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Operational guidance during COVID-19 outbreak

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Child care re-opening
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Publication Date: 
9 Jun 2020

Excerpted from the introduction and purpose

This guidance document is intended to support the following child care sector partners:

  • Consolidated Municipal Service Managers and District Social Service Administration Boards (CMSMs and DSSABs);
  • child care licensees and staff;
  • home child care agencies and providers; and,
  • district school boards.

The information found within this guidance document is meant to support partners in meeting requirements set out under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (CCEYA) and to provide clarification on operating child care programs with enhanced health and safety guidelines and/or restrictions in place to re-open. This guidance document will be modified as applicable when these restrictions can be lifted and/or amended to reflect new advice at that time.

This guidance document has been designed for use in conjunction with the Child Care Centre Licensing Manual, the CCEYA and its regulations. In the event of a conflict between this document and the Child Care Centre Licensing Manual, this document will prevail. Advice of the local public health unit must be followed, even in the event that it contradicts this guidance document. Additionally, the Ministry of Health has provided guidance on the development of this document and has also created a Ministry of Health guidance document for child care, for additional support.