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.

Follow the Rules

Licenced child care facilities must follow the rules outlined in the Community Care and Assisted Living Act, the Child Care Licensing Regulation and Standards of Practice.

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.

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


Legislative Amendment May 2018

The Community Care and Assisted Living Amendment Act, 2018 (Bill 5) amends the CCALA to require the posting of information online about community care facilities and assisted living residences, including persons operating illegally without a licence or registration.

Bill 5 - CCALA Amendment Act 2018

Bill 5 - Letter to Operators July 2018

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