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Child Care Map

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

Child care providers are responsible for updating their vacancies and other information each month. 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.

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Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative

The new child care fee reduction initiative helps reduce the cost of licensed child care for infants and toddlers and for children aged 3 years to Kindergarten. 

Fee reduction amounts are prescribed by the Ministry of Children and Family Development and are based on type of care and full-time enrolment status (part-time enrolments will receive a pro-rated amount).Participating child care providers will reduce their parent fees by up to:

  • $350/month – Group infant/toddler (under 36 months) care
  • $200/month – Family infant/toddler (under 36 months) care
  • $100/month – Group child care for 3 years to Kindergarten
  • $60/month – Family child care for 3 years to Kindergarten

Providers who have been approved for the child care fee reduction initiative are required to inform families with children in their care that their facility has been approved. Parents who are unsure about their provider's opt-in status are encouraged to look up their provider's opt-in status.

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Free Referrals

Get a list of child care facilities in your area based on your specific needs:

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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:

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Types of 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.

How to Choose Quality Child Care in B.C.

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: