B.C. daycare operator trying to open second location can’t find staff

Despite the province saying more childcare options are on the way, a daycare operator trying to open a second location has hit a catch-22.

Sarah Su has a space secured to open a centre in Victoria for the most coveted spots: infant and toddler daycare.

She said she has a government grant to help get it ready, the problem? Finding specialized staff.

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Su said that even at $22-an-hour people aren’t applying. And unless she has the staff, the licensing officer overseeing her application said her daycare can’t move ahead.

“She basically told me that she wouldn’t move any further on it, she wouldn’t come out and look at it or anything until I have staff,” said Su.

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But without knowing her opening date, she said it’s hard to get workers to commit.

“I have been paying for ads on several employment websites,” said Su, who has only received one application in the past two months.

Su said she turns away about three to five families a day looking for infant and toddler care.

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