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.

    ·        Inspection Reports

    ·        Filing a Complaint

    ·       Childcare Inspection Checklist

    ·        Contact your Local Licensing Office

    Incident Reporting

    As of May 2017, 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.

    How to use the e-Incident Form
    Electronic Incident Form FAQs


    Information Sheets (pdf)

    Children's Outdoor Playspace Plan

    Diapering Recommendations

    Emergency Policies and Procedures 

    Family Child Care

    Field Trip Safety

    Supervision of Children

    Use of Personal Insect Repellants

    Use of Restraints in Child Care Facilities

    Guiding Children's Behaviour 

    Nutrition and Child Care Programs Family Child Care

    Prevention Strategies 

    Repayment Agreements 

    Reportable and non Reportable Incidents 

    Safe Sleep Practices

    Safety Bulletin Water Safety 2013

    Safe Release of Children from a Child Care Facility

    Sanitizer Information

    Some Potentially Poisonous Items 

    Suggested First Aid Supplies for Child Care Facilities

    Use of Personal Insect Repellants

    Water Safety in Child Care Facilities

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