Childcare

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

 

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)

Parksville business owner stumped by theft from Munchkinland Exploration Centre

6 stumps, an arbutus branch and two doormats taken

 

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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

 

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)
The province is granting Anxiety Canada $555,000 to develop a series of mental health literacy videos, called Behind The Mask. (Unsplash)

B.C. to fund ‘Behind the Mask’ mental health video series for children, teens

The province is spending $555,000 on the digital awareness initiative in partnership with Anxiety Canada

The province is granting Anxiety Canada $555,000 to develop a series of mental health literacy videos, called Behind The Mask. (Unsplash)
Seven-year-old Eva Mailhot Maclean plays in a playground in Montreal, Saturday, May 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

B.C. study probes if more time in the shade as a child prevents skin cancer in adulthood

Researchers will install shade structures outside and track preschool-age children for six months while they play

Seven-year-old Eva Mailhot Maclean plays in a playground in Montreal, Saturday, May 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Greater father involvement in the home leads to improved childhood development and increased marital satisfaction, says expert. (Black Press Media file photo)

Vancouver Island researcher finds lack of father involvement a drag on gender equality

Working women still taking on most child and household duties in Canada: UVic professor

Greater father involvement in the home leads to improved childhood development and increased marital satisfaction, says expert. (Black Press Media file photo)
Children and Family Development Minister Mitzi Dean as she introduced two new pieces of legislation on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. (Screen grab)

B.C. inches towards universal child care, pledges to support Indigenous-led initiatives

The Early Learning and Childcare and Early Childhood Educators recapture the original B.C. Child Care Act introduced in 1996

Children and Family Development Minister Mitzi Dean as she introduced two new pieces of legislation on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. (Screen grab)
Keely Freeman, founder of Nanaimo Innovation Academy, right, was recognized for her contributions to child care with the Emerging Leader Award at the B.C. Child Care Awards of Excellence. Pictured here, Sheila Malcolmson, Nanaimo MLA, and Doug Routley, Nanaimo-North Cowichan MLA, with Freeman. (Submitted photo)

Nanaimo Innovation Academy founder recognized with B.C. child care award

Keely Freeman named Emerging Leader at this year’s Child Care Awards of Excellence

Keely Freeman, founder of Nanaimo Innovation Academy, right, was recognized for her contributions to child care with the Emerging Leader Award at the B.C. Child Care Awards of Excellence. Pictured here, Sheila Malcolmson, Nanaimo MLA, and Doug Routley, Nanaimo-North Cowichan MLA, with Freeman. (Submitted photo)
New child care spaces are coming to Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district centres, including at École Quarterway Elementary. (News Bulletin file)

Province announces partnerships on more than 200 new licensed child care spaces in Nanaimo

Majority of funding provided to Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district centres

New child care spaces are coming to Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district centres, including at École Quarterway Elementary. (News Bulletin file)
New child care spaces are coming to Lantzville, the B.C. government has announced. (Stock photo)

Province partnering on more than 100 child-care spaces in Lantzville

Snaw-Naw-As First Nation and Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools to benefit from added child care spots

New child care spaces are coming to Lantzville, the B.C. government has announced. (Stock photo)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is joined virtually by Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland as they talk online to a group of front-line pharmacists from across the country to discuss the ongoing vaccination efforts in the fight against COVID‑19, from the Prime Ministers office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Freeland says Liberals open to provincial child care demands, draws line around fees

Provinces must agree to targets on affordability, quality of care and training of early childhood educators

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is joined virtually by Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland as they talk online to a group of front-line pharmacists from across the country to discuss the ongoing vaccination efforts in the fight against COVID‑19, from the Prime Ministers office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland listens to a question from a reporter on the phone during a news conference in Ottawa, Monday November 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Liberals should drive daycare improvements, not redo system, report says

The report’s authors say the money should focus first on expanding the supply of licensed child-care spaces

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland listens to a question from a reporter on the phone during a news conference in Ottawa, Monday November 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A man walks his daughter to daycare on a rainy morning in Montreal on October 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Even as child-care fees rise, report says many daycares may close due to pandemic

Four cities surveyed showed overall small price declines: Vancouver, Moncton, Whitehorse and Yellowknife

A man walks his daughter to daycare on a rainy morning in Montreal on October 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
A new action plan focuses on increasing child care spaces in the Regional District of Nanaimo by 2030. (PQB News file photo)

Action plan targets significant increase in mid-Island child care spaces by 2030

Consultant says accessible and affordable child care is essential

A new action plan focuses on increasing child care spaces in the Regional District of Nanaimo by 2030. (PQB News file photo)
Last July, the B.C. government announced Childcare B.C. New Spaces Fund money for 406 child care spaces at Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district facilities. (Stock photo)

Nanaimo school district figuring out how to provide promised child-care spaces

Province funding 400 new child-care spaces located at public schools

Last July, the B.C. government announced Childcare B.C. New Spaces Fund money for 406 child care spaces at Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district facilities. (Stock photo)
Ella Donovan with mom Tina outside Fuller Lake Arena before heading onto the ice for practice. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Young Ladysmith skater watches and waits in battle against cancer

Ella Donovan’s tumour began a tumultuous time, but community support eased the burden

Ella Donovan with mom Tina outside Fuller Lake Arena before heading onto the ice for practice. (Photo by Don Bodger)
FILE – Children’s backpacks and shoes are seen at a daycare in Langley, B.C., on Tuesday May 29, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver city council to debate 24-hour child care for essential shift workers

Councillor points out that many families who work odd hours have young children who need care

FILE – Children’s backpacks and shoes are seen at a daycare in Langley, B.C., on Tuesday May 29, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck