Search for Child Care in B.C.

There are two types of child care in B.C.: licensed and licence not required.

Licensed child care programs provide care for three or more children. They must meet specific requirements for health and safety, staffing qualifications, space and equipment, staff to child ratio, and program standards. Licensed child care programs are monitored and inspected by regional health authority Community Care Facility Licensing programs.

Unlicensed (licence-not-required) child care providers may care for only two children or a sibling group, not related to them, at any one time.  If they care for more than the allowed number of children outlined in the Community Care and Assisted Living Act, they may be operating illegally.

Use these resources to make a list of child care providers that you would like to consider and find other helpful information for a smooth transition into childcare: How to Choose Quality Child Care in BC

Child Care Map

The Child Care Map contains licensed child care providers that receive Child Care Operating Funding

Child care providers are responsible for updating their vacancies and other information. Providers who are funded by the Child Care Operating Funding program can log into the Child Care Web Application at any time to update their information. If you have questions about the Map, please call the Child Care Operating Funding Program at 1-888-338-6622 (toll free) or in Victoria at 250 356-6501.

Free Referrals

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Early Childhood Development

Help your child with the first few years of rapid development by connecting them with great learning opportunities in your community: