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Daycare: How a nursery school is born

Daycare is now a fact of life for many Canadian families but for most of the past century it's been the subject of fierce debate. Turn-of-the-century day nurseries were considered little more than "child farms" by many, while politicians of the 1950s blamed juvenile delinquency on daycares and "crèches." More recently a debate has swirled around the merits of universal daycare versus traditional parenting. CBC Archives looks at the changing face of daycare, from its charitable beginnings more than a century ago to the ongoing fight for a federally funded system.

CBC Radio's domestic maven Kate Aitken profiles a successful nursery school in this 1948 clip.
Medium: Radio
Program: Kate Aitken
Broadcast Date: Sept. 27, 1948
Announcer: Mac McCurdy
Host: Kate Aitken
Duration: 4:21

Last updated: February 6, 2013

Page consulted on January 30, 2014

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