This Version Posted: April 12, 2021
Licensed child care centres are now open and operating at full capacity, but under strict protective measures due to COVID-19.
- Child care for non-school aged children remains open, even as all elementary and secondary schools in Ontario will shift to teacher-led, remote learning on April 19.
- Before and after school programs will also be closed.
- Free emergency child care for the school-aged children of eligible health care and frontline workers will be provided.
- NOTE: As of 12:01 am on Thursday, April 8, a provincial State of Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order is in place in Ontario to stop the spread of COVID-19. All of Ontario, including Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes, is covered by these new control measures.
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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
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
- COVID-19 Screening Tool in Other Languages (Arabic, Farsi, French, Karen, Korean, Kurdish, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Urdu and Vietnamese)
What to Do If Your Child Does Not Pass Screening
For KPRDSB and PVNCCDSB Schools
- What to Do if Your Child Does Not Pass Screening for COVID-19 Symptoms Updated March 2/21)
For TLDSB Schools
- My Child Did Not Pass the COVID-19 Daily Screening – Now What?(Updated: March 26/21)
- When COVID-19 Symptoms Develop at School or Child Care (Updated March 26/21)
Return to Child Care Protocol for Children with COVID-19 Symptoms
- Read the Protocol Updated March 2/210
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.