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What is the impact child care has had on your family?

almost 4 years ago

We want to hear more about the impact child care has on families within our community.

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  • DL almost 4 years ago
    I was fortunate to find private childcare for my 3 children when they were younger. I worked only part time hours and needed some flexibility with my schedule and did not want to pay full time rates for 3 otherwise I would be basically working to pay for childcare. Flexibility is important, not everyone works M-F regular hours.
    As I have a youth with developmental delays, I happy this last year to have him involved in the Steveston United Peers program. This allows me to work outside of school hours. It is important to remember that childcare support is also needed for families with youth that are unable to be left alone and care for themselves because of their development delays and special needs.
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  • BM almost 4 years ago
    It is hard to find daycare that fits our schedule. Most of them close early, I have to change my work schedule to fit the daycare.

    The first daycare my son attended has opening, but I regretted putting him there.
    The boys at the daycare were really aggressive, I saw him getting stepped on and push when I pick him up. He has new bruises almost every week. I have a feeling that my child has picked up some of the other kids bad habits as well.
    Another thing is hygiene, I saw the care giver was sweeping the floor next to my child who was laying on the floor playing, that wasn't all, the worst part was there were ants crawling out when she swept.

    The good ones that friends recommended have long wait list. Unfortunately, I can't wait that long.
    I just recently put my child in another child care that is available. Hopefully everything will work out fine.
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  • Mandy Au almost 4 years ago
    Me and my husband work Tuesday to Saturday but my childcare doesn't open on Saturday
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  • camcpher almost 4 years ago
    What child care???? My son was denied access and not allowed to attend because a community centre of all places that should be prepared to meet the needs of the community and be inclusive, had no support worker in the morning. I've had to work only while he is in school, and take leave without pay as I'm a single mom. Thanks.
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  • Fiona almost 4 years ago
    - Informal education on development and growth/challenges from the childcare workers
    - Connections with child's friends and families
    - Community building for onsite and offsite events and volunteering
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  • Chrystal almost 4 years ago
    My first free parenting program was available near my home until my child turned 3. They provided babysitting too. No second time yet. Seeking for more free parenting programs. Daycare centers waiting list is too long and too expensive. I have to stay home babysit my child. I didn't know Strong Start until my child turned 2. My child finally got a chance to play with other similar age children and learn some school rules etc. Morning class begins at 8:45 am. It's too early for babies and toddlers, but some parents they drop off older children then stay for the younger ones. West Richmond begins at 9:30 am. I think is better, not so rush. However the spot is first come first serve is not guarantee. Also I have to be there because only one teacher.

    My child is attending a preschool program which located at Cambie Community Center. The program is only for two and a half hour. I only have time to go home make lunch then rush back for pick up. They don't have consecutive five days. They separated five days into 2 or 3 programs, morning and afternoon sessions. It's confusing and inconvenient. They don't have full day programs, limited availability. One class has insuite four toddler toilets and sinks and private play yard, Good. However, the other joint classrooms Don't have any insuite washrooms and private play yard.
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  • cerevisiae almost 4 years ago
    When my oldest child was 10 months old in 2007, I called EVERY licensed in-home daycare provider and group daycare provider in Richmond. There were 2 spots available for care, and people who had contacted the providers in a previous month were offered the spots and took them immediately. I ended up having to take a leave of absence from work and wait until a spot opened at UBC Daycare (I work at UBC). I would have preferred having my children in a Richmond daycare but that was just not possible. I put my name on many waiting lists back in 2007 - not a single one of those daycares called me later with a spot for my son. The state of daycare for infants and toddlers in Richmond is abysmal.

    Now that my children are school-age, it's not considerably better. I am lucky enough that a private, non-profit afterschool care provider operates out of our catchment school and I got spots for both my kids. However, there is a waiting list for spots. Our school is on the list for closure and if we lose our after-school care, we are out of options. The non-profit can't open at the school we'd most likely be relocated to as West Richmond runs a program from there - but there is a very long waiting list. I work at UBC from 8:30 to 4:30 - I can't drop the kids off at 8:42 and pick them up at 2:35 because I'd arrive at work at 9:30 and have to leave at 1:30. This means I'd have to consider having my kids walk home alone and wait for me to arrive home 3 hours later. They are not old enough for this yet. The before and after school care programs need to be widely expanded in Richmond, as all of them have significant waiting lists.
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  • xox almost 4 years ago
    Infant/Toddler care is in high demand, but it is also fairly costly between $1200 to $1600/month. That is equivalent to a rent/mortgage payment. As a single income family with a decent job, the expense of childcare is a need & places food as a want. It's a catch 22 can't go to work if I don't have childcare, but I can't afford childcare if I don't go to work. I reluctantly placed my 6 month old infant in childcare earlier than anticipated, because I didn't want to lose the opening. In turn I also ended up returning to work from maternity leave earlier than expected. My child could barely sit & only just started solids. I was still nursing & since we didn't have a private room in the office, I found myself spending my lunch hours in the bathroom pumping milk.

    Though I am within walking distance to 4 elementary schools, the availability of out of school care is limited. Average waitlist is approximately 2 years or more depending on the location. Children who have siblings already attending the centre take precedence over those do not even though they may be higher on the waitlist unless you plan far in advance. By the time my child was 1 years old, we were already on waitlist for both preschool/group care & out of school care. Though I live near family, we all work. I don't have the luxury of grandparents or in-laws able to take on the responsibility full-time. Preschool program is barely half day. It's more like 2 to 3 hours either morning or afternoon. Most out of school programs are only afterschool until 6pm. As a single parent, I can't work full time when school starts at 830/9am. Depending on the commute, I may only be able to work 7 hour day. One of the out of school care providers offers pick up service for children attending 4 different schools. There is no way they could get to all of them by the time class is dismissed. That means children are left unsupervised on school grounds until the provider arrives. Parents once again are caught in a tight spot where they either place faith on the provider to pick up as soon as possible & their child is mature enough to stay away from danger. Every elementary school should offer out of school care on site or adjacent to school grounds. I live in a highly sought after catchment school, yet I had to apply to a cross boundary school for the sole purpose of childcare. It not only was the only school closest to our home, but it was also the only one offering before & afterschool care. There are actually no out of school programs in my catchment. Aside from the one provider, other alternatives would require the parent to arrange for separate drop off/pick up. How many people have a job that will allow them to leave around 2/230pm & return an hour later to resume work?

    The child care that is currently available along with the type of care provided places parents in various predicaments. Do we sacrifice our child's development by keeping them at home to save on cost? Do we ask family to take on the responsibility of care when they should be enjoying retirement? Do we put our child's safety at risk because there is lack of supervision available for transition periods during the day? We encourage work/life balance, consistency & adequate sleep yet the norm is having children bounced from one place to the next to make ends meet.
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  • Roger almost 4 years ago
    What is the impact child care has had on your family?
    We live next to a daycare on McBurney Drive. Since the city granted a license for 10 kids under 4 to attend this daycare there has been nothing but excessive noise and street congestion. What started out as good neighbor’s has turned into an aggravated state.
    The City of Richmond Noise Regulation Bylaw No. 8856 lists Quiet Noise Zones having a residential decibel level between 55dBA to 65dBA. Decibel levels constantly reach over 100 at times with screaming kids. I use an iPhone app to measure the noise levels and sure it is not the calibrated meter that the City would use but you can’t tell me that a decibel meter would be out of calibration 100%.
    Vehicles are constantly parked across or protruding into my driveway, parking the wrong way and causing congestion at drop off and pick up times. We live on an elbow and cars coming down the street do not fully see improperly parked cars.

    Daycare workers are parking on the street all day.
    Did you know there is a three-hour parking time limit on city streets? The City's Traffic Control and Regulation Bylaw 5870 states:
    No person shall park a vehicle between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., on any highway abutting any premises used for residential or commercial purposes for more than 3 hours unless such premises are the property or residence of such person or the property of his employer.
    If someone other than yourself or someone living in your home parks directly in front of your residence for more than three hours during the day, this would constitute an infraction of the above bylaw. Your own vehicle(s) and guests are able to park more than three hours while directly adjacent to your own residence (but not for more than 48 hours without moving).
    I have spoken to the neighbor on numerous occasions to let them know they are excessively loud but this only lasts for a little while before the kids are screaming again.
    We are not averse to young children playing, but there was no consideration or consultation from the City that a daycare was being granted a license.

    I fully agree that there is a need for daycare facilities in Richmond. If the City is to grant daycare licensing in residential neighborhoods they the numbers should be regulated to 4-5 kids not 10.
    Taking into account that the daycare is allowed 10 kids and I would expect that for full time enrollment would cost parents at least $1200.00 per month. The daycare is making $12,000.00 per month. Tell me that this isn’t a commercial enterprise in a residential area. What is the City thinking?
    Why haven’t we reported this to bylaws before this. It will fall on deaf ears as the City is the one who is issuing the daycare licenses.
    All I can ask of the City. Please have a little more consideration for longtime residents and not using a knee jerk reaction to solve your daycare problem and reduce the daycare licenses to 4-5 instead of 10 kids.
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  • rosie46 almost 4 years ago
    We currently have 2 children in full time childcare so that we can both work. The challenge we have is the lack of availability for Childcare Centres with programs/curriculum that prepare children for school and eliminate the need for preschool. Our children are in a dayhome, and because they don't have a program in place that is stimulating enough, we also have them in preschool. Therefore the cost has increased a large amount, especially since we need the daycare to do the preschool drop off and pick up. I'm currently paying more than half of my salary for these services. With the high cost of living in Richmond, the added childcare cost make is very challenging indeed!
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