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Types of Child Care

These are the types of child care in BC

Type of Care

License-Not-Required (LNR) Family Child Care

Registered License-Not-Required (RLNR) Family Child Care

Maximum Number of
Children in Care

2 children or a sibling group, other than the care provider's own children (birth up to and including age 12)

2 children or a sibling group, other than the care provider's own children. Registered with the Child Care Resource & Referral Program (birth up to and including age 12)

Licensed Family Child Care (LFCC)

7 children including the care provider's own children under the age of 12. No more than: 3 children younger than 48 months old and , of those 3, no more than one child younger than 12 months old or 4 children younger than 48 months old and, of those 4, no more than 2 children younger than 24 months old.

Licensed Group Child Care

Not more than 12 in a group (children under 3 years of age)

Licensed Group Child Care

Not more than 25 in a group (children 30 months to school age)

School Age Child Care

Preschool

Multi-Age Child Care

In-Home Multi-Age Child Care

Not more than 24 to 30 children in a group (kindergaten up to and including age 12)

Not more that 20 children in a group (30 months to school age) care for not more than 4 hours per day

Provision of care to children of various ages in a group setting child care setting

Provision of care in licensed family setting to children of various ages to a maximum of 8 children

In Child's Own Home

Care in the child's own home. Children in the family


The provision of care to three or more children who are not related to the care provider and are not a sibling group requires a Community Care Facilities Licence (see Community Care Facilities Licensing.

If a person or facility providing child care is not in compliance with these Child Care Regulations, they are operating illegally. The Community Care Facilities Branch,Ministry of Healthly Living and Sport, is responsible for the development and implementation of legislation, policy and guidelines to protect the health and safety of persons being cared for in licensed facilities.

To contact the local child care licensing office in your area, please call Enquiry BC at 1-800-663-7867.


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