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Kirby says increased N.L. child care subsidy will improve quality

Education Minister Dale Kirby speaks to children at the Pitter Patter Daycare in Conception bay South Thursday. Kirby was at the daycare to announce increases to the provincial child care subsidy.
Education Minister Dale Kirby speaks to children at the Pitter Patter Daycare in Conception bay South Thursday. Kirby was at the daycare to announce increases to the provincial child care subsidy.

Education Minister Dale Kirby said a $1.3 million hike to the wage subsidy for early childhood educators won’t make daycare any cheaper for parents, but it will improve the qualify of the services.

Kirby made the announcement in Conception Bay South Thursday afternoon, at the Pitter Patter Daycare.

Kirby is fond of talking about the metaphorical “three-legged stool” of childcare — quality, availability and affordability.

The extra money which government will pay qualified early childhood educators, Kirby said, will more adequately reflect their qualifications, and it’ll assist daycares with recruitment and retention of staff.

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The $1.3 million is a 20% increase in funding over last year, going from $6.5 million to $7.8 million.

After speaking to the media, Kirby went to read “Chicken, Pig, Cow” to the children at the daycare.

 

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