Caring for Young Children

Explore topics about how to help young children have a healthy start in life. Parents, guardians and child care providers will find helpful information on finding or providing quality child care, as well as how to support healthy child development.

Child Care

Child care services in BC are licensed, registered licence not required or licence not required. Child care programs must be licensed if they provide care for three or more children, not related to them, at any one time.

Running a Daycare or Preschool

In B.C., child care providers must have a licence if they look after more than two children or a sibling group, not related to them. 

How Parents Can Support Their Young Children

During the first few years of life, every child experiences rapid growth and change. This process is important for a child's physical, social, emotional and mental development.