Finding Child Care

 

Finding care for your child is one of the most important decisions you'll make as a parent. The process can be daunting and labour intensive but rest assured all the time you spend finding that right fit is worth it. When children and parents are happy with their child care arrangements they are less likely to feel stress in other parts of their lives. Children can build strong relationships with their care providers and develop and grow in a safe and loving environment with their peers while parents can relax knowing their child is well cared for and thriving in an educational environment.


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

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Top 5 Questions to Ask your Prospective Child Care Provider

1. Are you licensed?
If you are licensed, is your program currently under investigation by the local health authority?
If you are not licensed, are you registered with the local Child Care Resource and Referral program?
2. How many children do you care for and what are their ages?
3. What are your hours of operation? What days are you closed?
4. What do you do with the children over a typical day/week?
5. What are your fees? Who supplies diapers/blankets/meals/snacks?