The city forgets
“Then I had my own children. I could just see how important childcare is. It supports the whole family. I couldn’t have pursued my career and been a happy mum and given my children what they needed without it.”
that in the year that the Bellevue Child Care Centre
closed as many as 18 500 children waited for subsidized daycare spots. The Bellevue Child Care Centre
was a municipally run daycare
that closed on July 19th, 2013
. Municipally run daycares typically pay higher wages than other childcare centres and many of the staff at Bellevue
there for years. While all the staff and children at Bellevue
were relocated, the centre’s closure meant that staff with less seniority at other municipally run centres lost their jobs and children waiting for daycare spots were bumped further down the waiting list. On October 9th 2014 the DEPARTMENT unveiled
a commemorative sign
to celebrate and remember over seventy years of publicly funded childcare at this site.
The Bellevue Child Care Centre had a rich history. Will we ever build an affordable national daycare program?
Memory Archive View the Sign