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Going to child care during COVID-19

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 Ministry of Education’s guidance for more information on the health and safety measures child care providers must follow to protect children and the child care community.

Peel Public Health inspectors regularly inspect licensed child care centres for compliance with infection control measures. Access inspection results. For more information on best practices for infection control in child care settings, see preventing and managing illnesses in child care centres.

COVID-19 vaccines

Peel Public Health recommends that all eligible children receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccinating children will not only help to protect them from severe COVID-19 outcomes, but will also protect those around them, including vulnerable populations and people who cannot receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Get details about COVID-19 vaccines for children including information on safety, where to get the vaccine, eligibility, providing consent, and how to prepare for their appointment.

Screening

Parents and guardians should screen their children before they bring them to child care each day using the Ontario COVID-19 school and child care screening tool.

Hand hygiene and other protective measures

Remind your children about the importance of hand hygiene as a protective measure. Talk to them about frequent hand washing and the safe use of hand sanitizers.

Learn more about protecting yourself and others from COVID-19.

Managing symptoms and exposures

Parents and guardians can help their children stay safe in child care by keeping them home if they have any symptoms of COVID-19.

Refer to more information for individuals who have COVID-19, have symptoms or been exposed.

If your child has symptoms of COVID-19 and needs to see a health professional, you can take them to a COVID, Cold and Flu Clinic.

Questions

If you have questions about your specific situation, call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 (in Caledon, call 905-584-2216). Our call centre is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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. Siblings and any other household members will also be sent home.
  • 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.
  • Closures will be based on operational requirements, as determined by the child care provider.

Notification of high number of absences in child care centres

If licensed child care centres in the Region of Peel are experiencing higher than expected levels of illness in the centre, they are required to notify Peel Public Health and centres will send a notification letter to families and staff.

Do you have concerns with your licensed child care program, such as how your child care provider is handling health and safety practices during COVID-19, or have you been refused access to child care? If so, you are encouraged to speak to your licensed child care provider so they can try and address your concerns.

If your concerns cannot be resolved by working with your provider, you can submit a complaint to the Ministry of Education.

You can also submit a complaint to the Region of Peel.

If you have concerns about sanitation, infection control, food safety, drinking water safety, or other potential health hazards in a child care centre, call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700.