Child Care in Rural New Brunswick

Wednesday, July 28 2010

Child Care in Rural New Brunswick

"Why do child care centers close even when there is a demand for services? A child care operator from Norton, who for the past 18 months has been running a centre with her sister, serving children from up to 40 km away, said: "Not a day goes by that it's not at the back of my head, what am I doing here, why do I do this everyday? We work 60-hour weeks, until 5 months ago we paid ourselves nothing, we still don't pay ourselves a whole heck of a lot... I have government regulations that yes, I need and I would never do this unlicensed, but I spend I don't know how many hours a day on paperwork, but we're so small, we don't have time for paperwork, because we're so rural..."

She says they stay in the business because of the children they enjoy working with and the parents they feel they are helping, "but between the $5,000 a year for transportation and assistance, and battling or competing with local babysitters..."

A child care worker said "where we have to charge $30 a day for an infant because we are only allowed 3 infants for 1 staff, a person in the home can have 5 babies, 10 after-school and heaven only knows how many 2 year olds...I go and help do the van run that we have to pick up kids after school and I see women going out of that school with 10 or 12 children tagging along with them, how do you compete with that?...That one person that is at home babysitting is making a fortune everyday and we're getting
$6 an hour"...

 Quotes from a public meeting on child care services in rural N.B., held in
Sussex by the Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Sept. 25, 2003.

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