1. Knowledge is Power
Check out the helpful resources here. You’ll find information on why quality care is important, how to spot quality care environments and questions to ask potential care providers. You’ll also find a handy guide on the types of care available, what you can expect in terms of fees and information on subsidy.
Also, we can help you find information about child care subsidy or allowance available to help low income families in B.C. with the cost of child care: Child Care Subsidy – Q’s & A’s.
2. Self-Serve Online Database
Complete the form here to access a list of child care providers in your area that have a valid license through Interior Health or are registered through the Child Care Resource and Referral program. (Child Care Referral Tool – Connected to Child Care Pro Software)
3. Begin your Research
Armed with your list of potential providers and questions, make some calls and narrow down your list to those providers that you’d like to learn more about and visit in person. It is well within your right to interview and visit as many providers as you wish and on more than one occasion to ensure all of your questions have been answered and you’re feeling comfortable with your choice.
Here’s a great resource, Parent’s Guide to Selecting Child Care: http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/library/publications/year/2003/com014.pdf