When K was 6 months pregnant I began looking for childcare centres for our son. I had some great conversations with the various locations near our home and offices, and for the most part they were confident that we wouldn’t have a problem getting the Wee Baby T in when it was time for us to head back to work.
Fast forward 8 months. I call back just to make sure everything is still set, and I’m met with uproarious laughter. “Oh no… There’s no way we will have a spot open for your son in July.” Gee, thanks.
When I speak with my friends and colleagues about daycare they reveal horror stories about their time applying for childcare. Prior to September 2016 daycare centres could legally charge parents just to be placed on a waiting list. Not being on a waiting list was not an option. In fact, you had to be on 3 or 4 if you wanted a decent chance to get in to a centre.
Fortunately the Government of Ontario is doing something about this:
- Since 2003, the Government has increased child care funding to more than $1 billion annually, doubling the available spaces to today’s total of 390,000.
- The government has committed to create 100,000 new licensed child care spaces over the next five years.
What’s more, the Ministry of Education is looking for input from parents, families, and experts on the Province’s early years education and child care system. A survey is open until January 31st to review the needs of families in Ontario. I can’t stress this enough – the Government wants to listen, tell them what you think HERE.
We still don’t have a confirmed daycare space for this coming summer, hopefully in the months ahead something will open up. If you’re looking too, good luck!