Education Minister Encourages Participation In Child-Care Needs Consultation

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 11:43 AM

The province has launched a consultation for families and the regulated child-care sector.

It comes about a month after the government expanded pre-primary classes for four-year-olds.

Early childhood educators were hired to teach in all 50 classes in 43 locations across the province.

Education and and Early Childhood Development Minister Zach Churchill says the consultation process announced today will help the government better understand the child-care needs of families and the ability of providers to meet those needs.

He says right now only 1 in 4 families are able to access early child care opportunities.

"This about doing some labour market research to help the sector grow strategically in the areas that we need it to and also to help it transition to the new reality of having a new free,universal pre-primary program for Nova Scotians."

When the expanded program was announced, there was criticism from some operators that the government failed to consult with them.

Churchill says the first round of pre-primary classes were provided in areas of high need, where services aren't currently being provided.

He says out of 398 child-care providers they have only heard from 5 that have suggested that they have concerns.

Churchill says that shows how good the implementation of phase 1 has been.

Here is a link to the consultation survey: