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Unlicensed daycare has a place

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Re: 'Babysitter' at daycare just 5: cops (July 10). I had a licensed home daycare for many years and loved my job. I have friends running unlicensed daycares who are wonderful providers, spending one-on-one time with the children in their care.

They also got their first aid in case of emergences. I hate to see unlicensed daycares all being painted by one brush. Parents need to ask a lot of questions, get referrals, and trust their gut instincts.

This case of a provider leaving the children alone is an exception, not the norm.

LORRAINE CLOUTIER

Winnipeg

 

My children are now almost grown, but when they were younger, my husband and I couldn't afford licensed daycare. We were about $100 to $200 above the income limit to qualify for government daycare support.

If it wasn't for unlicensed daycares, either my husband or I would've had to quit our jobs.

There is definitely a need for unlicensed daycares for those parents who are not poor enough to qualify for subsidized daycare but not rich enough to afford the price of licensed care.

PAT KRAHN

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 11, 2013 A14

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