Day Care Owner/Operators Welcome New Wage Enhancement for Staff
January 19, 2015
ADCO member Peekaboo Child Care Centre was pleased to welcome MPPs Harinder Malhi (Brampton Springdale), Vic Dhillon (Brampton West), and Amrit Mangat (Mississauga Brampton South) for a special announcement regarding a province-wide wage increase for Registered Early Childhood Educators working in the licensed child care sector.
The announcement took place at the Peekaboo Child Care Centre on Sandalwood Parkway in Brampton. The $1.00 per hour wage increase will take effect this month. A further $1.00 per hour wage increase is planned for next year. The Ministry of Education will work with its regional and municipal partners to provide this wage enhancement to eligible frontline child care staff. The stated purpose of the funding is help close a wage gap that exists between RECEs working in the public school system and those working in licensed child care settings.
Child care owner/operator Kathy Cunningham was pleased with both the news about the wage increase and the fact that the MPPs chose to make the announcement at a centre that is run as a small business. Registered Early Childhood Educators do tremendous work with Ontarios families and children. We appreciate the fact that the new wage enhancement funding will reach all RECEs including those employed in independent licensed child care centres. These small businesses and not-for-profits create jobs and provide crucial services to Ontario families.
We were encouraged by the fact that the Province chose to make such an important announcement at a licensed child care centre that is run as a small business, says Andrea Hannen, Operations Manager with the Association of Day Care Operators of Ontario. Our hope is that this signals a sincere effort on the part of the Ministry of Education to engage licensed child care programs in the small business sector in the forthcoming regulatory consultations associated with the recently passed Child Care Modernization Act.
ADCO has long advocated for RECEs to have access to career opportunities in a variety of settings, including the small business sector. For many RECEs, working in the independent licensed child care sector is an important step toward becoming a child care owner/operator. Any measure that makes it easier for RECEs to gain experience in licensed child care centres that are run as small businesses is great news, says Hannen. For more information contact
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