Resources for Child Care Centres and Day Camps

Please see COVID-19: health and safety measures for child care to learn about the health and safety measures for licensed child care, before and after school programs and early years programs.

Screening 

Parents and guardians should use the Ontario COVID-19 school and child care screening tool to screen their child before bringing them to child care each day.

Children who feel sick or have any new or worsening symptoms of illness, should not attend child care. Children should stay home until their symptoms are improving for 24 hours (or 48 hours for nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea). Please contact your primary care provider if you have concerns about your child’s symptoms.

Follow the directions for isolation and monitoring at Ontario.ca/exposed if you or anyone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19. 

Sick child or staff person 

Child Care setting operators are not required to report to public health a child or staff person who becomes sick while attending the child care setting.

Child care settings operators can notify public health by submitting the Absent Staff and Children Reporting Form for Child Care Centres when their setting hits the 30 per cent absenteeism above the baseline.

Please note: The purpose of this form is to report childcare absenteeism of children/staff that rises to 30 per cent above baseline. Each childcare should consider what a baseline absenteeism rate would be for their setting and report to public health only when they reach 30 per cent absenteeism above that baseline.

Child Care setting operators have been provided a template notification which can be provided to families about public health measures once absenteeism hits above 30 per cent.  

Additional infection prevention and control measures

Children and staff should be reminded about the importance of hand hygiene. Encourage frequent hand washing and the use of alcohol-based hand rub.

For information on how to properly wash your hands and how to use alcohol-based hand rub, please see How to Wash Your Hands.

Follow cleaning and disinfection guidance as outlined in the Public Health Ontario Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings document which includes:

  • Increasing frequency of cleaning and disinfection of high touch surfaces as needed and as outlined by Public Health Ontario
  • Ensuring the use of common cleaners and disinfectants with a Drug Identification Number
  • Following manufacturer instructions for contact time 
COVID-19 Vaccine for children 
Vaccines are an important tool to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and allow families to safely resume normal activities.
For more information about COVID-19 Vaccines for Children, please see COVID-19 Vaccines for Children

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