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Parents and advocates balk at new daycare regulations

New mother Megan Ramsey is looking forward to returning to work this spring as an early childhood educator with the Halton District School Board.

But she is terrified by proposed changes to provincial child-care regulations that would mean her daughter, who will be 12 months old in May, would enter child care as a “toddler” instead of an infant where she would spend her days with babies up to 18 months old.

“The thought of her being in a room of 12 children, some of them 2 years old, makes my heart hurt,” said Ramsey, who worked in child-care centres for more than a decade before moving to full-day kindergarten in 2012.

“A lot of 1-year-olds are not yet walking. Most 2-year-olds are running. This will make for a very unsafe environment,” she added.

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