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Sur­rey Board of Trade Ad­vo­cacy Pro­gresses with Con­tin­ued Qual­ity Child­care In­vest­ments by the BC Gov­ern­ment - An­nounce­ment for New Teach­ing Net­work for Early Child­hood Ed­u­ca­tors

- Society · Parenting · Professional Development · Family · Employment · British Columbia · Surrey

On Fe­bru­ary 3, the BC Gov­ern­ment an­nounced that early child­hood ed­u­ca­tors (ECES) will now ben­e­fit from an ex­panded pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment pro­gram geared to ex­plor­ing the lat­est child care teach­ing philoso­phies, cur­ricu­lums and tech­niques. Run by the Early Child­hood Ped­a­gogy Net­work (ECPN), a $2-mil­lion in­vest­ment will al­low 32 teach­ing spe­cial­ists – known as ped­a­gogists – to be hired around the prov­ince. This im­proves ac­cess to pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment for ECES and boosts the qual­ity of child­care for chil­dren and fam­i­lies. Each ped­a­gogist will work with up to 45 ECES in their area through com­mu­nity hubs at eight post-sec­ondary in­sti­tu­tions, 10 child care re­fer­ral cen­tres and seven In­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties, in part­ner­ship with the BC Abo­rig­i­nal Child Care So­ci­ety. “The de­mand for qual­ity child care con­tin­ues to in­crease, due to the po­ten­tial ben­e­fits of peer so­cial­iza­tion, school readi­ness, and nu­mer­acy and lan­guage skills,” said Anita Hu­ber­man, CEO, Sur­rey Board of Trade. “In Sur­rey, there is a wide­spread short­age of qual­i­fied, well-trained ECE work­ers. Be­cause of this short­age, op­er­a­tors are less strin­gent in hir­ing and vet­ting prac­tices.”

“We are pleased that there will be two teach­ing spe­cial­ists – known as ped­a­gogists – to be lo­cated at Op­tions Com­mu­nity Cen­tre for the Delta, Sur­rey, and White Rock area,” said Anita Hu­ber­man.

The Sur­rey Board of Trade’s spe­cific ad­vo­cacy to the BC Gov­ern­ment for the last ten years has been to:

1. Pro­vide more fund­ing to ad­e­quately train Early Child­hood Ed­u­ca­tors that have been ex­empted to date;

2. Im­prove ac­cess to child care by in­tro­duc­ing a new cap­i­tal bud­get to pur­chase and build pub­licly- owned child care fa­cil­i­ties;

3. En­hance child care qual­ity and ad­dress the recruitmen­t and re­ten­tion cri­sis in the child­care sec­tor; and,

4. Re­duce child care fees for fam­i­lies.

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