Rules for Operating a Licensed Day Care

Child day care may be licensed or unlicensed. Unlicensed child day care may provide care for only 1 or 2 children. If care is provided to 3 or more children a licence is required.

Licensed child day care programs include:

  • group child care
    • 30 months to 5 years
    • under 36 months;
    • school age;
    • preschool;
  • family child care;
  • multi-age child care;
  • in-home multi-age child care;
  • occasional child care; and
  • child-minding.

Regional Health Authority Community Care Facility Licensing Programs issue child care facility licences and are responsible for monitoring and inspecting the facility after it is licensed. They also investigate all complaints about a facility's care, supervision and safety.

Legislation & Standards of Practice

Licensed child day care programs must follow the Child Care Licensing Regulation and Standards of Practice which provide detailed requirements for staff qualifications and ratios, play space safety, programming, record keeping, behavioural guidance, and health and hygiene rules.

July 2016

Regulation changes have been made to address minor housekeeping issues, to align with strategic priorities of Government, to keep current with issues in the care field, and to reduce regulatory burden, so long as health and safety of persons in care are not negatively impacted.

OIC No. 526