The teacher shortage in BC Child Care is at a crisis point.
Child care programs are operating without licensed teachers, running with "exemptions" from the licensing department so that the child care program can remain open.
Teachers who are unable to take a day off to see a doctor because there are no substitutes. Teachers are coming in to work sick just to be able to keep doors open.
There is a continual turnover of teachers within child care programs, causing stress and harm to our children.
Teacher shortages and teacher turnover decrease the quality of care, and increase stress on the teachers who remain within the classroom. For many operators, the only option remaining is to reduce operating hours or close child care spaces.
With the Fee Reduction Initiative, the BC NDP now controls all income sources available to child care programs. Child care programs have no source of revenue outside of fees and the CCOF/CCFRI programs.
With the expansion of 22,000 child care spaces, the need for ECE teachers has significantly increased. An additional 4,000 teachers are needed just to keep these expanded spaces running, while the problem with our current spots remains unresolved.
With these actions, the BC NDP has ensured that the BC government is responsible for addressing the ECE Teacher Shortage.