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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 the Vancouver Island Health Authority.

Applying for a License

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

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

Licensing of Child Care Facilities (PDF)

Criminal Record Checks (PDF)

Completing CRC Forms

Criminal Record Check Webpage

Building Information Form (PDF)

Application Form (PDF)

Change of Manager - Child Care Facility

Childcare Inspection Checklist

Please Note the Contact Info on the following Information sheets has changed to:

South Island Address
201-771 Vernon Avenue
Victoria, B.C.
V8X 5A7
Telephone  250.519.3401
Fax  250.519.3402
Central Island Address
29 - 1925 Bowen Road 
Nanaimo, B.C.
V9S 1H1
Telephone 250.739.5800
Fax  250.740.2675
North Island Addresses
200 -1100 Island Highway
Campbell River, B.C.
V9W 8C6
Telephone  250.850.2110 
Fax  250.850.2455

355-11th Street
Courtenay, B.C.
V9N 1S4
Telephone 250.331.8620
Fax 250.331.8596

Filing a Complaint (PDF)

Freedom of Information and Privacy Act (PDF)

Health and Safety Plans (PDF)

Investigation Process (PDF)

What is an Exemption? (PDF)

Children's Indoor and Outdoor Playspace Plan (PDF)

Emergency Policies and Procedures (PDF)

Field Trip Safety (PDF)

Suggested First Aid Supplies for Child Care Facilities(PDF)

Guiding Children's Behavior (PDF)

Nutrition and Child Care Programs Family Child Care

Prevention Strategies (PDF)

Release of a Person in Care from a Child Care Facility  (PDF)

Repayment Agreements (PDF)

Reportable and non Reportable Incidents (PDF)

Some Potentially Poisonous Items (PDF)

Use of Personal Insect Repellants(PDF)

Water Safety in Child Care Facilities (PDF)

What Should I Do if I Suspect a Child in My Care has Been Abused or Neglected? - Info Sheet (PDF)