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Review finds Vancouver preschool should be moved

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Vancouver’s Kensington Preschool is going to be moved; it’s part of a review into the facility after some parents pulled their kids out earlier this month. The school has been closed since two little ones were able to wander away.

Park Board Commissioner Constance Barnes says Kensington will be moved to an “appropriate purpose built space” next year. In the meantime, it won’t re-open until a licensing inspector goes in, which is part of the short term recommendations in the report.

Parents have not been given alternative childcare. Barnes tells us they will know what’s happening as safety plans are revised. “Better communication. I think that’s what this is a part of. We want to make sure that the parents are very, very comfortable with how we move forward, making sure that we’re open and transparent.”

She admits it’s been a pain, especially for parents. But she tells us there is an up-side:

“This recommendation has given us a really good opportunity to look at what happens in all of our facilities, how safe are they, and what we need to be doing better,” she explains.

The review also says the Park Board should look at how preschool staff are hired.