Government of New Brunswick


This department is responsible for the approval and monitoring of early learning and childcare facilities in the province. The Minister of this department is provided with the authority to represent the public interest for the safety and healthy development of young children, up to age 12, who are in non-parental early learning and child care arrangements. The department approves, renews, monitors and investigates day care facilities, as defined under the Day Care Regulation 83-85.


The Day Care Regulation sets out the approval and renewal requirements for early learning and childcare centres and community day care homes. Maximum centre size is 60 spaces. Community day care homes must not exceed 6 children of a combination of ages or where solely school age children are cared for no more than 9 children. Both facility types include the children of the operator up to age 12.


Detailed information packages outlining the approval requirements are available from one of the department’s regional offices. Prior to operating and annually thereafter, individuals who intend to provide child day care services must submit an application to the department. All approved facilities are inspected annually. Depending on the facility’s compliance history, monitoring frequency may range from a minimum of 1 to 3 additional visits per year. The associated functions are delegated to regional Early Childhood Services Coordinators located in the department’s 7 districts.

Changes To Fees

This document provides the rationale supporting changes to fees, associated revenue information, and the legal authority:


Unless otherwise specified, Fees exclude the harmonized sales tax (HST).

Fee DescriptionRate in $Effective Date
Day Care Facility with 
  Approval Fee for Day Care Facilities - 6 - 25 spaces100.002014-04-01
  Renewal Fee for Day Care Facilities - 6 - 25 spaces75.002014-04-01
  Approval Fee for Day Care Facilities - 26 - 60 spaces200.002014-04-01
  Renewal Fee for Day Care Facilities - 26 - 60 spaces112.502014-04-01
  Renewal Fee for Day Care Facilities - 60 children and more 150.002014-04-01