Manitoba Liberals Secure School-Age Programming for Early Childhood Education 

May 11, 2021

Treaty 1 Territory, Métis Homeland, Winnipeg, MB - The Manitoba Liberals successfully amended the PCs child care legislation, introducing a new requirement that early learning and child care centres in Manitoba will have to offer school-age programming.

The Manitoba Liberals worked in consultation with the Manitoba Child Care Association to craft the amendments that passed in the legislature today.

"This means that Manitoba early learning and childcare workers are going to be recognized in Manitoba for what they are - educators," said Cindy Lamoureux, MLA for Tyndall Park and Liberal Early Learning and Childcare Critic. "We hope that this is the first step of many to ECE workers getting the recognition and pay they deserve."

The Manitoba Liberal amendments add the definition of a school age learning program, and requires that "a licensed provider who provides care and supervision of one or more school age children at a centre must provide an approved school age learning program as part of the care and supervision."

Manitoba Liberals official policy is to move Early Learning and Child Care under the Department of Education.

"The importance of ECE workers who are trained in education and child development can't be overstated - both in supporting parents, and providing care and teaching for children," said Dougald Lamont, Manitoba Liberal Leader.

 


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