Childcare

Families, Children and Social Development Minister Karina Gould stands during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Monday, Oct. 17, 2022. Families Minister Karina Gould is expected to introduce legislation today to strengthen child care in Canada, which is likely to include an effort to secure a long-term role for Ottawa in the new national daycare system. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Liberals aim to secure long-term role for feds in national child-care system

New legislation introduced, does not make any specific financial promises

 

Sarah Fennell, along with several Greater Victoria parents, is speaking out after paying a $1,100 deposit for a daycare spot. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Saanich daycare kerfuffle reveals dire state of childcare in Greater Victoria

Non-refundable deposit not returned once parents learned of provider’s criminal history

 

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ board has approved a pilot project for before- and after-school care for school-aged children set to begin fall 2023. (News Bulletin file)

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public School to launch child care pilot next school year

Before- and after-school care will be offered to school-aged children

 

Vanessa Edis, early childhood educator Lynn Macaulay, and Georgina Baumel play at the Nanaimo Parent Participation Preschool site at Beban Park. The school will be closing for good at the end of June. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Vanessa Edis, early childhood educator Lynn Macaulay, and Georgina Baumel play at the Nanaimo Parent Participation Preschool site at Beban Park. The school will be closing for good at the end of June. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Applications for B.C.’s $10-a-day child care program opened June 20. (Black Press Media file photo)

Applications open for $10-a-day child care as B.C. doubles number of spaces available

Spaces to expand from 6,500 to 12,500 by December, province says

Applications for B.C.’s $10-a-day child care program opened June 20. (Black Press Media file photo)
James and Jodie Dobby and baby Jacob receive a book bag at the Roots to Read launch event at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital on June 1. The program promotes reading to newborn babies. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
James and Jodie Dobby and baby Jacob receive a book bag at the Roots to Read launch event at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital on June 1. The program promotes reading to newborn babies. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Like many infants, Carolyn Foggo’s son Cobe needs a hypallergenic formula. (Photo credit/Taylor Kizyma)

West Kelowna mom wrestles with baby formula shortage

Baby formula shortage in the U.S. being felt in the Okanagan

Like many infants, Carolyn Foggo’s son Cobe needs a hypallergenic formula. (Photo credit/Taylor Kizyma)
The Little Phoenix Daycare officially opened in Victoria Thursday. The centre is the first trauma-informed daycare in B.C. and only the second in Canada. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

B.C.’s first trauma-informed daycare opens in Victoria

Little Phoenix aims to inform policy and inspire similar approaches to childcare

The Little Phoenix Daycare officially opened in Victoria Thursday. The centre is the first trauma-informed daycare in B.C. and only the second in Canada. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The Province of B.C. announced 24 child-care spaces, for school-aged children, for École Quarterway Elementary on April 20. (News Bulletin file)

More child-care funding announced for Nanaimo schools and non-profit

Province of B.C. announces 168 spaces for Nanaimo area

The Province of B.C. announced 24 child-care spaces, for school-aged children, for École Quarterway Elementary on April 20. (News Bulletin file)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Ontario Premier Doug Ford, right, watch Karina Gould, second left, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development of Canada and Stephen Lecce, second right, Ontario Minister of Education officially sign an agreement in $10-a-day child-care program deal in Brampton, Ont., on Monday, March 28, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

With daycare deals done, Liberals look to craft bill to enshrine child-care system

Deal with NDP gives government extra time to craft legislation

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Ontario Premier Doug Ford, right, watch Karina Gould, second left, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development of Canada and Stephen Lecce, second right, Ontario Minister of Education officially sign an agreement in $10-a-day child-care program deal in Brampton, Ont., on Monday, March 28, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
The District of Tofino is celebrating the successful hiring of three new staffers for its Community Children’s Centre. (file photo)

Staff-strapped B.C. town scores childcare workers with free tuition, housing

District of Tofino takes unique approach to address childcare resource crunch

The District of Tofino is celebrating the successful hiring of three new staffers for its Community Children’s Centre. (file photo)
Families, Children and Social Development Minister Karina Gould rises during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in Ottawa on Thursday, December 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Patrick Doyle

Canada Child Benefit still needed alongside national daycare system, minister says

Even if child care dips to $10 a day, minister says some families may need more aid

Families, Children and Social Development Minister Karina Gould rises during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in Ottawa on Thursday, December 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Patrick Doyle
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, meets with Alberta Premier Jason Kenney in Calgary, Alta., Wednesday, July 7, 2021. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney will announce a deal they've reached on child care during an event in Edmonton today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta latest province to ink $10-a-day child-care deal with federal government

Deal is for $3.8 billion in federal funding over the next five years

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, meets with Alberta Premier Jason Kenney in Calgary, Alta., Wednesday, July 7, 2021. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney will announce a deal they've reached on child care during an event in Edmonton today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
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Alberta NDP Opposition wants immediate funding for daycare operators during COVID-19

NDP critic: ‘I’ve heard from countless child-care programs that are on the brink of closure’

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Orange shirts, shoes, flowers and messages are on display on the steps outside the legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Saturday, June 12, 2021 in honour of the 215 children whose remains have been discovered buried near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

COVID recovery and child care are Opposition targets as B.C. legislature returns

Most politicians will be back in-person, following strict pandemic protocols

Orange shirts, shoes, flowers and messages are on display on the steps outside the legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Saturday, June 12, 2021 in honour of the 215 children whose remains have been discovered buried near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Six fir tree stumps, an arbutus branch and two doormats were stolen from the Oceanside Building Learning Together’s Munchkinland Exploration Centre in Parksville between Aug. 27 and Aug. 30, 2021. The stumps and branch had been earmarked as decoration for a new childcare program in Errington. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Six fir tree stumps, an arbutus branch and two doormats were stolen from the Oceanside Building Learning Together’s Munchkinland Exploration Centre in Parksville between Aug. 27 and Aug. 30, 2021. The stumps and branch had been earmarked as decoration for a new childcare program in Errington. (Mandy Moraes photo)
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Woman who hid 26 kids behind false wall at Colorado daycare guilty

Many of the children had soiled or wet diapers and were sweaty and thirsty

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Construction delays and COVID-19 have led to a delay of childcare service provision at schools like Rock City elementary, says Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools. (News Bulletin file)

COVID-19, construction delays will mean fewer child care options than anticipated in Nanaimo-Ladysmith

Child care at Forest Park, Rock City, Chase River, Ladysmith Primary won’t open in September

Construction delays and COVID-19 have led to a delay of childcare service provision at schools like Rock City elementary, says Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools. (News Bulletin file)
A classroom is shown at Hunter’s Glen Junior Public School in Scarborough, Ont., on Monday, September 14, 2020. An advocacy group is calling for Canada to fully integrate child-care and early childhood education into its school systems THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Group calls for integration of early childhood education and school systems

People for Education says there are clear benefits to early childhood education

A classroom is shown at Hunter’s Glen Junior Public School in Scarborough, Ont., on Monday, September 14, 2020. An advocacy group is calling for Canada to fully integrate child-care and early childhood education into its school systems THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
A return to normalcy after 15 months of non-medical masks and social distancing is a battle every child in B.C. must now face. (Unsplash)

How B.C. parents can help anxious kids adjust to life as COVID dwindles

Vancouver pediatrician Anamaria Richardson advises parents to express their emotions, create daily routines for their children

A return to normalcy after 15 months of non-medical masks and social distancing is a battle every child in B.C. must now face. (Unsplash)