Abolish Highly Restrictive Unregulated Home Daycare Ratio Regulations
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In January of 2017, changes were made to Prince Edward Island's Early Learning and Child Care Act. One of the major changes that has had a significant and growing negative effect on home daycare providers and parents is the regulations regarding ratios, or the amount of children that a single care provider is permitted to have in his or her care at any given time. Formerly, the regulations stated that in a mixed age group including at least 1 school age child, a provider could have up to 6 children with no more than 2 being under the age of 2 years. A provider was not required to include their own school aged children in their ratio. The changes now require the provider to include their own school aged children who are under the age of 10 and allow a maximum of 5 children of preschool and school age with only 1 infant. If no other ages are present, they can care for 2 infants alone. Just when we thought finding space in a home daycare setting couldnt get any harder, providers are being forced to eliminate multiple spaces, the majority of them being infant spaces which were already near impossible to come by. Providers incomes have been lowered drastically, wait lists are growing and it is taking longer to reach the top. Families are living off of one income and just getting by because one parent has no choice but to stay home and care for their child(ren). We are the only province in all of Canada with such tight restrictions and are in the midst of a major crisis when it comes to child care. If something isn't done soon famililies, society and our economy will greatly suffer. Please help me spread the word and work towards making a change!
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