Cowichan group calls for public system for early care and learning
Early childhood educators in the Cowichan Valley are hoping a new plan will go over well with parents, educators and the government.
They've come up with an Early Care and Learning strategy that would blend daycare and education at a young age.
The chair of the Cowichan branch of B.C.'s Early Childhood Educators, Mary Dolan, told SunFM News the two should go hand in hand.
“It is fair for parents who choose to go to work, have to go to work, for any reason need care for their child during any part of any day during the week, that those children also have a right to publicly funded systems, affordable high quality early care and learning systems.”
Dolan said the future plan would see early childhood educators, who now mainly get diplomas, getting university degrees and working alongside teachers in private and public schools.
The group is holding several information sessions in May and June to explain the Early Care and Learning plan. They're due to present their strategy to North Cowichan council at a meeting May 22.
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