Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre

Inspiring & Promoting Excellence in Child Care & Early Learning

Choosing Child Care

Choosing a quality child care setting can be challenging with long waiting lists, various types of child care and the unique requirements of your child and family to consider. It is important to start early and know that there are services available to assist you with your search.

WCCRC’s parent services can help you with:

Choosing a child care option is a significant decision for you and your child. We provide information and resources to assist you in your decision making process.

Looking for information on the Affordable Child Care Benefit? See the information below and contact us if you have any questions.

Our online child care search portal allows you to search Vancouver child care options by age, type of child care, location and more.

We are able to provide referrals to licensed and registered child care settings along with neighbourhood based child development and family support programs. Contact us for more information

Find out about typical child care costs for the various types of child care with our most recent fee surveys.

We offer community based child care information sessions by request, resources and more.

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Child Care Search

Search for Child Care in Vancouver

Helpful Tips For Choosing Child Care

It can be a challenge to find a child care arrangement you feel comfortable with. Here are some ideas that might help you make your choice.

Determine Your Needs

Before looking for child care, think about:

  • The hours and days you need care
  • Your child’s age and experience
  • How much you can pay
  • If you want child care in or near your home, work, or school

Look For These Qualities

A quality child are program has:

  • clean and safe space
  • warm and friendly caregivers
  • indoor and outdoor play
  • healthy food
  • many play and learning activities
  • a daily routine

Ask Questions

Here are some questions you can ask:

  • Is there a space for your child?
  • Is the program licensed?
  • Is the caregiver registered?
  • What is the caregiver’s experience and training in child care?
  • How much does it cost?

For more information on gathering information and tips for visiting a potential child care provider download  Choosing Child Care (PDF).

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Find Child Care

Use Our Online Search Tool

Looking for child care in Vancouver? Utilize WCCRC's online search tool and filter by location, neighbourhood, age, type of child care and more!

Child Care Search

Affordable Child Care Benefit

The Affordable Child Care Benefit replaces the current Child Care Subsidy (2018). The new funding will help families with the cost of child care, depending on factors like family size, type of care and household income.

Try out the online Affordable Child Care Benefit Estimator, apply online or learn more.

We can offer support with:

  • Finding child care
  • Applying for your BCEID (needed for online applications)
  • Filling in the online application
  • Photocopying/scanning supporting documents needed
  • Uploading documents

 

For support completing the Affordable Child Care Benefit application, book an appointment with one of our WCCRC Parent Service Advisors. Email parentservices@wstcoast.org or call 604-709-5661 OR 604-709-5699. 

Types Of Child Care

These are the various types of child care options available to parents and caregivers. These categories are provided by the Government of BC.

Child Care Centre 
(Licensed)


Full-Day Care (0 - 3yrs)
Full day program, typically 12 children in a group. One educator for every 4 children.

Full-Day Care (2.5 - School Age)
Full day program, typically 25 children in a group. One educator for every 8 children.

Pre-School (2.5 - School Age)
Part day program, 4hrs or less, often operating during the school year. 20 children in a group; one educator to every 10 children.

Before and / or After School (5 - 12yrs)
School age programs serve children who require care outside of school hours. One adult with minimum of 20 hours training per 10 children.

Multi-Age or Mixed Age Program (0 - 12yrs)
Serves smaller groups of children, typically 8 children in a group; one Educator for each group of 8 children.

Home Child Care
(At Child Care Provider's Home)


Licensed Family Child Care (0 - 12yrs)
Offered in the child care provider's own home; serves a maximum of 7 children from birth to age 12.

Registered License-Not-Required Family Child Care (0 - 12yrs)
Providers are registered with a Child Care Resource and Referral Program and have met a number of provincial standards. care for 2 children or a sibling group, not related to them by blood or marriage, at any one time.