Child Care Subsidy: Blended Unit Type

What is the Blended Unit Type?

The blended unit type is used for school-aged children when care is needed part-time on school days and full-time on school holidays. There are two blended unit types traditional and extended.

Blended Traditional

Blended traditional is approved when the child attends a school with a traditional nine-month school calendar. In order to approve the blended traditional unit type, the following conditions must exist:

  • Child must be 4 years of age and older;
  • Care is needed Monday through Friday only, part time when school is in session, and full-time on school holidays; and
  • The child care facility must be open on all school holidays (except for summer break).

**Children who attend school in a district with a 4 day school week may be approved for the blended traditional rate**

Blended Extended

Blended extended is approved when the child attends a school with a year round or continuous learning calendar. In order to approve the blended extended unit type, the following conditions must exist:

  • Child must be 4 years of age or older;
  • Care is needed Monday through Friday only, part-time when school is in session, and full-time on school holidays; and
  • The facility is open on all school holidays and breaks

The blended unit type should not be used when:

  • the child care facility is closed on school holidays;
  • the child requires full-time days in addition to school holidays;
  • the child does not need child care on school holidays;
  • the child only needs part-time care;
  • the child uses more than one child care provider
  • the child uses an in-home child care provider; or
  • the child receives subsidy on two separate cases due to a joint custody arrangement.

**Children who attend school in a district with a 4 day school week may be approved for the blended extended rate**

Blended Unit Type: The Interview

During the interview, the worker should ask the client the following questions:

Is the child care facility open on school holidays?

Does your child require more full-time days in addition to school holidays?

Do you use more than one child care provider for the same child?

Do you use a different facility for school holidays?

Are you using an in-home provider or does your child require special needs care?

Does your child receive child care benefits on two separate cases due to a joint custody arrangement?

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