Province Shares Plan for Reopening Child Care
June 9, 2020
The Province has announced
it will allow child care operators across the province to reopen starting Friday, June 12, 2020, provided that they meet public health guidelines similar to those required for emergency child care.
Developed in consultation with Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and medical leaders at The Hospital for Sick Children, the Province’s Health and Safety Guidance for During COVID-19 for Employers of Child Care
includes the following requirements:
Children and staff will be limited to groups of 10 or less
All staff and children must be screened daily prior to entering the building
Anyone feeling unwell must stay home
Providers must have a COVID-19 response plan if a staff member or child is exposed to the virus
Providers must keep daily records of all attendees to support contact tracing
Thorough cleaning of the centre before opening and throughout the day
Permitting only "essential" visitors
Pick-up and drop-off protocols that facilitate physical distancing
Mandatory training, reporting and support from local medical officers of health prior to reopening
Effectively immediately, staff can re-enter child care facilities and begin preparation for reopening.
According to the Province’s news release, “the existing child care funding will be leveraged to support enhanced cleaning costs and health and safety requirements to support the reopening of child care
.” OMSSA is working to clarify funding details.
The Province also indicated that emergency child care will wind down effective June 26, 2020
, and that service system managers will be responsible for assisting emergency child care clients in returning to their previous arrangements or finding new arrangements during the transition to regular child care.
The Province also confirmed that day camps will be allowed to open this summer provided that they meet these guidelines