By Sarah Klein
WINNIPEG — Fewer children are on the waitlist to join daycare at the University of Winnipeg following the recent opening of a new building expansion.
The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association (UWSA) Daycare added 2,370 sq. ft. of space earlier this month to accommodate up to 128 infants and pre-schoolers and adds eight early childhood educators to the centre’s full-time staff. The new addition adds room for 32 more children.
Children of UWinnipeg student-parents occupy 75 percent of the new childcare spaces, which were funded by the province, the UWSA, and UWinnipeg.
“Many of our students have children and have to balance family and academics during their time at UWinnipeg. Access to high quality, on-campus childcare makes a big difference in their success at university,” said Dr. Annette Trimbee, UWinnipeg president and vice-chancellor.
The new space has been named MacNamara Hall in honour of the former university building on Spence Street, and is located next to McFeetors Hall.