Child Care Tips: Get on the Wait List ASAP

Child Care Tips: Get on the Wait List ASAP

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Child care facilities in 28 Canadian cities were recently surveyed to find out about the state of child care across Canada. The results?

In almost all the cities surveyed at least 70% of centres reported maintaining a wait list of some kind. Only Calgary, Edmonton and Surrey have relatively fewer centres reporting maintaining a wait list.
— Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (2016)

How long you’ll be on the wait list is another question.

Looking for daycare options in Winnipeg, many centres will inform you their wait times for a space are in the range of 18 months to 2 years. See what other parents across Canada have to say in this Global News report, 'Not enough spaces’: Families share child care wait-list nightmares.

Start your search for child care early.

As soon as you find out you’re pregnant, or decide to go back to work or return to your education, put your child on the wait lists of several daycares. The sooner you get on wait lists the more likely you’ll be to have a daycare option when you need it.

Provinces and territories offer various child care supports to you. Depending on where you reside, you may have access to help finding child care, subsidies, and information about the types of child care offered in your area. Visit your provincial/territorial government’s website to find out what support is available to you.

You may also wish to learn more at findingqualitychildcare.ca by reading your provincial/territorial child care profile. Remember to also verify information on your government’s website, as sometimes policies and programs change. Your government’s website should have the most up to date information.

Finding reliable child care is a job readiness milestone for new moms (and dads too!). When you have care you can confidently rely on, it opens up space in your life to focus on your professional pursuits. If you have plans for employment or self-employment post-baby, be prepared for your transition back to work by signing up for child care wait lists today.

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