Getting childcare in Vancouver

COVID-19 update: Childcare at community centres

Licensed childcare and preschool services at some community centres begins September 1, 2020. Specific reopening dates are set by individual community centre assocations (CCA) and childcare operators. 

Each childcare site supports between 20 to 174 children, ages 2½ to 12. CCAs and childcare operators will determine how their spaces will be filled and can give priority to children of essential service workers and vulnerable children and youth. Operators must use spaces in accordance to Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) licensing regulations. VCH licensing does not require childcare operators to reduce their capacity.

Physical distancing will be managed according to provincial health guidance and will include a combination of markers, signage, and modified activities.

Staggered pick up and drop off times will be encouraged to reduce the chance of overcrowding, along with physical distancing measures.

Contact a community centre for more information

The City of Vancouver does not manage childcare facilities or maintain waiting lists for childcare spaces.

All facilities, including those owned by the City, are managed by independent operators or community associations. Enrolment policies and waiting lists are established and maintained by the operator of each facility. Please contact a childcare operator directly in order to secure a childcare space or to be placed on a waiting list.

Waitlists for selected childcare operators

Contact the operators directly to get on their waiting lists.

Facility Operator
Creekside Community Recreation Centre Developmental Disabilities Association
Woodward's (111 West Hastings St) YMCA

Group childcare facilities

Group childcare facilities offer full and part-time licensed programs by age group.

Age group Programs
Infants (birth to 18 months) Full- and part-time
Toddlers (19 to 36 months) Full- and part-time
3 to 5 Care (36 months to school age) Full- and part-time
School Age Care (kindergarten to grade seven) Before and after school programs, and during school holidays
Licensed Preschool (30 months to school age, by December 31 of the year of entrance) Part-time, up to four hours of care per day

Find childcare facilities in Vancouver with Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre

If you are looking for care or early learning programs for your child, the Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre can help.

This non-profit centre provides information, referrals, training, and resources to families and individuals who are looking for the best care and early learning for children.

They also maintain online listings of all of the licensed and registered childcare facilities in the city.

Find childcare in Vancouver's community centres

Many of Vancouver's community centres and neighbourhood houses offer various types of childcare on-site:

  • Licensed group childcare programs – Many community centres offer childcare programs for school age and licensed preschool. Some centres also offer full and part-time programs for infant, toddler, and 3 to 5 Care.
  • Childminding – Care for your young children while you swim or play. You must remain on-site while your child is in childminding care.

To find out more, check the list below of community centers that offer licensed, registered daycare and contact the centre directly.

Community centres that offer childcare

Britannia

Britannia Community Centre has an indoor pool, tennis courts, seniors (55+) centre with computer lab, teen/youth centre, fitness centre, ice rink, and - for classes only - a pottery studio. The centre is located at 1661 Napier St, Vancouver, BC. 604-718-5800.

Champlain Heights

The Champlain Heights Community Centre is located at 3350 Maquinna Drive, Vancouver. Amenities include a youth centre, preschool childcare, indoor cycling, a dance studio, squash and racquetball courts, and a fitness centre with sauna. Outside, there is a tennis court and playground.

Coal Harbour

Amenities include multi-purpose rooms for all occasions, a dance studio, a gymnasium, and a playground. The centre is located at 480 Broughton St, Vancouver, BC. 604-718-8222.

Creekside

Amenities include a fitness centre, a gymnasium, dance and yoga studios, multi-purpose rooms, a child care centre, and paddling launch. The centre is located at 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver, BC V5Y 0B1. 604-257-3050.

Douglas Park

Douglas Park Community Centre — located at 801 West 22nd Avenue — has activities and programs for all ages, including a gymnasium, pottery studio, youth centre, fitness room, and childcare. Outside, enjoy tennis courts, sports fields, and a wading pool.

Dunbar

The Dunbar Community Centre is located at 4747 Dunbar St, Vancouver, BC. 604-222-6060. Amenities include a fitness centre, dance studio, pottery programs for children, indoor cycling, tennis courts, outdoor sport courts, gymnasium, squash courts, darkroom and playground.

False Creek

The False Creek Community Centre is located at 1318 Cartwright St, Vancouver, BC. 604-257-8195. Amenities include a dance and pottery studio, fitness centre with sauna, tennis courts, gymasium, water park, playground, and boating programs including dragonboating and kayaking.

Hastings

Hastings Community Centre is located at 3096 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC. 604-718-6222. Amenities include a games room, water park, computer terminals, fitness centre, tennis courts, racquetball courts, gym, and playground.

Hillcrest

Hillcrest recreation centre is located at 4575 Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver, BC. 604-257-8680. Amenities include a dance studio, indoor cycling, indoor/outdoor pool, ice rink, fitness centre, gym, and cafe.

Kensington

Kensington Community Centre amenities include a dance studio, pottery studio, indoor pool, fitness centre, gym, playground, and seniors centre. The centre is located at 5175 Dumfries St, Vancouver, BC. 604-718-6200.

Kerrisdale

Kerrisdale Community Centre includes an indoor pool, ice rink, fitness centre, gym, games room, seniors centre, and teen/youth centre. The centre is affiliated with the Kerrisdale Arena and Maple Grove pool. It is located at 5851 W Boulevard, Vancouver, BC. 604-257-8100.

Killarney

Killarney Community Centre includes a dance studio, fitness centre, ice rink, tennis courts, gym, indoor pool, games room, computer lab, playground, youth centre, and snack bar. The centre is located at 6260 Killarney St, Vancouver, BC. 604-718-8200.

Kitsilano

The Kitsilano Community Centre is located at 2690 Larch St, Vancouver, BC. 604-257-6976. Amenities include a dance studio, fitness centre, ice rink, gym, seniors lounge, teen/youth centre, and playground.

Marpole-Oakridge

The Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre is located at 990 W 59th Ave, Vancouver, BC. 604-257-8180. Amenities include a dance studio, music studios, fitness centre, whirlpool/sauna, racquetball court, outdoor sport courts, tennis courts, gymnasium, water park, playgrounds, licensed preschool and youth room.

Ray-Cam

Centre provides personal and family support services, and offers an out of school, pre-school and day-care program for children. The centre has a gym, hobby rooms, and club rooms. Located at 920 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC. Phone: 604-257-6949

Renfrew Park

The Renfrew Park Community Centre is located at E 22nd Ave and Renfrew St, Vancouver, BC. 604-257-8388. Amenities include a fitness centre, gym, indoor pool, games room, computer lab, and playground.

Strathcona

Amenities include a fitness centre, gym, games room, and playground. The centre is located at 601 Keefer St, Vancouver, BC. 604-713-1838.

Sunset

The Sunset Community Centre is located at 6810 Main St, Vancouver, BC. 604-718-6505. Amenities include a dance studio, fitness centre, gym, ice rink, and playground.

Thunderbird

The Thunderbird Community Centre is located at 2311 Cassiar St, Vancouver, BC. 604-713-1818. Amenities include a fitness centre, gym, games room, computer lab, and playground.

Trout Lake

The Trout Lake Community Centre is located at 3360 Victoria Dr, Vancouver, BC. 604-257-6955. Amenities include an arts studio, pottery studio, music room, performing arts studio, fitness centre, indoor cycling, gym, ice rink, and outdoor festival plaza.

West End

Amenities include a dance studio, pottery studio, fitness centre, indoor cycling, ice rink, racquetball/squash courts, and teen/youth centre. The West End Community Centre is affiliated with Barclay Manor and is located at 870 Denman St, Vancouver, BC. 604-257-8333.