5 childcare options for Quebec parents during rotating strikes
In-laws, daycares, entertainment centres provide help in a pinch, Ottawa Morning finds
Parents in the Outaouais have had a stressful fall as they've had to find childcare options during rotating strikes, PA Days and a recent closure because of threats made to schools in the region.
- Outaouais schools close as rotating teacher, staff strikes hit region
- Bomb threats to Quebec schools allegedly made by Outaouais teens
Since Oct. 26, teachers and support staff members have held rotating strikes two days a week as they lobby for a better contract offer from the Quebec government.
These strikes are expected to last six weeks, and have so far affected students at 26 schools in the Outaouais.
Hallie Cotnam examined five different options for parents facing caretaking challenges last week on CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning. They might be helpful over the next few weeks of rotating strikes.
1. Take a day off, if you have that flexibility.
Some parents even support the teachers.
School strike mean finding alt childcare but mom Natalie Filiou brings 3 sons to the picket line <a href="https://twitter.com/OttawaMorning">@OttawaMorning</a> <a href="https://t.co/8FumaoidSg">pic.twitter.com/8FumaoidSg</a>—@HallieCBC
3. Private daycares.
Pon Pon Daycare in Aylmer brought in additional workers to care for the increase in children needing daycare, which one parent took advantage of last week.
<a href="https://twitter.com/CBCOttawa">@CBCOttawa</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/HallieCBC">@HallieCBC</a> A lovely daycare centre in our area is opening it's doors to kids on strike days and for the bomb scare.—@queensteph77
4. Family friends/neighbours/babysitters.
Lisa Crawford from Shawville, Que., said she had to hire a babysitter for this coming Monday due to the continued strike action. She also said her sister is helping out so she doesn't have to keep paying for child care.
<a href="https://twitter.com/CBCOttawa">@CBCOttawa</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/HallieCBC">@HallieCBC</a> Luckily, inlaws visiting this week. Kids also registered at <a href="https://twitter.com/Sportheque">@Sportheque</a> day camps Nov 9 & 10.—@hmrpatient
5. Entertainment/play centres.
Find centres like Douvris Martial Arts in Aylmer where your children can participate in camps or other activities.
<a href="https://twitter.com/CBCOttawa">@CBCOttawa</a> the local karate studio in aylmer is opening day camps on strike days and daycares too. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/suportourteachers?src=hash">#suportourteachers</a>—@Julia53779754
You can listen to Hallie Cotnam's conversations with several Quebec parents and caretakers below.