Resources for Child Care Centres and Day Camps

Child care setting operators are no longer required to report a child or staff person who becomes sick while attending the child care setting.

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Child care centres and early years’ settings guidance

On Dec 30, 2021 the province made some significant changes to testing guidance and case management with the Omicron variant. The province has suspended reporting of COVID-19 cases in child care and there is no longer a requirement to report children or staff with symptoms or positive Rapid Antigen Tests or PCR results. Updated case and contact management guidance can be found on the provincial website. The health and safety measures in the Operational Guidance for Child Care During COVID-19 Outbreak and enhanced recommendations distributed to child care centre operators in September 2021 still apply.

Child care setting operators are advised to continue monitoring Ontario Ministry of Education, Ontario Ministry of Health and Region of Waterloo Public Health websites for the most up-to-date guidance and to access other helpful resources.

Licensed child care centres, extended day programs and other early years’ settings will be permitted to open at full capacity while operating under enhanced health and safety requirements. For more information on this sector visit the Province of Ontario website.

Ontario's child welfare agencies continue to operate. Visit Family and Children's Services of the Waterloo Region for information on how you can help during the pandemic.

For the most up to date information please review the following documents from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health:

Reporting for symptomatic staff/children

Child care setting operators are no longer required to report a child or staff person who become sick while attending the child care setting.

Any child or staff that has tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test or PCR no longer needs to report this to public health and are advised to follow the guidance provided in the case and contact website for directions on isolation. If there is a symptomatic child or staff, please refer to the case and contact website for directions on isolation and/or symptom monitoring.

Child care daily close contact log

Please use child care daily close contact log during the course of staff shift or at end of staff shift to log the people who you have been in close contact with.

Helpful resources for child care settings

Screening Tool:
COVID-19 school and child care screening tool - Ontario Ministry of Health

Covid-19 Workplace Safety Plan
Please see the guide on developing a COVID-19 workplace safety plan for your facility.

Cleaning Child Care Settings
Operational Guidance for Child Care During COVID-19 Outbreak – Ontario Ministry of Education
Hard-surface disinfectants and hand sanitizers for COVID-19 – Health Canada
Cleaning and disinfection for public settings COVID-19 – Public Health Ontario

Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette
How to wash your hands and Respiratory etiquette infographic – Public Health Ontario
How to wash your hands and How to use hand sanitizer – Region of Waterloo

Proper use of Masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Putting on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – Public Health Ontario
Putting on Mask and Eye Protection – Public Health Ontario Video
Non-medical Masks and Face Coverings – Government of Canada
How to wear a face covering (mask) – Region of Waterloo

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