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Construction is expected to begin on a new North End childcare facility in early 2016.
On Sept 15, family services minister Kerri Irvin-Ross and education minister James Allum announced a new child care centre will be built at King Edward Community School, located at the corner of Selkirk Avenue and Arlington Street in the Burrows Central neighbourhood.
The 3,300-square-foot facility, to be built on top of a parking lot on school grounds, will include 32 preschool spaces and eight infant spaces. Another 15 spaces for older children will continue to be offered at the school.
"There are multiple benefits," Irvin-Ross said. "For parents, knowing that your child is going to be in a licensed care facility supervised by quality staff and being delivered a curriculum that has been developed by Manitoba Early Childhood Education, that’s really important.
"For the children, being so close to school is an easy transition from preschool into the school system. I think it’s the heart of the community and that’s really what’s important. There are a number of homeowners around here and we need to make sure they have access to good quality childcare."
The new childcare centre will be operated by KEEP (King Edward Extension Program) Child Care Inc., which is currently located across the street from the school. KEEP executive director Cindy Pauls said the day care, which has been in operation since 1984, has always co-operated with the school, but more so in the last three years.
"This new era of closeness began with the school play yard (opened in summer 2014). We were included in the planning and more than encouraged to use. The use of this new play yard has been a life saver for our current centre as we’re challenged with no outdoor play space," Paul said.
The new facility will also allow KEEP to expand into uncharted childcare territory.
"KEEP has never been licensed for infants and we look forward to fulfilling this need in the community as we expand to have eight infant spaces and 32 additional preschool spaces," Pauls said.
"The community has let us know that there is a demand for spaces and we’ve had a consistent waiting list of over 100 children since I began as executive director in 2003."
The design for the new facility has been approved and Winnipeg School Division is moving forward with the tendering process.
The cost for the new childcare centre was not provided at the press conference, nor was an estimated completion date.
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