Ontario leadership says they’re working with childcare operators across the province to allow them to safely reopen at full-capacity on September 1.
"Our government is gradually and safely supporting child care expansion to ensure moms and dads across the province can return to work with confidence," said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. "We will continue to ensure strict health and safety protocols remain in place, to keep our youngest learners safe."
EarlyON Child and Family Centre will be allowed to reopen with in-person programming, as well as before and after-school programs for school-aged children, with standard ratios and maximum group size requirements. Ontario says safety measures will be in place.
Safety measures include:
- Requiring all staff to wear masks at all times, effective September 1,
- Ensuring frequent cleaning of childcare centres,
- Screening of children and staff before entering a childcare facility,
- Maintaining records for contact tracing and coordination with public health officials,
- Ensuring frequent hand washing and hand hygiene for children and staff,
- Establishing clear case management protocols if a staff member or child becomes ill, or tests positive for COVID-19.
"Our commitment to the health and safety of the children and staff, will never waver," continued Lecce. "Child care and early years programs will operate with additional health and safety procedures in place upon fully reopening. And rest assured, if at any time the health and safety of the children is jeopardized, we will take action immediately."
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.
On Friday, Ontario announced $230 million in additional childcare funding.
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