Become A Child Care Provider

High quality child care is extremely important in the lives of children and families. It helps children to develop skills they will need for the rest of their lives; it supports families in their child-rearing role by providing a warm and nurturing environment for their children as well as knowledgeable and empathetic adults who are their willing partners in this enterprise; and it plays an important role in the community’s ability to support the business of living their lives. (Partners in Quality Communities CCCF, 1999).

The first step in becoming a child care provider is determining what type of care you would like to provide.

License-Not-Required Child Care

A child care provider can look after a maximum of two children in addition to those related to them by blood or marriage without a community care facilities license. This is referred to as license-not-required care or LNR. You can also become a registered license-not-required child care provider or RLNR. You can operate as an RLNR in Delta, Surrey and White Rock by registering with Child Care Options.

Learn More about the registration process and the benefits of becoming a RLNR.

Licensed Child Care

In BC anyone providing care for 3 or more children not related to the operator by blood or marriage requires a community care facilities license. Licensed care can take place in an operator’s home (licensed family child care) as well as in a community or commercial setting (licensed group child care). To find out more information regarding licensed child care please contact your local Community Care Facilities licensing office.

See a list of the categories of licensed child care


Child Care Options Offers a Variety of Services to Support Child Care Providers

  • Training opportunities and workshops
  • Your child care listed on our parent referral data base.
  • Assistance with child care subsidy applications
  • Fax machine access
  • Supportive home visits for family child care providers
  • Networking opportunities with other child care providers
  • Access to our Early Childhood Resource Library
  • Early Years Learning Store
  • Family child care provider drop-ins (See our Events page for more information)
  • Project Nights with access to die cut machine, book binder and laminator (See our Events page for more information)

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