Casual Child Care

Other Child Care (H&R MFRC)


Other Child Care (H&R MFRC)

The Casual Care program provides affordable, quality child care for children ages 3 months to 12 years. Casual Care is available at both our Halifax and Shearwater sites. This care allows parents to attend meetings, appointments, or to take time for themselves, especially during a deployment or other work related separation. Casual care is also often available so that parents can attend a program, deployment activity, workshop, training or other special events at the H&R MFRC.

Casual Care is available to all military families and is offered Monday through Friday and select Saturdays. Children must be pre-registered to attend, including completing and submitting the Casual Care Form. 


  • Monday: 8:30am – 1pm
  • Tuesday: 8:30am – 1pm
  • Wednesday: 8:30am – 1pm
  • Thursday: 1 – 4pm
  • Friday: 1 – 4pm

Shearwater Casual Care registration can only be done through the Casual Care classroom: 902-720-1038.

* Please note: Thursday and Friday Mornings will be open for emergency and special appointments only.


  • Monday: 9am – 12pm and 1 – 4pm
  • Tuesday: 9am – 12pm and 1 – 4pm
  • Wednesday: 9am – 12pm and 1 – 4pm
  • Thursday: 9am – 12pm and 1 – 4pm
  • Friday: 1 – 4pm 

Halifax Casual Care registration can only be done through the Casual Care classroom: 902-722-4663. 

* Please note: Friday Mornings will be open for emergency and special appointments only.


To maximize service delivery, our Saturday Casual Care program is under review. For this reason, Saturday, July 14th, will be the last day Saturday Casual Care will run. Weekday Casual Care continues to be available for families to access. Families experiencing a deployment will have an option for respite child care on Saturdays. For more information on Deployment Respite Child Care, please read below.


Are you a military family experiencing a deployment? Deployed families may choose to access quality child care in a positive environment on Saturdays from 11am–3pm, at alternating sites (Halifax and Shearwater). Respite child care is a preventative option offered by the H&R MFRC to support a family’s social and mental well-being. Respite child care needs are assessed on a case-by-case basis. To access this service, families are to connect with a member of the Mental Health & Well-Being Team by calling 902-427-7788.
*The Deployment Respite Child Care program operates as an “unlicensed” child care program in accordance with provincial regulations.
The registration deadline is the Tuesday prior, by 4pm.


If you are in need of care but your situation doesn’t fit any of the care listed above, special arrangements may be considered, on a case by case basis. Special arrangements may include finances, care outside of regular casual care hours or accommodating a child who may require additional supports. For special arrangements, please contact the Casual Care Coordinator: 902-720-1040 (Shearwater) / 902-427-7796 (Halifax).

Emergency Care

The H&R MFRC, through the Military Family Services Program (MFSP) Emergency Child Care (ECC) Policy supports families by facilitating short-term emergency child care requirements. There is an established national criteria to determine eligibility. Families are encouraged to develop a comprehensive child care plan and in the event this plan fails, families are eligible to access MFS Emergency Child Care. This care is available 24/7 however, it may take several hours to put into place. In discussion with the family, application of resources will be decided on a case by case basis. For more information, please call: 902-427-7788 or 1-888-753-8827.


We recognize that sometimes families need a break, especially during a deployment. If a situation is not considered an emergency but child care would be considered beneficial to a family’s well-being, a period of respite child care may be available to a family. This service is a local enhancement to the MFSP Emergency Child Care Policy.

Our Family Well-Being Counsellors work with families to address their specific needs. Please note that certain elgibility criteria apply. To make a request for respite child care, pleae call: 902-427-7788 and ask to speak with the Family Well-Being Counsellor.