Childcare

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

 

Semiahmoo Family Place holds weekly programs at local parks with families to play together in Surrey’s local parks. (Contributed photo)

South Surrey’s drop-in family programs at-risk for closures due to funding cuts

Semiahmoo Family Place struggling to keep their family drop-in programs afloat

 

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

 

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

Six child-care providers in Surrey receiving funding for 531 spaces

Province says nearly 2,000 spaces have been funded in Surrey since July 2018

Children’s backpacks and shoes are seen at a daycare in Langley, B.C., on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. (File photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Marina Garmon with Unique Get Together Society (left) chats Minister of State for Childcare, Katrina Chen during an announcement for a new childcare centre in Chilliwack on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

‘Bringing every child together’: New childcare centre in Chilliwack will be accessible, inclusive

Unique Get Together Society adding 36 daycare spaces in Chilliwack with $1.2-million provincial grant

Marina Garmon with Unique Get Together Society (left) chats Minister of State for Childcare, Katrina Chen during an announcement for a new childcare centre in Chilliwack on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
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
Kensington Prairie Community Centre in South Surrey. (Google Streetview image)

Efforts to boost full-day childcare spaces in South Surrey endorsed

Grants would help grow program hours at Kensington Prairie, Elgin Centre

Kensington Prairie Community Centre in South Surrey. (Google Streetview image)
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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The Métis Nation flag, left, with the Canadian and British Columbian flags.
The Métis Nation flag, left, with the Canadian and British Columbian flags.
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
Creative Kids Learning Centers is marking its silver anniversary this month. (Contributed photo)

PHOTOS: South Surrey childcare founder marks silver anniversary

Sandra Christian started Creative Kids Learning Centres in 1996

Creative Kids Learning Centers is marking its silver anniversary this month. (Contributed 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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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
This section of parking lot and the adjacent commercial unit at 9015 Scott Road will be converted into a 50-space childcare facility after Delta council approved the project Monday afternoon (July 12). (James Smith photo)

Council approves new 50-space daycare in North Delta

Commercial retail unit and parking lot at the northeast corner of 9015 Scott Road to be converted

This section of parking lot and the adjacent commercial unit at 9015 Scott Road will be converted into a 50-space childcare facility after Delta council approved the project Monday afternoon (July 12). (James Smith photo)
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)