fees are required for sick and absent days, unless you wish to use a vacation day. It is the responsibility of the parent to request vacation days. If a child has been off for more than 10 days due to illness, a doctor's certificate is required before returning. For part time children: make up days can be requested for missed day, but are not guaranteed. Make-up days will not be granted for unreported absences.

Emergency Closure and/or Snow Days: If the Centre is closed due to heavy snowfall, or other emergency situation, full fees will be required for the day or days the Centre is closed. A message will be sent through HiMama if the Centre has to close for any reason. In addition, please listen to your local radio and TV stations for closure announcements. Fees will not be required for planned closures with the exception of Statutory Holidays that may fall within the annual Christmas closure. The Centre closes the Thursday and Friday before the Labour Day weekend and every Christmas Eve at 1pm through to the first business day after January 1st. (usually 3 unbilled days)

Late Pickup: One full day for a child at the Centre is nine hours. Those who require their child to remain for a longer period will pay a surcharge at the Director's discretion. Extended hours should be considered exceptional, as a child's best interests are not served by a prolonged absence of the parent.

There will be a $15.00 charge imposed for every 15 minutes (or portion thereof) for picking up a child after 6:00p.m.
This fee will be increased to $20.00 for every 15 minutes at the discretion of the Executive Director for chronically late parents.