Child care providers raise coronavirus concerns in letter to B.C. premier

The B.C. Child Care Owners Association is raising concerns about the province’s requirement to keep daycares open.

In an open letter to Premier John Horgan, association board member Pamela Wallberg says the organization is worried about the “absolute dearth of directions from your ministries despite weeks of requesting information.”

“You were elected and placed into a position that is responsible for child care in B.C. and you are failing the children, families and child care professionals throughout the province,” Wallberg writes.

“We support decisions being made grounded in best practice and science. We understand that the decisions for child care program operations must be made by the provincial health officer. This is as it should be.”

The organizations is asking the province for direction for a number a issues.

One concern is that with staff in self-isolation, there are not enough educators and/or licenses to operate facilities and meet ratio.

The organization is also concerned about the shortage of cleaning supplies such as paper towels and sanitizer.

Wallberg is asking for help accessing supplies to ensure a full clean, twice a day.

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