Finding child care

There are two kinds of childcare. You can hire a nanny or babysitter to look only after your baby (and any siblings), or you can find a group child care setting. If you’re lucky, you will be able to find a trusted family member or friend who can watch your child (sometimes grandparents are wonderful for this, if they’re available.)

If you go with a group child care setting, finding a space that’s the right fit for your family can be difficult. Luckily, there are many resources online to help you. The Child Care Resource & Referral program, for example, has offices and outreach services in many areas of the Vancouver Coastal Health region.

Group child care providers who look after three or more children that they are not related to need to have a licence to operate. Knowing that licenced child care centres undergo regular inspections, and that the reports can be viewed online, can help give parents peace of mind.