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This article was published 28/2/2013 (1521 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
As much as I appreciate Larry Kusch's story about the plight of parents seeking daycare in Manitoba (Provincial registry left mom in lurch, Feb. 27), I feel he did not examine one of the key problems with the registry.
As long as people are allowed to put their names down for dozens of daycares at a time, the registry is always going to be a bureaucratic nightmare. If parents are limited to selecting 10-20 daycares, it reduces the number of people each daycare has to wade through.
For the same reason, the registry needs to function so that once a person has accepted a spot, all their other requests are automatically cancelled, without exception.
With these two measures in place, the daycares are less likely to view the waiting lists as burdensome and the registry can function more efficiently.
If parents want to switch daycares once they have a spot for their child, they should have to begin a new request rather than holding onto their place on the waiting list "just in case."