From the Winnipeg Free Press–Manitoba parents will be able to use a new app to find a daycare spot.
On Thursday, Families Minister Rochelle Squires announced the Manitoba Child Care Search online app will replace the Online Child Care Registry by Aug. 30.
The registry is outdated and difficult to use, Squires said. Families log in to search for child-care providers and join wait lists, but the information isn’t always up to date.
Manitoba’s new tool will have an interactive map to filter centres by care type, facility type, vacancies and availability. Contact information, hours of operation, enrolment policies and for-profit versus non-profit status will be provided.
Users will also be able to see centres’ licences, and the site will timestamp when vacancies and program details have been posted.
Kids enrolled through the province’s registry won’t lose their spot when the new system kicks in.
“Manitobans have been asking us for quite some time to really provide an interactive tool to give families the power to connect with centres in their location,” Squires said.