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Oak Bay parents expect to hear details on childcare spaces

School Board officials to provide more details at public meeting Thursday
Willows Elementary School. (Octavian Lacatusu/Oak Bay News)

Willows parents expect to learn more information about the new child care spaces opening at the Oak Bay elementary school.

School District 61 plans to share more about how the new spaces will look during a meeting Thursday, Jan. 24.

“Were mostly looking to find out where they’re planning on putting all of these spaces,” said Jean Pakvis, PAC vice chair and communications director. “We’re assuming they’re going to be building more learning studios, but we don’t know yet.”

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In November, SD61 announced 439 new licensed child care spaces would open in Greater Victoria elementary schools: Doncaster, Frank Hobbs, Macaulay, Tillicum, Victoria West, and Willows. As part of that announcement they said that each school, except Macaulay, would receive two new learning studios to be used for before and after school care, and daycare. The day-cares will be operated by not-for-profit organizations. The new spaces are part of a $4.6 million investment through the Provincial Childcare BC New Spaces Fund.

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At the time of the announcement, SD61 promised consultation at each school.

“We know that there’s two learning studios coming, we just don’t where they’re planning on putting them,” Pakvis said. “Considering Willows just got two learning studios last year which took up a far corner of one of our fields, a lot of parents are quite interested to find where they’re planning on putting two more.”

The information session is open to current and future École Willows Elementary parents from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Willows library.

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