Wartime Day Nurseries Agreement
The nursery where we trained was open Monday to Friday from 7am to 7pm and on Saturday for half a day. It consisted of a nursery (six months to two years) and an early nursery (for two to five years). We moved time in both kindergartens and worked in teams. In many places, these war kindergartens are not getting used to their capacity. I have several notes, but I`m not going to take the time home with too many of them. As I said, we do not intend to close preschools in times of war, but there are cases like these. We were pushed to open a war nursery in a given area, and it was inaugurated in May 1944. There have never been more than five children, although we were told at the beginning that this kindergarten would be desired for any number of children. The agency asked if they could close the nursery in August 1944, but we reopened it in October because we thought there might be more people needing it during the harvest season. It`s in a county. We then had ten mothers who wanted to work part-time, then only for a short period of time. It was therefore very clear that, in this area, the nursery was not intended.
In another area, kindergarten was only used by six mothers who worked all day, so we decided to close it. We then received a petition against the closure, signed by 50 mothers who claimed to use the kindergarten. We found that only 12 had used the nursery in the nursery, and six of them were part-time. When we looked at the petition, we discovered that it was signed by people who thought there should be a nursery, but they were not using it themselves; Some of the signatures were those of people who had no children at all. Since its inception in the 1850s, Canadian daycare has been largely a planless enterprise, where churches and charities looked after poor children in lower quality institutions. That changed in 1939, when Canada joined the war effort. As wives took care of the local economy while their husbands fought abroad, the federal government quickly established a national “daycare” system to care for children. This CBC Television documentation refers to a forgotten chapter in the history of La Kita in Canada. The MP said that a mother could not leave her children and leave. Another suggestion was that a mother could take her child every day, half a day every week or every month, to a room in a social clinic where she could be cared for while she went out in the afternoon.
We are trying to figure out what are the best ways to solve the problem, but I am convinced that there is not a single system that meets all the needs. As I said, we are going to run kindergartens where they are wanted in wartime, but it is not fair to have a large staff in a building to keep only one or two children. Yes, daycares. We have spent huge amounts of money educating women, recognizing the benefits of caring for their own children. We are poisoning the milk of the country to the extent that we are able to do so by pasteurizing it, what arguments can be made in case the minister could say that these kindergartens should only be used for the children of war workers? There may be a cost argument, but I do not think that argument is happening because the overhead of the preschool continues in the same way, whether there are 48 children on the registry or 36. I think I am right that the cost of food consumed by children in kindergarten is borne by the parents involved.