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A crash course in daycare

The Story

Many people still think of daycare as little more than glorified babysitting, but not Peter Jordan. The host of the CBC's It's A Living spent a day working in a day-care centre where he had to contend with separation anxiety, naptime and how to remove a kid from your legs. This CBC Television clip follows Jordan as he learns a thing or two about the life of a daycare. 

Medium: Television
Program: Midday
Broadcast Date: Jan. 25, 1995
Host: Tina Srebotnjak
Reporter: Peter Jordan
Duration: 5:08

Did You know?

. Unlike Peter Jordan, a worker in a government-licenced daycare typically requires a degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE). Private or unregulated daycares operate under provincial health and safety laws but are not required to employ ECE-trained workers.

. A veteran CBC producer and host, Winnipegger Peter Jordan is best known for his long-running series It's a Living. The show began in 1995 as a segment on CBC Television's Midday. Buoyed by its popularity with viewers, the segment graduated into its own series in 1997.

. The show, which ran for seven seasons, featured Jordan trying his hand at a wide variety of jobs including animal chiropractor, baby photographer, cattle rancher, and a spoof of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta called "The Redneck Games."
. Jordan was born on Feb. 16, 1952, in Winnipeg and boasts a master's degree in religious studies. Prior to It's a Living he hosted a popular variety show called The Rocki Rolletti Show which featured a spoof rock and roll band with Jordan as lead singer.

. Jordan has also won two Gemini awards for Best Host.
. 2003-2004 was the final season for It's a Living. Since then Jordan has continued to write, host and produce documentaries and features for television. He also reports on various human interest stories for Canada Now in Winnipeg.
. Though he appears in this clip to be befuddled by the prospect of working with kids, Jordan and his wife have two sons of their own.

. To learn more about Winnipeg's daycare system, go to the additional clip "Raising our children in basements".  


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