Flexible Childcare Program for ACTRA Toronto Parents

At ACTRA Toronto, we understand that our members who are parents and guardians have unique challenges when trying to secure childcare — childcare that can be both unaffordable and difficult to access for last minute and short-term needs, like auditions.

So here’s some good news.

ACTRA Toronto’s Flexible Childcare Program means ACTRA members in good standing (Full, Apprentice, AABP), can reserve childcare from The Summerhill Club:

  • at the discounted rate of $20/hour (NOTE: Increases to $25/hour on September, 15, 2023)
  • for as short as 1 hour (as opposed to the standard 4 hour minimum)!
  • and with any rush fees waived when booking for service within 24hrs (that’s $30 waived!)

The Summerhill Club’s childcare workers can also meet with you where it’s most convenient, whether it be at your home, their home, an audition location or on set, to name a few examples.

All Summerhill Club childcare workers are CPR Level C certified (infant through adult), police checked, screened, trained and fully vaccinated.

Request Childcare Services

Click the button below to sign up for Childcare service on the Summerhill Club website. On the Request a Service form, please include your ACTRA Toronto Membership number, as it appears on your ACTRA Toronto Membership card (e.g. EX-12345, AM-12345 or 04-12345).

Important Note


As of Sept 15th, 2023, the ACTRA member rate will be $25/hr with a 4hr maximum booking per week or 16hr maximum booking per month. The increase reflects inflation and wage increases for sitters. Additional hours will be charged at the regular (unsubsidized) rate.  Note that ACTRA Toronto has increased the subsidy for members, reducing your hourly fee from $31/hr – a discount of $6 per hour!

To access the Flexible Childcare Program’s discounted rates, you must be an ACTRA Toronto member in good standing at the time of booking.

If your membership is not in good standing, you can still access childcare but at The Summerhill Club’s regular rates.

About Flexible Childcare Project

This project was developed by the Flexible Childcare subcommittee of the Toronto ACTRA Women’s Committee (TAWC). Members of the subcommittee include Dominique Brownes, Allie Dunbar, Freya Ravensbergen, Rebecca Singh, Marcia Johnson, Rebecca Applebaum, and Jocelyne Zucco.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact babysitting@summerhillclub.com.

About The Summerhill Club:

The Summerhill Club is a boutique babysitting agency founded by ACTRA Toronto member and fellow artist Allie Dunbar. The roster of sitters is comprised of many ACTRA members, teachers, entrepreneurs and other artists in Toronto, Vancouver, LA and NYC.