Interior of a childcare centre

Developing a childcare centre

Our staff work with developers, building and landscape architects, and early childhood educators to plan and design new group childcare centres in ways that contribute to the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical wellbeing of children.

Getting started

Begin planning a childcare facility by reviewing our guidelines and checklists. They will help guide you through the development process:

Are you developing a childcare centre in an existing building?

Make sure to review the following guideline:

The Childcare Design Guidelines pdf file (290 KB) ensure that new childcare centres promote healthy child development. The guidelines are applied to all new group childcare facilities in Vancouver. 

If you plan to develop a new childcare centre serving children aged 0 to 4, your plans will be reviewed for compliance with these guidelines at the rezoning and/or development permit stage.

Steps for establishing a childcare centre

Contact us

Social Policy and Projects

Development and Building Services Enquiry Centre
Phone: 604-873-7611