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Childcare workers celebrated

May is Child Care Month in British Columbia
Wednesday May 11, 2011 — Kristian Partington

May is a month to honour growth in the world as we see the blossoms and blooms of spring come forth in nature’s great cycle of the seasons.

In British Columbia, it’s also a time to celebrate the role the province’s childcare providers play in the growth of our most important resource: our children.

May is Child Care Month in British Columbia, and Tanya Sather, executive director with the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion, sees the recognition as an opportunity to reflect on the important role early development plays in creating a more inclusive society.

“BACI is very proud to have our child care program as part of the association,” says Tanya, adding that a major focus of the association’s mandate is to support children of all abilities in an inclusive setting.

She says because BACI’s centres are fully inclusive, children of all abilities are able to grow in an environment where the seeds of a healthy understanding of inclusivity are planted.

“We think that all children playing together, learning together and growing together has great value for children with needs and children without needs, and it sets a great framework for entering school,” she says.

She says early intervention is also a major focus of the association and “child care has time and time again proved to be a strong port of early intervention.”

Approaches to inclusive child care opportunities, and child care in general, have evolved greatly over the course of BACI’s 50 years in existence, and today people see that the earlier exposure to inclusion begins, the easier it is for kids to understand what true inclusion looks like as they grow.

As Tanya looks to the future of child care, she says there’s still much progress to be made because not everyone embraces the idea of child care and it therefore remains privately funded.

Wages in the sector need to increase, she says, and so does access to service because “the work of early childhood educators is outstanding and makes a lifelong impact on the children they work with.”

If you have a story to share about an outstanding relationship in child care, please contact 800-294-0051, ext. 24, or e-mail kristian(at)axiomnews.ca.

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