Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manitoba Conservatives Promise to Boost Child-Care Spaces, Review Regulations

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manitoba Conservatives Promise to Boost Child-Care Spaces, Review Regulations

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Manitoba Tories promise child-care spaces

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WINNIPEG - Manitoba's Conservative party is promising to put a dent in the province's long wait list for child-care spots by boosting funding for home-based daycares.

Candidate Ian Wishart said if the party is elected on April 19, it will help fund 550 new home daycare spaces this year. The Conservatives would increase funding for licenced homes by about 70 per cent for infants and toddlers and by 15 per cent for school-age children, he said.

They would also review regulations necessary for daycare operators to make the rules less cumbersome and would work with schools to establish daycare centres, he said.

"It's clear old approaches have not worked and it's time for some new approaches," Wishart said Thursday.

Manitoba has some of the lowest daycare fees in Canada, but there is a huge shortage of spaces. There are about 12,000 children currently on a wait list.

Susan Prentice, a sociology professor at the University of Manitoba who specializes in child care, said focusing on home daycares would do little to help those in need.

Prentice said the number of home daycares nationwide has declined steadily. Manitoba has roughly 400 home daycares and it's unlikely the Tories would be able to buck the national trend and boost that number by 20 per cent in a year, she said.

People who do operate a home daycare tend to do so only for a few years, which makes it a less stable form of child care, she added.

"Putting the stress on family home child care is not the preferred way to think about responding to the child-care needs of most Manitobans," Prentice said. "It's really tinkering with the margins of the problem and not addressing the core of the issue of access."

Last year, Wishart said the Conservatives were interested in creating more licenced private daycare spaces as a way to improve accessibility for parents. …

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