FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government has re-instated the wage enhancement of $2.75 per hour for early learning and childcare staff effective Sept. 1 and retroactive to April 1, 2012.

The initiative supports the pay equity measures for early learning and childcare staff, and is part of the three-year $38-million early childhood action plan, Putting Children First.

“Research shows that children thrive in childcare settings when there is minimal staff turnover,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Jody Carr. “We believe that this measure will greatly support early learning and childcare operators to recruit and retain staff.”

The provincial government has committed to investing more than $4 million over three years to increase wage subsidies for childcare workers, early learning and childcare educators, and support workers to improve the quality of early learning and childcare.

“We are committed to improving the quality, affordability, accessibility and inclusivity of early childhood services,” said Carr. “The well-being and success of New Brunswick's children and families will remain our focus as we continue to rebuild our province.”