OTTAWA, Oct. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - A new website aimed at helping parents
navigate Canada's hit-and-miss child care patchwork was launched today.
A buyer beware approach is necessary just as a surge of revelations
about the risks of unknown, unregulated child care arrangements has
drawn public attention in recent months. Findingqualitychildcare.ca informs parents about child care basics.
"Confusion reigns about which child care is regulated, what's legal and
what isn't, and what kind of oversight regulations actually provide,"
said Martha Friendly, Executive Director of the Child Care Resource and
Research Unit. "Many parents don't know that all provinces have
regulations and oversight for some home child care or that unlicensed
full-day child care centres are not legal."
Recently a flood of children's deaths and media coverage of risky child
care situations, including children left alone, marijuana grow-ops and
a mother taking out an ad to warn other parents, has drawn new
attention to the pitfalls of trying to find and pay for quality care.
"Affordable high quality child care is a scarce resource in Canada and
families are pretty much on their own," said Cindi Foreman, CUPW 2nd National Vice-President. "This website should help, but public
education is by no means a substitute for a real child care system."
The website, in English and French, provides information about child
care in each province/territory such as key regulations, which child
care is required to be regulated and a detailed checklist parents can
use when looking at child care settings. It also includes a 20-minute video showing high quality child care centre environments. The website and
video were developed by the Childcare Resource and Research Unit and
the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.
SOURCE: Canadian Union of Postal Workers
For further information:
Martha Friendly, Executive Director Childcare Resource and Research Unit
www.childcarecanada.org , firstname.lastname@example.org, (c) 416.562.7579
Cindi Foreman, CUPW 2nd National Vice-President
www.cupw.ca, email@example.com, 613.236.7238 / (c) 613.294.7645