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What is a suggestion you have to enhance or improve your child's child care experience?

almost 4 years ago

We want to know what can be improved when addressing child care service delivery in Richmond.

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  • Fiona almost 4 years ago
    More affordable daycare and more 0-3 age daycare vacancies. (The wait list for infant daycare programs in East Richmond is at least 1-2 years at larger licensed facilities.) Also, I think our childcare support workers do not get paid enough for the work that they do. I notice a lot of staff turnover at my child's group daycare facility. Maybe if the staff were paid better they would stay longer.
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    • BM almost 4 years ago
      Not sure if my kid was in the same daycare, but I notice that as well. I believe some work there for free just to get experience for their license.
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  • BM almost 4 years ago
    More child care that fits our needs.
    -more daycare for infants, mat leave is only a year,
    but not that many day care has opening.
    -for child that needs more attention
    -schedule that meets parents work schedule (weekends or longer hours)
    -control of daycare rates, so that won't charges as much, instead of subsidies
    -support for daycare giver. We do appreciate them for the hard work.
    -single parents program
    -after school care for school age kids
    -support for people who is enrolled in ECE programs.

    Richmond population is rising and still growing, but the child care service doesn't grow fast enough to meet the needs.
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  • peace almost 4 years ago
    More EA support worker for kid's with disabilities especially for families that both parents work full-time. My child is a Type 1 diabetic and it is so hard to work fulltime and constantly worrying your child is safe. You have to go to each field trip that your child goes too makes it hard to balance work because there is not enough funding for EA. You have to be on-call for 24 hrs. Especially during summer break where you sign up your kid in a program but no support in case there is an emergency.
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  • Janet almost 4 years ago
    more funding, more flexible hours and days. especially in summer and winter break.
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  • Mandy Au almost 4 years ago
    Opens on weekends too because some parents work on weekends. Also 4 days program, because most childcares only provide 2,3 or 5 days.
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  • Hope almost 4 years ago
    Many things make a positive childcare experience; quality educators, management that cares about the early childhood educators providing the care and the children, a clean welcoming environment, toys that are clean and not broken, a great support system for the educators who can't clean toys and watch over the children, a great curriculum to support the learning levels of the children, babysitting is not what children need.
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  • camcpher almost 4 years ago
    more out of school serviced within the school that they go to.

    Mandatory support workers in all licenced group facilities.

    If no support worker, a place where special needs can go so that families can work. Why not put an Out of school care for special needs in the Pacific Autism Centre and any spare spaces can go to typical kids. I bet many typical parents would want their kids to attend a more supported environment for their kids too.
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  • Chrystal almost 4 years ago
    Subsidies for day care, preschools, elementary and high school summer day camps are very good support. More free parenting programs near home. Parents can have some guidelines through childhood to teenage.

    Government subsidies will be more useful in create a healthy childhood and teenage lifestyle, preventing trouble, instead of correct or fix the problem later.
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  • Chrystal almost 4 years ago
    Government provide more subsidies for day care, preschool programs, free or with subsidies after school care and other activities or lessons. After school care can provide some interests lessons. Employers who provide child care subsidies are tax free income for employees, and employers have tax benefit too.

    For only one of the parents working families, still qualify to obtain government subsidies for all the benefits from above. Children have more chances to experience different things.

    Healthy routine from childhood better than spend more time and money to correct in the future. Not only for parents, but also for society as well, Less trouble.
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  • Hw almost 4 years ago
    Better hours for Day camps in summer and other school holidays. It is not easy to find a day care that will take the kids for the various school holidays and Pro-D days. In summer time, many city's Day camps start at 10am. How would a working parent be able to drop off the kids at 10am and be able to go to work on time? Any day camp should have the early morning drop off service that starts at 7:30am or 8:00am. There are not many day camps in summer for kids with parents working 9-5.
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  • ClaireElizabeth almost 4 years ago
    Flexible hours! Everyone does not work 9 - 5.
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    • Hw almost 4 years ago
      Even someone works 9-5, the program will not work for most. When you factor in the commuting time for your work, you need child care service that is at least 8am to 6pm.
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  • cerevisiae almost 4 years ago
    Affordable spaces; more spaces; flexible hours to accommodate shift workers; more full day programs; quality, non-profit before and after school care at every elementary school; increased wages for ECE educators.
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  • xox almost 4 years ago
    Affordability, availability, flexible hours, more full day programs, childcare on site or adjacent to every elementary school, more before & afterschool care programs, central resource centre
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  • kimaru almost 4 years ago
    It would be helpful to a lot of families if childcare costs were more affordable. Also more licensed childcare centres that don't have long wait lists.
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  • amandaamanda almost 4 years ago
    There needs to be an expansion of the after school care programs for children with special needs. Youth Connections is a wonderful program but quite small. It would be hugely beneficial to many families to see this program expand.
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    • ClaireElizabeth almost 4 years ago
      After school and Before school care needs to be expanded for all children." Latch key kids " should be a phenomena of the past.
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  • rosie46 almost 4 years ago
    Ideally, a provincially mandated and subsidized child care program would be best. Even if it's subsidized by 10%, this would help pay for the higher pay for ECEs and assist with the high cost of childcare in an already expensive city. Having more child care centres with programs that help the children prepare for school is a huge need - the waitlists in Richmond are too long.
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  • Aidan almost 4 years ago
    Better pay for early childhood educators, the field is losing many qualified and dedicated early childhood educators as they often are making below a living wage. Higher wages. I support ECEBC (ECEBC.ca) $20/hour strategy.

    Also more affordable fees, centres need more funding from government sources to help lower the monthly fees associated with childcare. As cost of renting space is skyrocketing, buying materials, paying teachers what they are worth - the cost goes back to the parents and becomes unaffordable.
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    • ruth almost 4 years ago
      Absolutely, I agree. Richmond should do all they can in their own jurisdiction to provide suitable spaces, and assistance and cooperation to the educators from other municipal workers. they should also be recommending that Provincial and Federal governments financially support a national day care system. With convenient, affordable and well-trained E.C. teachers for their children many young couples would be glad to live here. Realistically, that takes 2 incomes! Sensible adults check in to the availability of day care before they buy any living space.
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  • Cat almost 4 years ago
    More support for kids with special needs especially for newborn to preschool. Most of the families have to go to organizations outside Richmond for help.
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  • marsiane almost 4 years ago
    I think more resources should be available for parents who want to stay home and look after their own children instead of having other people involved.
    I feel a lot of children are losing out by having child care workers raising them. Instead of money for childcare centres perhaps this money could be given to mothers or fathers who wish to stay home and look after their children. I am not sure how this would work but I think it is something worth exploring.
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