The Ontario Government announced its plan to reopen child care centres across the province to support the next stage of the province’s reopening framework. Developed in consultation with Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and medical leaders at the Hospital for Sick Children, the plan will require child care operators to follow strict health protocols to ensure the safety of child care staff and children.
As the province continues to implement its Framework for Reopening the Province, child care centres and home care providers across Ontario will be able to reopen with strict safety and operational requirements, including:
- Cohorting: Putting children and staff in groups of 10 or less day over day.
- COVID-19 Response Plan: All child care settings will be required to have a plan in place if a child, parent, or staff member/provider is exposed to COVID-19.
- Screening: All staff and children must be screened prior to entry to the child care setting. Anyone feeling unwell must stay home.
- Daily Attendance Records: Child care settings must keep daily records of all attendees in order to support contact tracing.
- Cleaning: Child care settings must be thoroughly cleaned before opening and frequently thereafter.
- No Visitors: Only essential visitors are permitted entry into the child care setting.
- Implementing drop-off and pick up protocols in a way that facilitates physical distancing.
Staff can re-enter child care facilities immediately to begin preparing for reopening. When these operators have met all the strict and stringent guidelines for reopening, they will be permitted to reopen.
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