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COVID-19: child care

How to stay safe while attending child care.

Child care providers in Peel must follow the guidance outlined by the Ontario government. Refer to the COVID-19 health and safety measures for child caren.

Peel Public Health inspectors regularly inspect licensed child care centres for compliance with infection control measures.

Screening

Children, early years providers and visitors should continue to self-screen for symptoms of COVID 19 every day before attending child care and early years programs.

Use the COVID 19 school and child care screening tool. The results will tell you:

If you feel sick or have any new or worsening symptoms of illness, you should stay home until your symptoms are improving for 24 hours (or 48 hours for nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea) and contact your health care provider if needed.

Other information

If a child, staff member or provider develops COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive on a PCR or rapid antigen test, they should follow the instructions for individuals with COVID-19.

Children with symptoms in the child care setting

If children develop COVID-19 symptoms while in child care, the following steps will be taken:

  • They will be separated from their class or cohort.
  • Parents or guardians will be notified to pick the child up as soon as possible.
  • If available, a rapid antigen test kit may be given to the child to take home.

Reporting and management

  • Parents or guardians are not required to report a child’s COVID-19 test results to their child care provider.
  • Child care providers are not required to notify other families that there are individuals with COVID-19 symptoms in the child care setting. However, some providers may choose to share this information with families. Refer to your child care provider for more information.

Notification of high number of absences in child care centres

If licensed child care centres are experiencing higher than expected levels of illness in the centre, which may be due to COVID-19 and/or other viral illnesses (e.g., flu, norovirus), a notification letter may be sent to families and staff.