Local daycares seeing increased enrolment during teachers’ strike

Some daycares in town are feeling the crunch with more kids joining after school programs during the teachers' strike

Some daycares in town are feeling the crunch with more kids joining after school programs, as parents scramble to find entertainment for their kids during the teachers’ strike.

Jozie Mclean, manager of Discovery House on Alfred Avenue, said she has seen an increase in the number of kids in their after school program.

“It changes from year to year. We had a huge influx last September, but we didn’t have anywhere near this many kids as we do this year,” said Mclean.

Currently, Discovery House has 16 school-age children in their after school program, which has also been extended to the full day. In previous years, the program only had 10 kids.

According to Mclean, staffing levels have also been an issue.

“Most of my staff are going to college, so my subs who work through the summer have to go back to their preschool programs. Staffing is really tricky,” she said. “We’re kind of flying by the seat of our pants right now. Luckily, the weather has been nice so we go outside and go to the park a lot.”

Many employees have also had to work overtime.

“It’s difficult in the childcare world because it’s a stressful job, so working overtime you get really worn down by the end of the day,” said Mclean.

But some daycares haven’t seen as many new kids as Discovery House.

An employee with Growing Together Playhouse, also on Alfred Avenue, said they haven’t seen a major increase in enrolment and that the two children who were supposed to return to school will continue to stay in the program until the strike ends.

Independent schools in the area said they have seen a slight increase in new students, but said it isn’t because of the strike.

“Our enrolment numbers are steady from last year. The strike has had a negligible affect on enrolment,” said Chris Steenhof, principal of the Bulkley Valley Christian School.

Steenhof said they have roughly 25 new students this year, adding that most students signed up before the strike began.

He noted that international and exchange students, as well as students moving from out of town to attend the school are also included in those numbers.

“We have new students every year, that’s not new,” he said.

St. Joseph’s Catholic School also said they haven’t seen an increase in enrolment.

“Our philosophy is we don’t accept new registrations because of job action. After the job action is finished, if people want to come and inquire, then that’s fine,” said Rosemary McKenzie, principal of St. Joseph’s in a previous article in The Interior News.

Despite the added challenges, Mclean said kids are ready to be in a classroom again.

“The kids are really wanting to go back to school,” she said.

 

Just Posted

Cheng² Duo bring 17th century cello to Smithers

Young brother-sister team bring original classical arrangements inspired by some … classics

Is Terrace prepared for a rail disaster?

Council asked to review surge in dangerous goods movement: “I live in the blast zone,” says resident

Woman killed in head-on crash near Vanderhoof

RCMP say driver crossed the centre line and hit a loaded fuel tanker truck

RCMP to review actions at Wet’suwet’en pipeline protest camps

Senior Mountie says he hopes protests will be peaceful following deal with hereditary chiefs

‘Tripod’ delays access to Unist’ot’en camp

Social media rumours of cultural significance quashed, meaning police “exclusion zones” should end.

First Nation supporters march to Horgan’s MLA office

Dozens marched across the Greater Victoria community of Langford to support the Wet’suwet’en people

Condo rental bans on way out with B.C. empty home tax

Many exemptions to tax, but annual declarations required

Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson ‘feeling good’ after knee injury

Pettersson said he wasn’t feeling any pain during Wednesday’s skate

Kentucky canoe outfit borrows photo of Trudeau family to market business

They are in a red canoe, all clad in life jackets, and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and Ella-Grace are waving

Ratfish generates social media buzz on Vancouver Island

Boneless, glowing creature a common bycatch, but it usually stays in deep waters – fish expert

UPDATE: Liberal bows out of byelection after singling out Jagmeet Singh’s race

Karen Wang says she made comments online that referenced Singh’s cultural background

Daredevil changes game plan to jump broken White Rock pier

Brooke Colby tells council daredevil event would help boost waterfront business

B.C. storm totals $37M in insured damages

The December storm wreaked havoc on B.C.’s south coast

Pregnant B.C. firefighter tries to save own house that caught fire

Julia Flinton and Anthony Sellars both worked on the 2017 wildfires

Most Read