The group is building

February 24, 2008

There are over 150 members on the Facebook Site – thanks everyone – keep on asking your friends to join.

There  are 46 signatories to the petition The link shows you the comments – if you wish to remain anonomous you can do that. You can sign here.

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A Mother Speaks Out

February 19, 2008

Gail says it all


Your Voices – Comments from the Guardian

February 13, 2008

There is an article in the Guardian about the issue of less spaces – here is the link – what is even more interesting are the comments that follow. Here are some of them:

Darryl from PEI writes: Its interesting that Ms Hogan suggested in another article that We’re hoping, instead of every centre having one good early childhood educator, then if there was less centres then you would have more of a pool to pick from. So maybe I could have two or three really strong childhood educators, said Hogan.

If I was working within her facility I would wonder if I was the good one or not. If I was a parent I would wonder as well about her staff now being unmotivated due to her comments. I know my sons daycare has more than one strong staff member, they are all strong educators. Maybe Ms Hogan should concentrate on making sure she has happy staff instead of trying to limit her competition. I think her comments are a slap in the face to those people she employs and supposedly represents.

a parent of 2 from charlottetown, pei writes: I am just wondering about all the oversupply of spaces in the day cares, I am on a waiting list at 3 differant charlottetown days cares for months now. seems like all the top childcare centres are full..
…things that make me go hmmmm..

I agree from PE writes: Ok, so this time i do not agree. I don’t agree with the comments on keeping a parent home to look after the children. Also downsizing isn’t always an option.

We are a professional couple, with student loans to pay, along with regular bills. We do live in a small house.. 1100sq ft (no basement) and 5 of us. We only own one vehicle, and well there is still no option for one of us to stay home.

GIve your heads a shake. There is a problem with finding decent childcare. In some areas we need more centers, in others it should be regulated. I am not sure where they are finding the extra spaces or where the daycares are that are laying off staff, but they certainly can’t be within the Charlottetown or Cornwall areas, and if they are, there is probably a reason why parents don’t bring their children there.

I think the focus should be more on investing in QUALITY childcare, not making new rules for what is already there. Why bother spending time on this when things can be done about what is already there.

Being home would be a great option, if it were still the 50’s and fuel/groceries/mortgage/propane were priced as then as well. Its just not an option these days for most families.

sick from the drink writes: Part of my problem with all of this is that much of what we are hearing in support of this limitation comes sector representatives. So the Early Learning Operators of PEI support the changes that would limit the ability of others to open new daycares – those with existing childcare facilities are lobbying to prevent the creation of new childcare facilities. No kidding. What business owner wouldn’t want to prevent competition. So, let them state their case – but recognize that this lobby is heavily invested in the outcome, and can’t possibly be neutral in this issue.

The bottom line is that if a centre is well run and offering a good experience for the child, parents will put their children in that centre, regardless of whether or not the bargain bin centre down the road is a few bucks cheaper. The free market has its flaws, but promoting competition between businesses does provide give an incentive for businesses to meet the needs of their customers.

Oh, and to the folks who are slamming those who have kids in daycares, get over yourself. I make pretty decent money on a PEI scale and my wife stays home with our kids. But with only my income, and the ever-rising costs of owning/heating/maintaining a home, we are still barely able to make ends meet. And that is with a wage that is better than many others. The reality is that many families need two parents in the workforce just to pay the bills, and they don’t have family who are able or willing to meet their childcare needs.

Thersa M from PEI writes: This is old news folks. They tried to push this through back in the Fall. Now they are trying again only this time, they are being sneaky about it. ‘Extending the deadline’ to Feb 15th when many people did not even know that there was any consultation process going on.

Something is not right here. Why is the Department of Social Services even thinking of limiting spaces when the current system clearly does not work.

I agree with the person who said that we need quality and that we need to focus our attention on that point. A monopoly will not produce quality. Tried and true.

I say keep things open and encourage healthy competition. If weeding out needs to happen then let it happen naturally.

Our children will be the ones who benefit.

When a ‘social worker’ plays economist it hurts from laughing AND crying after, all, market intervention writes: Absolutely frightening that a social worker appears to be heading up a market intervention via limiting the number of facilities.

This is th esame approach used for lobster licences where prices were driven through th eroof for product and entry into the industry.

Ms. Jones ought to be aware that limiting access to free markets is not simply ‘protecting little people.’ As to her reference to Tim Horton’s – it’s highly inappropriate and unprofessional.

Moreover, if I was in the employ of Tim Horton’s, why couldn’t my children be able to attend a company sponsored facility?

If I wasn’t feeling so charitable, the word idiot would be rolling off my keyboard…

Kristine Nagata from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island writes: Placing a freeze on new childcare centres may impact a parents freedom to choose what they feel is most appropriate to the needs of their child. Could this decision cause complacency in the sector? The number of people entering the childcare field has declined – it’s been proven that low wages, lack of respect, and little support, have the greatest impact on staffing in the childcare sector. Until owners and/or operators improve wages and working conditions, there will continue to be a shortage of qualified childcares providers. It sounds as though one of ELOPEI’s concerns is that new centres are taking away from and jeopardizing the sustainability of existing programs. They feel they may lose children and staff to new facilities making them vulnerable. It begs the question, why do some childcare centres have vacant spaces while others have wait lists? What’s the real issue here?

Bitter from PEI writes: I don’t understand how they can say that 67% are operating under their capacity. When my maternity leave was up, I was still on several waiting lists for daycares, and had gone to see many private child care givers, none of whom I felt were suitable to be looking after children. Maternity leave is only one year, and very few daycares and even very few private childcare givers are willing to take in a one year old. So what’s a mom to do when faced with no choices? Do I send my child to a place that I find depressing after spending only twenty minutes there, or do I quit my job? Neither one is an ideal situation, however, for the sake of my child, I chose to quit my job and as a result, I can barely make ends meet. So thank you child care on PEI.