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The years between birth and age six are a critical time in a child’s life. The nurturing that occurs in early childhood influences health, well-being and learning skills for a lifetime. By investing in the early years we are investing in the future health and well-being of British Columbians for decades to come.

What are my child care options?

License-Not-Required (LNR) Family Child Care (birth up to and including age 12)
2 children or a sibling group, other than the care provider’s own. Care provider has no futher training.

Registered License-Not-Required Family Child Care (birth up to and including age 12)
2 children or a sibling group, other than the care provider’s own Registered with the Child Care Resource & Referral Program

Licensed Family Child Care (LFCC) (birth up to and including age 12)
7 children including the care provider’s own under the age of 12. No more than 5 children under the age of 5; 3 children under the age of 3, including 1 child the age of 1.

Group Child Care (under 3 years of age)
Not more than 12 in a group

Group Child Care (over 3 years of age)
Not more than 25 in a group

Preschool (30 months to Kindergarten)
Not more than 20 in a group

School Age Child Care (kindergarten up to and including age 12)
Not more than 20 to 25 children in a group

In Child’s Own Home
Children in the family

Nanny
Are “employed by the family on either a live-in or live-out basis to undertake all tasks related to the care of children. Duties are generally restricted to childcare and the domestic tasks related to childcare. May or may not have had any formal training, though often has a good deal of actual experience. Nanny’s work week ranges from 40 to 60 hours per week.

Average Child Care per month can average between $650 – $900 per month depending on the facility, location and experience and skills of the staff.

For more information on child care options available to your family. Please refer to the Child Care Resource and Referal Services.

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