Finding child care

Types of Child Care

There are two kinds of childcare.

  • Individual providers: You can hire a nanny or babysitter to look only after your baby (and siblings), or
  • Group providers: You can find a group child care setting. Group providers looking after three or more children that they are not related to need a licence to operate. Licensed child care centres undergo regular inspections, and that the reports can be viewed online.

If you’re lucky, you may also have a trusted family member or friend who can watch your child. (Sometimes grandparents are wonderful for this, if they’re available.)

Resources for Finding Child Care

If you go with a group child care setting, finding the right fit for your family can be difficult. Use this resource to search for child care in BC. Another resource is the Child Care Resource & Referral program. This program which has services in many areas of the Vancouver Coastal Health region.