May 23, 2013 9:10 pm
Updated: May 24, 2013 2:11 am

Most parents would rather see daycare funding stay at home: Study


If you have a child in daycare, you know just how expensive it can be. Well there are calls for Ottawa to overhaul the entire approach to early childhood care.

But this time, more affordable daycare is not the focus.

According to a new poll from the Institute of Marriage and Family in Canada, a conservative Christian think tank, the overwhelming majority of respondents would rather see funding go directly to parents.

This would allow parents to stay at home with their kids, avoiding daycare altogether.

“Parents who are working full time, and in reality, don’t have their grandparents, or a neighbour down the street, because they’re probably working to care for their children when they need to have childcare,” said Pat Frouws, from the SFU Childcare Society.

“And I think I’d also like to extend that childcare isn’t just custodial care in today’s day and age,” she added. “It’s early learning and care, so childcare is more a place where children can begin to learn to work together.”

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