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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — Baby-care charges in P.E.I. have dropped to $20 per day, and salaries for workers elevated at early years centres throughout the province.
The payment discount, which took impact this fall, is a part of an settlement between the provincial and federal governments for $10 a day baby care by 2024.
“Elevating youngsters may be costly. Lowering child-care charges will make life extra reasonably priced for households and provides mother and father the choice of returning to work,” mentioned provincial Schooling and Lifelong Studying Minister Natalie Jameson.
The province additionally mentioned salaries for lecturers in designated centres went up as a part of the settlement. Cooks and Degree 1 early childhood educators obtained a 75 cent an hour increase, Degree 2 early childhood educators obtained a $1.50 per hour increase and Degree 3 early childhood educators and administrators obtained a $3 an hour increase.
“Early childhood educators play an important position in giving our youngest Islanders a robust begin in life. We need to acknowledge the super work occurring on this sector and elevate the standing of early childhood professionals in P.E.I.,” famous Jameson.
Seven extra amenities obtained early years centre designations from the province. These embrace All Children Studying Centre, Atlantic Childcare Centre, Sensible Me Academy, Campus Children Childcare Centre Inc., Little Explorers, Playtime Daycare Centre and Small Steps Early Studying Centre.
Designated early years centres present provincially regulated charges for fogeys and are staffed by educated early childhood educators who’re compensated in line with the provincial wage grid.