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Creating Child Care Spaces in Richmond

Creating Child Care Spaces
Child Care Development Policy

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Healthy child care spaces promote the wellbeing for children and families and help the overall economic stability and growth in Richmond. Before applying for a provincial child care licenses and building permit for a child care space, it is important to do the appropriate research and planning in order to prepare information for a Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) Licensing Officer.

PDF Document Creating Child Care Spaces in Richmond

Licensing a child care program in a home
1) Apply for Provincial Licensing (VCH) Complete a VCH Child Care Facility Licensing Application Form
2) Find a suitable child care space and coordinate a visit with a VCH Licensing Officer Meet with a VCH Licensing Officer to review plans for the proposed child care space and to coordinate a visit for an assessment of your space. Provide the Licensing Officer with document including an employee plan, site and floor plan drawings to scale.
3) Apply for a building permit through the City and coordinate a building inspection with Building Approvals Apply for a Building Permit through the City. If no renovations are planned for your child care space, you may apply for a Non-Permit Site Inspection. Both require inspection visits and four (4) copies of the child care space plan drawings to scale. There may be associated fees for an inspection.
4) Coordinate a fire inspection with the Fire & Rescue Department If your building inspection was successful, ou will be provided with a Site Visit Notice (if you applied for a Non-Permit Site Inspection) or a Final Inspection Card (if you applied for a building permit). Both are considered municipal approval of your child care space. Once this is completed, you will need to contact the Fire & Rescue Department for a fire inspection. This inspection may have an associated fee.
5) Provide VCH with municipal and fire approval from the City If the fire inspection is successful, you will be provided with a Notice of Violation stating that you are in compliance (fire approval). Provide the VCH Licensing Officer with these document and continue to work with them to complete the process to obtain a licence to operate.
Licensing Group Child Care Programs
1) Decide the location and type f the child care program you want Research the community need for child care, including the types of licensed child care programs and the zoning areas where child care spaces are permitted.
2) Apply for Provincial Licensing (VCH) Complete a VCH Child Care Facility Licensing Application form.
3) Design a suitable child care space and coordinate a visit with a VCH Licensing Officer Meet with a VCH Licensing Officer to review plans for the proposed child care centre. Provide a detailed description of the care program(s), site and floor plan (drawn to scale), financial and budgetary information. This may take many meetings to ensure that you are creating a healthy space for children.
4) Apply for a building permit through the city and coordinate a building inspection with Building Approvals Apply for a Building Permit though the city's Building Approvals group. You will need to provide four (4) sets of plans (drawn to scale). If the plans meet BC Building Code, a Building Permit will be issued.
5) Begin construction on your child care space and coordinate necessary building, plumbing and fire inspections Arrange visits with City's building inspection staff including building, plumbing, and fire inspectors to ensure that the building developments match your plans and that they meet BC Building Code. Inspectors will alert you of any necessary changes. Once all requirements are met, you will be provided with a Final Inspection Card (municipal approval) and a Notice of Violations stating that you are in compliance (fire approval).
 6) Provide VCH with building and fire approval from the City  Provide VCH Licensing Officer with these documents to continue to work with them to complete your child care program's provincial licence.
Child Care Development Policy
The City of Richmond acknowledges that quality and affordable child care is an essential service in the community for residents, employers and employees. The  PDF Document Child Care Development Policy describes the City of Richmond’s roles and responsibilities for child care in the community including:

  • Working in partnership with senior levels of government and  non-profit and private sectors to ensure that quality affordable child care is provided throughout the community,
  • The establishment of a Council Advisory Committee to provide advice on child care in Richmond,
  • The establishment of a Child Care Reserve Fund to assist with capital costs for new child care space and operating costs for existing child care programs,
    The development of child care facilities, and
  • Ensuring that child care is an important component in neighbourhood planning.

Since 2009, The City has supported child care development in Richmond by:

  • Creating two City-owned child care facilities with a total of 62 spaces in the West Cambie and Hamilton planning areas;
  • Developing five City-owned child care facilities in Richmond planning areas: Bridgeport (1), Shellmont (1), Blundell (1), and City Centre (2)
  • Approving a new Early Childhood Hub facility in the City Centre Capstan Village area that will offer child care and other related services for families.

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