As of September 1, 2020:
licensed child care centres, including centres in First Nation communities, can operate at full capacity
before and after school programs for school aged children can operate with standard ratios and maximum group size requirements
EarlyON Child and Family Centres can reopen with in-person programming if participants preregister
First Nation Child and Family Centres on reserve can reopen with in-person programming if participants preregister
Before they reopen, all child care centres, before and after school programs, and EarlyON Child and Family Centres and First Nation Child and Family Programs must: meet all enhanced health and safety requirements; meet all operational requirements set out under the Child Care and Early Years Act 2014 (CCEYA) (for example, ensure that all existing staff to child ratios are maintained); and ensure staff are trained on the new measures and protocols.
Frequent cleaning of child care centres;
Screening of children and staff before entering a child care facility;
Maintaining attendance records for rigorous contact tracing and coordination with local public health authorities;
Ensuring frequent hand washing and proper hand hygiene for children and staff; and
Establishing clear and rigid case management protocols in the event a staff member or child becomes ill, or tests positive for COVID-19.
Families whose children attended a licensed child care centre immediately before the emergency was declared must be given at least 14 days notice to accept a placement available on or after September 1, 2020.
This new requirement will be embedded in regulation to be filed shortly by the Province. The 14-day notice period may begin as soon as the regulation is filed for spots offered for September 1 or later. The Province will notify service system managers once this regulation has been filed. The current prohibitions remain in place for spots available until September 1.
Child care and early years providers and agencies will receive resources and training on operational, and health and safety requirements.
In the coming weeks, the Ministry of Education will work with service system managers, First Nations and child care operators to maximize capacity and access for families and will provide additional details with respect to operational guidance, additional funding parameters and additional direction on providing notice to parents for placements.
The Province is currently developing and will provide more details on operational guidance on reopening in the following areas:
child care (with the current child care operational guidance (PDF) in place until September 1, 2020)
before and after school programs
EarlyON Child and Family Centres
child care and child and family programs in First Nation communities