Child Care Facilities

In the province of British Columbia there is legislation to protect children receiving care in licensed community care facilities. This legislation is the Community Care and Assisted Living Act and Child Care Licensing Regulation. Individuals providing care to more than two children, not related to them, are required to be licensed.

Care is defined as supervision that is provided to a child through a prescribed program.

This includes:

  • Group Child Care (under 36 months)
  • Group Child Care (30 months to school age)
  • Preschool (30 months to school age)
  • Group Child Care (School Age)
  • Family Child Care
  • Multi Age Child Care
  • In Home Multi Age Child Care
  • Occasional Child Care

Licensing Officers inspect, license and monitor over 1000 licensed child care facilities in Island Health.

Submitting Reportable Incidents Online

As of March1, 2016, our electronic incident report form is live and available for use by licensed Child Care facilities across the island to submit their reportable incidents to Licensing. 

If you submit your reportable incidents to Licensing electronically, please print out a copy for your own records and a copy to send to your funding body (if applicable).  When you hit submit, the electronic incident report form is sent to Licensing only.  If you have submitted an electronic incident report form, you do not have to send a hard copy of the form to Licensing.

Access the electronic Incident Reporting form.


Applying for a License

Please contact your local Licensing Officer for information on applying for a license.

Steps to Obtaining a Community Care License for Childcare (pdf)

Application Form (pdf)

Childcare Inspection Checklist (pdf)

 Information Sheets (pdf)

Supervision of Children

Use of Personal Insect Repellants

Use of Restraints in Child Care Facilities

Water Safety in Child Care Facilities

Children's Indoor and Outdoor Playspace Plan 

Emergency Policies and Procedures 

Field Trip Safety 

Suggested First Aid Supplies for Child Care Facilities

Guiding Children's Behavior 

Nutrition and Child Care Programs Family Child Care

Prevention Strategies 

Release of a Person in Care from a Child Care Facility  

Repayment Agreements 

Reportable and non Reportable Incidents 

Some Potentially Poisonous Items 

Use of Personal Insect Repellants

Safety Bulletin Water Safety 2013

What Should I Do if I Suspect a Child in My Care has Been Abused or Neglected?