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Urgent daycare need in Waverley West

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Searching for a daycare anywhere in Manitoba can be challenging. 

It’s even more difficult to find a daycare in Waverley West, as there are limited gamily or group child care homes in the area and there are currently no child care centres or nursery schools, which could largely be due to a lack of elementary schools, community centres or any other available spaces. 

If you happen to live in the area and have a child, it can be extremely frustrating and time-consuming to find a suitable daycare. And when you have a child who needs
additional resources, it can be a nightmare. 

One area resident has a child who was recently diagnosed with developmental concerns. The child has attended two different group daycares (both a distance from the Waverley West area) as there isn’t anything available nearby. Unfortunately, neither daycare has additional staff to assist with a child who requires one-on-one attention. 

The provincial government has created a website so residents of Manitoba can do a licensed child care search and it also allows parents to place their names on waiting lists for any available spots at any number of facilities in the Fort Garry area. 

Unfortunately, the resident in question has been on the waiting list at many of the local (and not so local) daycare options but none have had any availability for full or part-time care. It’s reaching the point at which the child’s current daycare may not be able to accommodate the child and then what option does the family have? 

Furthermore, if a child does require special assistance or one-on-one attention, he or she can only receive this assistance when attending a not-for-profit daycare.

 It was announced some time ago that the Cairn Children’s Centre at École R.H.G. Bonnycastle School is in the process of adding  up to 74 additional pre-school spaces but the spaces may not be available for another year. Even then, the centre is not located directly in Waverley West. 

Within Bridgwater Forest there is land set aside for a school but it will not be used for this purpose, so one suggestion would be to develop a community centre with daycare spaces to accommodate the local need — for this family and all other families with young children in Waverley West.

Kristi Anaka is a community correspondent for Waverley West. You can contact her at kristianaka@gmail.com

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