Interaction Weekly
Sep. 4, 2013

21st Annual AECENL Provincial Conference
AECENL
Conference Information Join us at the Holiday Inn, St. John's, NL October 18th, 19th, 20th, 2013 *Note: Conference Info and Registration also posted on our website in the calendar section and the homepage — www.aecenl.ca This year's conference promises to be the BEST one yet! Book early to avoid disappointment! More

Province now considering regulation of unlicensed home day cares
CBC News
The Saskatchewan government says it will now consider changes to regulate unlicensed home day cares. "By looking at all of these different options available to us including legislation we're going to do that," said Education Minister Russ Marchuk. "Because in my mind, if that's what best for children, that's what we have to do."More

Province must clamp down on unlicensed day cares
Metro
The provincial government's new consideration of changes to regulate unlicensed day cares is a positive step in child care, says the Saskatchewan Early Childhood Association (SECA). "We are very much in support of the government regulating unlicensed child care centres," Richard Cuttell, SECA's executive director, told Metro. "We would like to see all the child care centres throughout the province to be licensed."More

Ministers open to day care changes
The Starphoenix
Two Saskatchewan government cabinet ministers said that they are open to considering changes to the rules for unlicensed home day cares in the province. "If there's something that we can do to ensure safety of children and it's brought to our attention, it will be something that we will look at very quickly, saying, 'Is this the best thing to do?'" Social Services Minister June Draude told reporters at the Legislative Building.More

Officials seek partial replacement of Guelph day care closed due to asbestos concern
Guelph Mercury
A nursery school program is being considered as a way to partially offset the loss of a daycare centre in the neighbourhood of Willow and Dawson roads. The Willowdale Child Care and Learning Centre on Willow Road was closed in May after asbestos-containing vermiculite insulation was found inside the building. It had also closed a year earlier amid similar concerns, moving that time to a location on nearby Dawson Road. More

Child care advocate: Province now on right track
CBC News
A childcare advocate says the government is now on the right track when it comes to regulating unlicensed day cares. A CBC story shed light on concerns about private, unlicensed day cares. It pointed out that the government does not know how many there are, and it doesn't investigate complaints about caregiver negligence. Now Education Minister Russ Marchuk said the government will consider changes. The government says it's considering regulating those unlicensed day cares.More

What's really needed to raise children: More time, higher incomes
The Globe and Mail
My hat goes off to all hard-working parents, past and present. They raise kids with love, joy, sacrifice and frustration. My parents did. Still, the facts show that families raising young kids today are squeezed for time, income and services to a degree that is more constraining than a generation ago.More

Ministers open to day care changes
The Starphoenix
Two Saskatchewan government cabinet ministers said that they are open to considering changes to the rules for unlicensed home day cares in the province. "If there's something that we can do to ensure safety of children and it's brought to our attention, it will be something that we will look at very quickly, saying, 'Is this the best thing to do?'" Social Services Minister June Draude told reporters at the Legislative Building.More

AECE 2013 Conference information
AECE
Save the date! Get ready for the AECE 2013 Conference. Topics include: The hurried child, the power of play, building a good foundation and developing social competence in children. More

Thorncliffe's all-day kindergarten school offers bright, purpose-built space for 700
Toronto Star
Almost 700 children will line up outside the Fraser Mustard Early Learning Academy for their first day of classes at one of Canada's largest all-kindergarten schools. The 685 kindergarteners will hold tight to a rope while teachers at the new school in Thorncliffe Park guide them up wide and shallow stairs and into one of the 26 big, bright classrooms where everything — except the toilets — is spacious yet kiddie-sized.More

There's a child care shortage in Canada, but not in Dawson Creek
890 CDJC
The Kiwanis Child Care Centre in Dawson Creek is currently facing a shortage of enrolled children. They have room for 65 a day and so far the children showing up on a daily basis is merely half of their capacity. "Dawson Creek is a little bit different because say for example even in Fort St John the group daycares even home daycares up there have really large waiting lists so you have to get your kids on there before you can even get them into the daycare so you have to wait for space so at our daycare we don't have any waiting list right now and we actually have a lot of space we can have up to 65 kids throughout the whole centre," said Ashley Foden, Manager of Kiwanis Child Care Centre.More

Child care in the age of divorce
National Post
When it comes to values, Quebecers don’t diverge from the rest of Canadians only on the issue of religious freedoms. They also exhibit strong differences when it comes to caring for young children. A new study by the Institute for Marriage and Family Canada has found that residents of Quebec are the least likely, from among all polled Canadians, to prefer parental or family care to day care.More