Are you interested in starting up a child care in Burnaby, are already a child care provider or looking for training opportunities? If so the following information is intended for you.
1st Step: Decide on the type of child care you would like to set up.
A community care facilities license is required for all programs and facilities providing care to three or more children who are not related to the operator by blood or marriage.

Types of licensed child care program

      • Group child care (30 months to school age)
      • Preschool (30 months to school age): Up to 4 hours of care per day to children who are at least 30 months old on entrance to the program and 36 months old by December 31 of the year of entrance.
      • Group child care (school age): Care before or after school or during periods of school closure to children who attend school, including kindergarten.
      • Multi-age child care: Care to 8 children of various ages.
      • Family child care: Care for up to 7 children in the licensee’s personal home and where the licensee personally provides the care.
      • In-home multi-age care: Care for up to 8 children in the licensee’s personal home and where the licensee personally provides the care.
      • Occasional care: No more than 40 hours in a month to children who are at least 18 months old.

Licensed-Not-Required (LNR) Child Care

What is LNR Child Care?

  • LNR child care is provided in the caregiver’s own home. The caregiver can care for up to two children or one sibling gropu (brothers and sisters) in addition to those related to them by blood or marriage.
  • LNF child care providers are encouraged – but not required – to register with their local Child Care Resource and Referral Program (CCRR).

How do I become a registered LNR provider?

  • Provincial requirements must be met before becoming a Registered LNR. For more information on these requirements please contact the YMCA CCRR and request an information session.

Burnaby and New Westminster residents please contact: 604-294-1109.

Anmore, Belcarra, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody residents please contact: 604-931-3400.


2nd Step: Some questions and answers to get you started

How do I know if I need a license to open a child care?

How do I start a Child Care Facility in BC?

What are the Provincial Requirements for Child Care Providers?

What are the Burnaby- specific requirements for home-based childcare?

What is quality, affordable, early care and learning and how can we have it?


Training and Resources for New or Existing Childcare Providers and Childcare Staff

As a licensed child care provider you can become a member of our Program and have access to many services and supports, such as:

– Professional development at reduced member rates

– Toy and resource lending

– Enhanced child care referrals

– Networking opportunities

– Laminating and photocopying services at reduced member rates

– Free subscription to the Child Care Professional newsletter

– Free subscription to The Parent Page newsletter

The Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia (ECEBC) has been advancing early childhood education and care since 1969. ECEBC is the collective voice to advance professional and personal commitment to the value of early care and learning by empowering the sector through education, collaboration and leadership.

The School Age Child Care Association of B.C. (SACCA) is a province wide, nonprofit organization open to both      professionals and students working or studying in the school age child care field. It arose out of the need for school age child care professionals to have a support and communications network of their own. From its original conception, it has grown into a province wide organization working with all aspects of school age child care. Through its newsletter, workshops and professional development projects, it serves the need for a growing child care community.

If you’re starting a family child care home or presently providing care, you may be interested in our Association for dedicated Child Care Providers and in learning more about quality family child care. As well as contributing to today’s society, you’ll find caring for children a rewarding experience. Child care services are desperately needed and demand is increasing with rising cost of living, women seeking careers and single parent situations.

Spirit of the Children Society (SOTCS) is an Aboriginal non-profit society serving families in the Burnaby, New Westminster, and the Tri-Cities area (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody). We work to empower and strengthen Aboriginal families by providing support and resources through the programs we offer.

The Association serves over 3000 children, youth and adults throughout BC with special needs and disabilities. Our purpose is to nurture the people and the families we work with so that they can grow in their abilities and thrive in the community. Our variety of services include assessment, therapy, social work, equipment lending, counselling, funding for vocational training, community living support and more.