Child Care Facility Inspections

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Our Licensing Officers conduct regular inspections of child care facilities to ensure their compliance with the requirements of the Community Care and Assisted Living Act and the Child Care Licensing Regulations.

How to access

For inspections in Vancouver, Richmond, North Shore, Sunshine Coast, and Sea to Sky, visit the Inspection Reports website below.

VCH inspections website

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What do licensing officers look for during inspections?

    During inspections, licensing officers look for items typically divided into ten broad categories:

    1. Physical facility, equipment and furnishings
    2. Staffing
    3. Policies and procedures
    4. Care and/or supervision
    5. Nutrition and food services
    6. Medication
    7. Hygiene and communicable disease control
    8. Records and reporting
    9. Licensing administration
    10. Program

    All contraventions identified during inspections are followed up by a VCH licensing officer to ensure ongoing compliance with the act and regulations.

Complaint investigations

In addition to regular inspections, Licensing Officers are responsible for investigating complaints about licensed child care facilities. 

Child care complaint investigation summary report

Operating without a Licence - Child Care Facilities

Unlicensed child care providers may care for only two children or a sibling group, not related to them.  If someone cares for more than the allowed number of children outlined in the Community Care and Assisted Living Act, without a community care facility licence, they may be operating in contravention. A list of all child care premises found to be operating without a licence in Vancouver, Richmond, North Shore, Sunshine Coast, and Sea to Sky regions can be accessed using the link below.

Child care facilities found to be operating without a licence