Infant care spaces are disappearing across Muskoka

"Macaulay Tree House in Bracebridge, one of a handful of child-care centres in Muskoka to offer infant care, is closing their six infant spaces by the end of August and renovating the room to provide space for 15 toddlers.

“With full-day kindergarten we can’t afford infant care,” said Sandra Rogers, executive director for Macaulay Tree House.

The reason primarily comes down to staffing ratios needed to provide the care for varying age groups. Infants require one caregiver for three babies while the kindergarten-age students need one caregiver for 10 children.

To alleviate the difficulty and ensure quality home child care the District of Muskoka is considering working with home-based child-care providers to help them become licensed."

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