The province has announced 283 new childcare spaces will be created in Langley as part of the ongoing New Spaces Fund program.
The project will create the spaces at four local early learning and daycare centres:
• Happyland Early Learning – 77 spaces
• Kidspace Learning Centres Inc. – eight spaces
• Nurturing Hearts Montessori Daycare-Newlands – 129 spaces
• Tiny Hoppers Early Learning at Langley City Centre – 69 spaces
The announcement was made along with multiple other announcements about funding for new spaces in other neighbouring communities, including Abbotsford and Maple Ridge.
Since it started two years ago, the provincial government says almost 16,800 new childcare spaces have been created across the province.
Recent changes to the School Act also make it easier for school boards to create and operate before- and after-school care, said minister of education Rob Fleming.
“We’re making it easier for child care to be delivered on school properties, because children benefit when they spend more time in spaces that are already designed for enrichment and play, and families save time and money with one central drop-off location in their neighbourhoods,” said Fleming.