In British Columbia (B.C.), we have a child care ministry under The B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development. Our company, Rainforest Learning Centre is a private, licensed daycare (and sometimes preschool) in North Vancouver, Coquitlam and Langley.
Our services are paid-for by child caregivers. However, parents and child caregivers can get help for paying for child care from the government, if they qualify, using government resources for early childhood care.
But not only that, there are plenty of other resources provided by B.C.’s government and child care ministry that enhance the benefit of kids who attend our daycare.
We thought we’d share some of them with you here, as a useful resource if you’re curious what a child care ministry can do for you:
Understanding what it takes to run a daycare centre in B.C.
One thing parents should know when looking into government resources for childcare is their options. When you hire a daycare centre like ours, it’s important to understand that we are licensed, and thus regulated by laws. These laws ensure safety of your child, for instance. You would not want 10 infants being cared for by one person – clearly that’s not enough manpower.
The above is just one example of how licensed daycares must abide by rules to operate in British Columbia. But there are more. We must have criminal record checks, and we must hire qualified staff to do the job of caring for children. We need to have first-aid training in case anything goes wrong with your child that is in our power to help with.
This type of service is different than hiring a nanny or babysitter. Even then, privately-arranged nanny care has its limits in British Columbia. As a parent, it’s important to understand these limits, to ensure you are abiding by applicable laws.
You may be eligible for more government assistance if you opt for a licensed daycare, as opposed to a caregiver not requiring a license. Also, when you hire a nanny, you may be considered an employer, which has tax implications.
See these pages for more info:
Child care funding and subsidies in BC
For more information on the types of funding and subsidies you can receive for child care in B.C., visit the following pages
Special Needs (includes options for services, as well as funding)
*Please note that while we are linking to some of the funding possibilities for child care in BC, this list is not meant to be a complete or comprehensive resource. We recommend visiting government centres, their websites, or calling representatives who can help you in determining your eligibility for programs at both the provincial and national levels.
Early childcare resources for single parents
The B.C. government currently has a program to support single parents who want to re-enter the workforce. Part of this may include eligibility for child care funding while you train for a job, or otherwise.
For more information, see this page:
Also note a recent article published in the CBC explaining that if you receive child support, you may have an easier time accessing funding for child care. See the article linked to below:
Parent and child early learning drop-in programs
We love when parents are involved in their child’s education. If you are able, you may want to join in with a StrongStartBC session. Sometimes, it’s hard to know how to play with kids, or what might help them learn through play. While they are at daycare, they are usually not with their parents (but still having fun!). So how do you fill the gap of playtime needs when they’re with you?
Meeting parents, learning about what’s out there, and some good skills for learning through play can be had at a StrongStartBC session. We encourage you to check it out!
Mental health care for early childhood development
The government also supports a program called Confident Parents: Thriving Kids. It’s aim is to provide free services to parents of children who may have behavioural problems.
You can learn more about it here:
Knowing what the BC Government is doing for early childhood development
Early childhood development has begun to rise in priorities for family and childcare ministries of government in B.C. Notably, the government has started The Early Years strategy, which included opening several centres that can provide information to parents on community resources for young children.
Complete with videos, newsletters, maps to find the Early Years Centres, and evidence, the pages below can help you, as a parent, keep up to date with this initiative. As a parent, you’ll want to know what resources are available to early childhood caregivers, as well as understand what’s in store for your child’s future education.
For example one initiative involves paving the way for an easy transition into kindergarten. As you know, two of our daycare locations are on the properties where our toddlers and preschool-aged kids will likely enter elementary school. We fully support the idea of helping our daycare centre kids be ready for school. This is why we incorporate so many educational methods into our early years curriculum. It is critical to early childhood development.
While we are not affiliated with this program officially, we see it as value for parents to know, access and learn about. This goes especially for parents of children who may not have been able to attend paid-for preschool or daycare programs. Extra support may be available for your children. Be sure to look into your options.
While these are just some of the services available to parents of early childhood learners, we encourage you to explore more! These are made to be taken advantage of and used, so why not benefit from them?
Use this link to get started on your further research :