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Child care

Whether your need full-time or part-time child care for your child, most parents will need child care at some point. If you need child care, start your search early so that you can find a good fit. There are many options for child care. The first thing to do is consider what is important to you.

Two main area of concern are:

Finding Child Care – Determine what your needs are along with how and where they will be met best.

Adjusting – Be patient. This is a big change but there are things you can do to help your whole family get used to child care.

Considerations for child care:

  • Do you need child care full-time, part-time or only once in a while? If part-time, will the days and hours be the same each week, or will you need flexibility?

  • What hours do you need your child care to be available? (Don't forget to include your travel time if needed.)

  • How much can you afford to spend on child care each month?

  • What environment would be the best for your child? Do you want them to develop social skills in a group or do you want them to have individual attention?

If the cost of child care is too high, you may be eligible for the BC Child Care Subsidy.  If your child has special needs, you may also be eligible for the Special Needs Supplement. This ensures that extra resources are available to support your child.

Staying Healthy in Child Care

You can help prevent your child from getting sick, if they're in a group child care program. You can also check out Sneezes and Diseases, VCH's online resource for preventing and treating common illness in toddlers.

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