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Strike childcare options offered

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

YMCA worker leading kids in an activity. (Trevor Meier photo)

YMCA worker leading kids in an activity. (Trevor Meier photo)

The Greater Vancouver YMCA is putting up 1,100 childcare spots across the region in case the teachers’ strike carries into the new school year. 

Kelly Walker, spokeswoman for the YMCA, said on Thursday the organization typically provides before- and after-school care for close to 800 kids.

It’s now trying to get permission from school boards to use some sites within schools to boost the number of kids.

Walker said there will be one leader for every 10 children. The daycare — provided between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. — costs $15 for YMCA members and $30 for non-members.

The B.C. Ministry of Education has promised a $40 per day, per child, allowance if the strike goes into September.

Both the allowance and the childcare spots are only good for kids up to 12 that are scheduled to go to school.

There’s still plenty of room — at noon Thursday, only 31 people have signed up. A waitlist will be used.

“There are many unknown factors which impact how the wait list will work,” Walker said.

“Once the details of the strike are made public, we will immediately call each parent on the wait list and do everything we can to provide a spot to each child.”

Licensed YMCA locations are present in Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, Coquitlam and Chilliwack. There is one unlicensed location in Surrey.


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