Nfld. & Labrador

Co-operative daycare in the works for Port aux Basques

Parents in Port aux Basques may have more childcare options next year if plans go ahead for a new co-operative daycare centre in the town.
The steering committee for a new Port aux Basques co-operative daycare is hopeful that the centre will be operating by next September.

Parents in Port aux Basques may have more childcare options next year if plans go ahead for a new co-operative daycare centre in the town.

More than 70 children in the west coast community are still in need of daycare, according to Cory Munden.

He's part of the steering committee for the new centre and CEO of Leading Edge Credit Union, which is backing the initiative.

"That would be a combination of children who aren't getting any daycare services and a situation where a grandparent is looking after a child and it's touch and go," said Munden.

"Even in my own situation, I have a two-year-old and I resort to my mother to look after the child because there is very limited structured daycare services in our community."

In a co-operative daycare model, the centre would be owned and operated by the parents who use it.

Munden said this would mean lower prices for parents and higher quality childcare.

"In a co-operative, you remove profitability from the ultimate goal. The ultimate goal then shifts to the delivery of quality services."

There has been a lot of support for the new centre.

The town of Port aux Basques has donated a piece of land and the Leading Edge Credit Union is paying to construct the building, which it will then rent to the co-operative.

Plans are underway to begin construction in the spring and Munden is optimistic it will be up and running by next September.

"Our ultimate goal from day one was that we were going to make this happen," he said.

"You won't have to worry about your babysitter calling in sick, or your parent needing to take a much needed vacation from looking after your child."

Munden hopes other communities in Newfoundland and Labrador adopt a similar childcare model.

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