Nfld. & Labrador

N.L. government launches online child-care directory

The provincial government have launched a new website that lists all the regulated child-care services in Newfoundland and Labrador as well as information on violation orders.
The Early Learning and Child Care Directory lists pertinent information on all the regulated child care centres across Newfoundland and Labrador (file photo). (CBC)

The provincial government launched a new website Wednesday that lists all regulated child-care services in Newfoundland and Labrador as well as information on violation orders.

Premier Paul Davis launched the searchable database, called the Early Learning and Child Care Directory, at a news conference in Conception Bay South.

The site includes an array of information on child-care centres, including their location, contact information, age range, space availability, and any violations orders they have been issued.

The site also includes information on family resource centres.

"It would have been so nice to have when I was looking for child care for my three children," said Angela Forward, treasurer of the Conception Bay Family Resource Program, who spoke at the launch.

Angela Forward, treasurer of the Conception Bay Family Resource Program, said the directory would have been hugely helpful when she was looking for child care for her three children. (CBC)

"I was relatively new to our area. I had no idea other than driving past a building to see if there was something around. I really had no place to start, other than Kijiji, Facebook, talking to friends. This would have made life a whole lot easier."

The directory is part of the government's 10-year child care strategy launched in 2012.

"Families are an integral part of our population growth," said Davis at the announcement. "We are committed to supporting family friendly communities and this resource is for you."

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