Infant care spaces are disappearing across Muskoka

By Jennifer Bowman, Bracebridge Examiner

MUSKOKA — It was expected and now it’s here.

Daycares are changing how they operate and who they serve now that full-day kindergarten has taken their most profitable clientele, those aged 3.8 years and older. The last round of schools to implement full-day kindergarten will open their new classrooms this fall, landing the final blow to some daycares.

Already, some are feeling the impact. 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.

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