Childcare

National child-care plan could help Canada rebound from COVID-induced economic crisis: prof

National child-care plan could help Canada rebound from COVID-induced economic crisis: prof

A $2 billion investment this year could help parents during second wave of pandemic

National child-care plan could help Canada rebound from COVID-induced economic crisis: prof
Virtual babysitting helps parents juggle double responsibilities during pandemic

Virtual babysitting helps parents juggle double responsibilities during pandemic

For 40 minutes at a time, parents can be free of the kids for whatever they need

Virtual babysitting helps parents juggle double responsibilities during pandemic
Lavington resident Dave Pope chained himself to a tree in the park across from the local elementary school Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in protest against use of park space for the construction of a child care facility. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)                                Lavington resident Dave Pope chained himself to a tree in the park across from the local elementary school Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in protest against use of park space for the construction of a child care facility. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

North Okanagan man chains himself to tree in protest of construction

Crews began work clearing space for a new facility Thursday, Aug. 6

Lavington resident Dave Pope chained himself to a tree in the park across from the local elementary school Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in protest against use of park space for the construction of a child care facility. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)                                Lavington resident Dave Pope chained himself to a tree in the park across from the local elementary school Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in protest against use of park space for the construction of a child care facility. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Andrea MacDonald with her daughters Rose, 5, and Grace, 9, take part online with Twitter’s “virtual camp” at their summer residence in Harcourt, Ont., Sunday, August 2, 2020. When MacDonald begins working from home each morning, keeping her two daughters busy is rarely a worry. Grace and Rose have spent the last two months being read Dr. Seuss books by Twitter Inc. founder Jack Dorsey and learning about literary terms through Harry Potter. Both are part of Camp Twitter, a virtual program for kids of the tech company’s employees. The offering is one of several dreamed up by companies to help Canadian employees juggle their professional and parenting duties, while working from home and having limited camps, daycare, school or child care options to lean on during the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill

Companies get creative to help parents juggle work and kids during pandemic

Experts say child care solutions are key to keeping women in the workforce

Andrea MacDonald with her daughters Rose, 5, and Grace, 9, take part online with Twitter’s “virtual camp” at their summer residence in Harcourt, Ont., Sunday, August 2, 2020. When MacDonald begins working from home each morning, keeping her two daughters busy is rarely a worry. Grace and Rose have spent the last two months being read Dr. Seuss books by Twitter Inc. founder Jack Dorsey and learning about literary terms through Harry Potter. Both are part of Camp Twitter, a virtual program for kids of the tech company’s employees. The offering is one of several dreamed up by companies to help Canadian employees juggle their professional and parenting duties, while working from home and having limited camps, daycare, school or child care options to lean on during the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development Carla Qualtrough announced $625 million in federal funding to support child care for parents returning to work post-pandemic at the Richmond Olympic Oval on Friday, July 24, 2020. (Submitted photo)

Federal government commits $625 million in child care funding

Funds to help ensure enough child care spaces to support parents’ gradual return to work post-COVID

Minister of Employment, Workforce Development Carla Qualtrough announced $625 million in federal funding to support child care for parents returning to work post-pandemic at the Richmond Olympic Oval on Friday, July 24, 2020. (Submitted photo)
B.C. minister of state for child care Katrina Chen, seen here in Nanaimo earlier this year, announced 536 new licensed child care spaces for Nanaimo and Ladysmith. (News Bulletin file photo)

More than 500 new child care spaces coming to Nanaimo-Ladysmith area

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools to partner on accommodating 406 new child care spaces

B.C. minister of state for child care Katrina Chen, seen here in Nanaimo earlier this year, announced 536 new licensed child care spaces for Nanaimo and Ladysmith. (News Bulletin file photo)
B.C. minister of state for child care Katrina Chen speaks with a VIU early education student at a funding announcement at the university earlier this year. (News Bulletin file photo)

Province announces support for creation of more than 300 childcare spaces in Nanaimo

Spaces will be created at Core Education Fine Arts, Inquiring Little Minds and new VIU centre

B.C. minister of state for child care Katrina Chen speaks with a VIU early education student at a funding announcement at the university earlier this year. (News Bulletin file photo)
Tahsis seeks provincial investment to retain its sole child care facility

Tahsis seeks provincial investment to retain its sole child care facility

To avoid closure of Puddle Duck Daycare, the village has sought funding to relocate the facility to local school premises

Tahsis seeks provincial investment to retain its sole child care facility
A group of students attended the childcare announcement which took place in the Cordova bay Elementary library on Friday. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Province invests in more than 400 more childcare spaces in Greater Victoria

‘These extra spaces will provide relief for many families,’ says Cordova Bay Elementary PAC president

A group of students attended the childcare announcement which took place in the Cordova bay Elementary library on Friday. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Candace Spilsbury

3 new daycare centres with 120 new childcare spaces set to open in Cowichan this fall

They will be located at Alexander Elementary, Mill Bay Elementary and Palsson Elementary.

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VIU early childhood education student Sabrina Limas, left, speaks to B.C. minister of state for child care Katrina Chen on Monday morning at the university’s Nanaimo campus. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

B.C. launches $2-million childcare professional development network

Minister of state announced program Monday on Vancouver Island

VIU early childhood education student Sabrina Limas, left, speaks to B.C. minister of state for child care Katrina Chen on Monday morning at the university’s Nanaimo campus. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Sullivan Waugh, left, Blake Reimer and Lexi Brule check out places around the planet during play time at Nanaimo Innovation Academy. The facility has received funding to create new childcare spaces that the province says could give parents the chance to return to work or pursue education or other opportunities. See story page A18. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Province announces more childcare spaces created in Nanaimo

Government says 20 new spaces will bring provincially funded spaces to 120 since 2018

Sullivan Waugh, left, Blake Reimer and Lexi Brule check out places around the planet during play time at Nanaimo Innovation Academy. The facility has received funding to create new childcare spaces that the province says could give parents the chance to return to work or pursue education or other opportunities. See story page A18. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
B.C. Education Minister Rob Fleming colours with some kids at the recently opened Arbutus Grove Children’s Studio. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff).

Province adds 260 more childcare spaces in Greater Victoria

144 spaces will be located at elementary schools

B.C. Education Minister Rob Fleming colours with some kids at the recently opened Arbutus Grove Children’s Studio. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff).
(Keri Coles/Black Press Media)

439 new licensed child care spaces for Greater Victoria

Funding comes as part of the province’s $4.6 million for Childcare BC New Spaces Fund

(Keri Coles/Black Press Media)
Rachel Hess of Discovery Playhouse Children’s Society of Pitt Meadows with Ethan, Marcus and Madeleine. The daycare has just two years left in its lease with the city. (Neil Corbett/The News)

Victoria mayor planning for 300 new affordable childcare spaces

The childcare spaces would be located on SD61 properties throughout Victoria

Rachel Hess of Discovery Playhouse Children’s Society of Pitt Meadows with Ethan, Marcus and Madeleine. The daycare has just two years left in its lease with the city. (Neil Corbett/The News)
Babies to Big Kids daycare, which serviced over 70 families, has given a one-month notice about their closure (File photo)

Impending closure of Vic West daycare has over 70 families scrambling

Babies to Big Kids Daycare shutting its doors end of June, ahead of its lease ending

Babies to Big Kids daycare, which serviced over 70 families, has given a one-month notice about their closure (File photo)
B.C. Finance Minister Carole James visits a Victoria daycare on the eve of her first budget, allocating $1 billion over three years to expand child care, Feb. 19, 2018. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

Quebec daycare subsidies offer warning for B.C., study says

Over-55 women more likely to join paid workforce than young mothers

B.C. Finance Minister Carole James visits a Victoria daycare on the eve of her first budget, allocating $1 billion over three years to expand child care, Feb. 19, 2018. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
Health Minister Adrian Dix (Black Press)

Inspection reports to be released for B.C. child care, senior facilities

Health Minister Adrian Dix says unlicensed operators will also be forced to disclose conditions

Health Minister Adrian Dix (Black Press)
B.C. Finance Minister Carole James visits a Victoria daycare on the eve of her first budget, Feb. 19, 2018. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

NDP’s first budget to set spending record for housing, child care

Premier John Horgan promises biggest investments in B.C. history

B.C. Finance Minister Carole James visits a Victoria daycare on the eve of her first budget, Feb. 19, 2018. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)