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More childcare spots open in HRM

By Caitlin Snow Apr 21, 2023 | 1:00 PM

If you are looking for an opening at a Childcare Centre, more have opened up in HRM.

500 spots were planned, and some are now available thanks to provincial and federal funding.

“We are proud of our work to transform the delivery of childcare in Nova Scotia, with more spaces across the province and lower costs to families,” said Premier Tim Houston. “This is part of our commitment to Nova Scotia families to make life more affordable.”

For families in the Preston area, the East Preston Childcare Centre recently opened eight new infant spaces and 30 spots for school-aged children and will add 60 new toddler spaces at the Akoma Family Centre in Dartmouth.

In Fall River, construction of the new YMCA Fall River Early Learning Child Care Centre is underway. It will have 85 spaces -16 for infants, 45 for toddlers and 24 for preschoolers – and they are expected to open this summer.

“We know that access to childcare is one of the biggest issues facing Nova Scotia families with young children. That’s why we are committed to expanding spaces and ensuring families have access to high-quality, affordable childcare across the province.”
– Becky Druhan, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development

Other planned expansions in the Halifax region and their expected openings include:
— Maritime Muslim Academy Preschool, Halifax peninsula – 42 new spaces (10 infant, 32 preschool); spring
— Edward Jost Children’s Centre, Spryfield – 76 new spaces (20 infant, 24 toddler, 32 preschool) in addition to the spaces recently opened; spring
— First Lake Early Learning Centre, Lower Sackville – eight new infant spaces; spring/summer
— Bayers Westwood Day Care Centre, Halifax – six new infant spaces; summer
— Dartmouth Day Care Centre – 34 new spaces (14 infant, 20 toddler); fall
— Maritime Muslim Academy, Clayton Park – 100 new spaces (20 infant, 32 toddler, 48 preschool); fall.

Quick Facts:
— in 2022, Nova Scotia reduced parent fees for childcare by 50 per cent on average, and is on track to achieve $10 a day on average by 2026
— 1,500 new centre-based and family home child-care spaces are being created across the province
— planning is underway for hundreds more before and after school spaces in schools to provide a seamless day of care for young children
— Nova Scotia has increased its investment in early learning and childcare by $83 million, for a total investment of $277 million in 2023
— through the Canada-wide agreement with Nova Scotia, the Government of Canada is contributing $605 million over five years for early learning and childcare in the province

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