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.

What to expect

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

Unlicensed child care facilities

An unlicensed child care facility is one in which unlicensed care is being provided to 3 or more children not related by blood or marriage to the operator of the facility. A list of all unlicensed child care facilities found to be operating in Vancouver, Richmond, North Shore, Sunshine Coast, and Sea to Sky regions can be accessed using the link below.

Unlicensed child care facilities