Children and Child Care
Burnaby is committed to delivering a high quality of life for all its residents including its youngest citizens. In 2011, 5.7% of Burnaby’s population was five years old or younger and 12% was twelve years old or younger.
The City recognizes the critical social and economic role quality child care plays in community well-being and is committed to assisting in the creation of a comprehensive and inclusive child care system in Burnaby. The City’s Child Care Policy outlines this commitment. Through the City’s Community Benefit Bonus Policy, the City has acquired five City-owned child care centres that are operated by non-profit societies. The City also supports child care services and programs in Burnaby through its Child Care Resources Group.
- Burnaby Child Care Policy
- Burnaby Child Care Resources Group Terms of Reference
- Survey of Burnaby Childcare Providers Report
- Critical Childcare Challenges in Burnaby
- Finding Childcare in Burnaby
- Our Children Deserve the Best: Why Quality Child Care Matters
For groups and individuals interested in opening a child care centre in Burnaby, please see these links:
- Child Care Planning Resource Package
- Step-by-Step Guide for Opening a Home-Based Child Care Centre in Burnaby
- Child Care Facilities
- Local Government Requirements: A Handbook for Child Care Providers
For assistance in finding child care in Burnaby, visit these links:
The City also supports children in Burnaby through a broad range of activities and programs offered through Burnaby Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services and through partnerships with Burnaby School District, Fraser Health and other community partners. The City is an active participant in Burnaby’s Early Childhood Development Community Planning Table and the Burnaby School Age Initiative.