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Consultation on “Early Years & Family Centres” on Saturday

(via City of Ottawa)

The Ontario Ministry of Education is transforming the way services for children 0 to 6 years are delivered in the province. In 2018, all child and family programs funded by the Province will become part of one unified system of services and supports for children ages 0 to 6 and their families. These will be called Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres (OEYCFCs). Continue reading


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Long-time nursery school teachers set to retire

(Photo: Sue Blackhall (left) and Judy Starr are two teachers at Stittsville Co-Operative Nursery School who are retiring this year after many years of working at the facility.  Photo by Barry Gray.)

“Goodbye my joy!”

In response, chubby little hands and arms reach out to encircle nursery school teacher Sue Blackhall before running off.

For the past 23 years, Blackhall has been teaching children and preparing them to enter school in a home away from home at the Stittsville Cooperative Nursery School (SCNS.) Continue reading


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Brown Bear owner wants a level playing field for private daycares

EDITOR’S NOTE: Tamara Brown (photo above by Barry Gray) owns the three Brown Bear Day Care centres in Stittsville. In Part 1 of our interview, she explained how all-day kindergarten is hurting daycare centres in our area.  

In Part 2, she gives an overview of several other issues affecting her and other local day care facilities, including new provincial licensing standards and different rules for non-profit vs. private centres in how funding and subsidies are allocated.

We’d like to hear from other parents and childcare providers about their experiences with daycare, and how the various issues are affecting you. You can email us at feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca or add your comments below.

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LETTER: Complaints about all-day kindergarten are ironic

Re: All-day kindergarten hits local daycare centres hard

It is ironic that Brown Bear is complaining about full day kindergarten. I ran a home daycare in Stittsville for seven years until Brown Bear, three daycares, and the multitude of other daycares started opening. Then our supply of children went way down because of those daycares and I had to close my daycare and find work outside of the home.

As a coincidence I found that work as a RECE in full day kindergarten, so it seems they are now feeling the sting that the home daycares felt when they opened their three daycares, and now they have to adjust like we did.

Debbie Langford, Stittsville


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All-day kindergarten hits local daycare centres hard

EDITOR’S NOTE: Since October, at least three long-standing daycare facilities in Ottawa have shut down: Mini Muffins in Kanata, Tupper Tots in Nepean, and St. Elias Child Care and Family Resource Centre in Mooney’s Bay.

The exact reasons behind each closure is different, but a common thread is the recent introduction of all-day kindergarten (ADK) into Ontario schools. ADK has syphoned 3-, 4- and 5- year olds away from private and public daycare facilities and into the school system. Many daycare centres have been struggling to cope with the loss of clientele, because fees from older children help offset the cost of care for infants and toddlers, which is much more labour-expensive to provide.

Tamara Brown owns three Brown Bear Day Care facilities in Stittsville. In She says that ADK is just one of several major changes in policy that is affecting local daycare centres. Other challenges include new provincial licensing standards, and different rules for non-profit vs. private centres in how funding and subsidies are allocated.

We’d like to hear from other parents and childcare providers about their experiences with daycare, and how the various changes are affecting you. You can email us at feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca or add your comments below.

Photos by Barry Gray. Continue reading


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LETTER: Clarification on Mini Muffins closure

Re:  Parents lose cash and scramble for childcare after Mini Muffins closure, October 20

I am writing to you with concern for the article you published with regards to the sudden closing of the Mini Muffins Pre-school.  I only became aware of the public notice on December 23, 2014.  It’s unfortunate that not all family members were made aware of  the closure and with the passing of both my father and mother, this is the first time I have been able to address this publication; specifically this particular quote published by my sister, Susan Martello. Continue reading


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Parents lose cash and scramble for childcare after Mini Muffins closure

Dozens of parents were scrambling to find alternate daycare arrangements after the sudden closing of Mini Muffins Preschool (MMP) in Kanata over the weekend.

One parent who did not want to be identified told StittsvilleCentral.ca that she’s lost about $1,000 she had already paid for daycare services until the end of October.

As many as 100-120 children could be affected by the closure. Continue reading


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LETTER: “Mini Muffins Preschool was a big part of the community”

Mini Muffins Precshool has closed its doors.  Located in Katimavik, the facility served many Stittsville families.  The closure was sudden. Staff only found out on Friday (some via email) and several parents told us that they found out on the weekend and will be searching for new daycare arrangements on Monday morning.  We received this letter from a former employee of Mini Muffins. Continue reading


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