Short Term Child Care

Who We Are

Peace of mind for working parents is what this bilingual program initiated in 1987 is all about. We provide reliable, accessible back up care for children 3 months to 12 years when the child is mildly ill, when regular child care arrangements are interrupted, or when other family emergencies arise. Employers/organizations/unions pay an annual access fee that entitles their employees/members access to the Short Term Child Care Program. Parents who use the services are charged a reasonable user fee, which may be subsidized partially or fully by their employer/union.

Short Term Child Care also provides respite child care programs at Women’s Shelters.

Additionally we provide reliable, convenient short term child care for special events to assist parents and event coordinators.

Furthermore, Short Term Child Care provides supports, in both English and French, to licensed child care services that are in need of supply educators and also to potential candidates interested in supplying in child care centres and nursery schools in Ottawa.

The Supply Teachers’ List is an initiative which started as a service offered to child care centres of Andrew Fleck Children’s Services. To support these child care centres and the allocated ratio of children per teacher at all times, a supply teachers’ list has been developed and available to them since September 2011. In Fall 2014, based on a shortage of supply teachers, for the first time, modules for Supply Teachers have been developed and have been offered to prepare interested non ECE individuals to replace child care teachers in licensed child care centres in Ottawa.


What We Do

Short Term Child Care (STCC) offers quality options to best meet your temporary child care needs:

  • a STCC caregiver caring for your child/children in your home, workplace or other suitable location (For information on STCC caregivers, visitBenefits for Parents or Benefits for Employers).
  • on-site child care for special events where child care workers offer care to children while parents are attending an event

We offer flexible child care arrangements to meet the varied working schedules of working parents – days, evenings, overnight and weekends. We offer working parents with an alternative to missing days or even weeks of work due to a lack of temporary child care.

In addition to supporting working parents, trained caregivers also provide weekly early learning and child care sessions at six Women’s Shelters in the City of Ottawa.

We also have a solution to supply educator recruitment, training and deployment for licensed child care programs (click here to learn more)


Our Team

The Short Term Child Care (STCC) team is made up of Placement Coordinators, a Planner & Information Counsellor, a Team Leader and a Manager. Our team’s principal role is to deliver a high quality supply educator program through the implementation of eSchool Solutions, ongoing training to the child care community and the recruitment of a dedicated database of supply educators.


Hours & Contact Information

Hours of Operation

To respond to your request, the office is open:

Monday to Friday: 6 am to 4:30 pm
Monday to Thursday: 7 pm to 9 pm
Sunday: 7 pm to 9 pm
(Voicemail Access: 24 hours, 7 days per week)
Care in the home is available 24 hours and 365 days of the year.

How To Contact us

Our office is located at
700 Industrial Ave., Suite 600
Ottawa, Ontario
K1G 0Y9

Tel. 613-739-0130
Fax 613-736-8378

E-mail: stcc@afchildrensservices.ca