COVID-19 Information: Child Care

Licensed child care centres and home-based child care services for non school-aged children are open with enhanced health and safety measures

All publicly funded and private elementary and secondary schools in Ontario will continue with remote learning until the end of the 2020-21 school year (visit our COVID-19 Info: Schools page for more details). During the remote learning period:

  • licensed child care centres and home-based child care services for non school-aged children are open with enhanced health and safety measures
  • licensed child care centres, authorized recreation and skill-building providers and district school boards are not permitted to serve school-aged children
  • emergency child care for school-aged children is available free of charge for eligible health care, public safety and other frontline workers. Contact your municipality or local child care service system manager to see if you are eligible for emergency child care

Child care and early years providers and agencies

We depend on the authority and discretion of service system managers to:

  • plan, manage and coordinate child care within Huron and Perth counties
  • make decisions about access to child care that best supports the needs of the community
  • adhere to Provincial guidance
 Operational guidance during COVID-19 pandemic

If you're a child care or Early Years provider, you can call your local Consolidated Municipal Service Manager or District Social Services Administration Board for more information.

COVID-19 screening tools

Parents and caregivers should be aware of the possible symptoms of COVID-19 and must assess their children for symptoms to permit safe attendance at child care each day - to protect themselves, other children, and staff.

The screening tools should be completed daily by all staff, visitors and children who are attending the child care centre, and all instructions followed.

 Screening tools

If your child does NOT pass the school screening, use the COVID-19 Decision Tool for Parents [PDF] for next steps.

 COVID-19 vaccine side effects

You can go to school/child care if you or anyone in your household got a COVID-19 vaccine in the last 48 hours and is experiencing any of these symptoms that are mild and only began after vaccination:

  • headache
  • fatigue (extreme tiredness)
  • muscle aches
  • joint pain

You must wear a properly fitted mask for the entire time at school/child care if you are experiencing any of the above listed symptoms that only began after vaccination.

You and everyone in your household must stay home if anyone has COVID-19 symptoms (not related to a COVID-19 vaccine, as noted above) or is waiting for test results after experiencing symptoms. Stay home until the person with symptoms gets a negative COVID-19 test result, or is cleared by public health, or is diagnosed with another illness.

Role of Huron Perth Public Health

HPPH is responsible for investigating all cases of COVID-19 in Huron and Perth, and for ensuring follow-up with close contacts. HPPH will notify the child care centre of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a child, staff or visitor and will work with the child care centre to prevent further spread of the virus.

To protect the privacy of individuals, HPPH will not routinely comment if an individual case is confirmed in a child care setting. HPPH will continue to report positive cases, and demographic trends of positive cases such as age, gender and municipality on the COVID-19 in Huron and Perth page of our website.

Information on COVID-19 cases in Ontario schools and licensed child care settings, and what happens if there is an outbreak is available from the province.