This Version Posted: January 14, 2021
IMPORTANT NOTE: As of Jan. 12, 2021, the Province has announced a second State of Emergency in Ontario due to rising cases of COVID-19. The Ontario government’s order means people must stay at home except for getting essentials and follow these restrictions and public health measures.
During the Province’s State of Emergency, all child care centres for non-school aged children will remain open.
Licensed child care centres are now open and operating at full capacity, but under strict protective measures due to COVID-19.
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For Child Care Providers
Child care providers must follow various COVID-19 prevention measures to protect children in their care. These measures include:
- Ensuring all child care staff and other adults wear medical masks and eye protection (i.e. face shields) at all times while inside the child care premises, including in hallways
- Conducting frequent and thorough cleaning and disinfecting of the facility. Frequently-touched surfaces such as doorknobs, water fountains, light switches, tabletops, electronics and toilet/faucet handles should be cleaned and disinfected at least twice a day as they are most likely to become contaminated.
- Carrying out daily COVID-19 screening of children, staff and visitors before they can enter a childcare facility
- Maintaining attendance records to allow for COVID-19 contact tracing and coordination if needed
- Encouraging frequent hand washing and proper hand hygiene for children and staff
- Following clear and rigid case management protocols should a staff member or child become ill or test positive for COVID-19.
For specifics on what is required, child care providers should consult the following resources:
- COVID-19 – Reopening Child Care Centres
- Child Care Operational Guidance
- EarlyON Operational Guidance
- Before and After School Programs Operational Guidance
HKPR District Health Unit
Return to Child Care Protocol for Children with COVID-19 Symptoms
Screening Your Child for COVID-19 Symptoms
- Online COVID-19 Schools and Child Care Screening Tool – Answer these questions to see if your child should attend child care
- What to Do if Your Child Does Not Pass Screening for COVID-19 Symptoms
Health Unit Support
The Health Unit is working with local licensed child care centres to ensure they follow proper protocols to protect the safety of children, families and staff during the pandemic. If you have questions or concerns, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5006.