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;
- family child care;
- multi-age child care;
- in-home multi-age child care;
- occasional child care; and
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.
Follow the Rules
Licensing officers from the local health authority monitor each child care facility to make sure the needs of the children in care and requirements are being met. This will include ongoing discussions, inspections and response to complains (if necessary).
Work closely with your licensing officer to make sure you understand what is expected. They're available to discuss issues, make site visits and provide education.
Get more info by reviewing these resources:
- A Guide to Community Care Facility Licensing (931 KB PDF)
- Obtaining a Licence (PDF)
- Role of the Licensing Officer (PDF)
- Role of the Licensee (PDF)
- Licensing Exemptions (PDF)
- Care Plan (PDF)
- Moving to a New Location (PDF)
- Responsible Adult (PDF)
- Outcome-Based Standards (PDF)
- Furnishings and Equipment Guidelines for Licensed Child Care Facilities (PDF)
- Fire and Life Safety for Licensed Home Based Child Care Settings in B.C. (PDF)
- Guiding Children's Behaviour (PDF)
- Preventing Illness in Child Care Settings (PDF)
- Preventing Injury in Child Care Settings (PDF)
- Quick Guide to Common Childhood Diseases (PDF)
Unlicensed (or licence-not-required) child care providers may care for only 2 children or a sibling group, not related to them, at any one time. Learn more about licenced and unlicenced child care