This Version Posted: September 16, 2021

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.

Vaccination Disclosure Policy

NEW! – Ontario is instituting a vaccination disclosure policy for staff at all licensed child care settings. As of Sept. 7, 2021, the vaccination policy must be in place. It means staff must provide proof of one of the following:

  • Full vaccination against COVID-19;
  • A medical reason for not being vaccinated against COVID-19; or
  • Completion of a COVID-19 vaccination educational session.

Individuals who do not provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 will be required to undertake regular antigen testing. Refer to this Resource Guide on COVID-19 Immunization Disclosure Policy for more information.

General COVID-19 Prevention Measures:

  • 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:

Ontario Government

HKPR District Health Unit

For Parents
Screening Your Child for COVID-19 Symptoms
What to Do If Your Child Does Not Pass Screening
Protocols When Student/Staff Test Positive for COVID-19
High-Risk Contacts
Return to Child Care Protocol for Children with COVID-19 Symptoms
Number of COVID-19 Cases in Child Care Centres

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.

Additional Resources