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eurekakids.net

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About EurekaKids.net

Provider of toys shops. The company provides more than 3500 items. Its purpose is to help children in their mental, motory, and emotional development. It also has an online store. It is aimed both at private customers and wholesale clients.

EurekaKids.net Headquarter Location

Calle Ci Carlins 10

17190,

Spain

972 439 078

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Daycares struggling with COVID-19 economic pandemic

Mar 26, 2021

Jr Fri., March 26, 2021timer2 min. read Fewer children are now attending daycares as businesses try to stay afloat in harsh economic times. Eureka Kids in Erin has seen a drop in enrolment for their toddler and pre-school children program. “We had a definite decrease of children when we reopened in July, but in February, we started to have people contact us,” said Jana Vondrejs, founder and principal. The institution is not a typical kindergarten or daycare centre but rather a private preschool with an emphasis on advanced academic education situated on 75 acres of private land. They offer their pre-school programs for children one and a half years old to six years old and offer a summer camp. “We have childcare but are different and more focused on academics and in the summer outdoors,” said Vondrejs. “We have a beautiful outdoor space, so we live outside quite a bit as the weather allows. The childcare centre also spends a lot of time outdoors.” They extended their licence recently, and then the pandemic hit them. They have 26 children registered with room for 36 in total. Eureka Kids is not the only one struggling. A report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives found full-time licensed childcare in most Canadian cities is struggling under the financial burden of COVID-19, registering a dramatic drop in enrolment. This can be attributed to high unemployment rates, substantial fees and safety concerns. “Some people work from home and are able to have cared for their children with other family members,“ said Vondrejs. “COVID affected our efforts.” Fees have risen to about 15 per cent to 21 per cent between 2019 and 2020 in Brampton, Windsor and Mississauga. Providers have to rely on parent fees as they do not receive much, if at all, any government funding. “We do receive help for purchases of important things or some necessary renovations,” said Vondrejs. “We have to apply, then qualify. Otherwise, it’s not that easy. We also get a wage subsidy for teachers.” She said people are interested in the school because they focus on academics and the outdoors, differentiating themselves from typical daycare centres. “Childcare centres offering lower fees because provincial governments fund them are holding their own during the pandemic, as we see in the set fee system in Quebec,” says senior economist and report co-author David Macdonald. “Our survey shows that cities with higher fees saw bigger drops in enrolment. In every city outside Quebec, there were at least 10 per cent fewer children in childcare in the fall of 2020 compared to February. In Ontario, one-third to two-thirds of childcare enrolment evaporated during that period. Loading... Loading... Eureka Kids has another branch in Port Credit, where the prices are higher as they cater to parents in a larger city. “I would say we’re in the middle,” said Vondrejs. “I think the prices here are fairly affordable for what we can offer. We offer at least the same quality of academic programming as Montessori schools, but we are not charging as much.” SHARE:

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