COVID-19 Information: Child Care

Licensed child care centres and home-based child care services are open and must follow all COVID-19 public health and safety measures

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 are 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 program of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a child, staff or visitor and will work with the child care program 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.

To view a summary of COVID-19 cases associated with licensed childcare settings in Ontario, visit the provincial webpage COVID-19 cases in childcare centres.


Hand hygiene is an important part in stopping the spread of COVID-19, but also stopping the spread of other germs and bugs, and preventing illness. Please visit our Infection Prevention and Control page for more information and resources.