Emergency Child Care
On April 12, 2021, the Government of Ontario announced that all publicly funded and private elementary and secondary schools in the province are to move to teacher-led remote learning when students return from the April break on April 19, 2021. Further, that child care for non-school aged children will remain open, before and after school programs will be closed, and free emergency child care for the school-aged children of eligible health care and frontline workers will be provided.
The targeted emergency child care program for school-aged children is reserved exclusively for children of eligible workers who have no other child care alternatives for their school-aged child/children. Parents are encouraged to check the provincial website for an updated list of eligible workers. Eligibility is determined by provincial direction: Ontario Provides Emergency Child Care for Critical Frontline Workers | Ontario Newsroom
Targeted emergency child care for school-aged children will be located within existing licensed child care settings. An updated listing of site locations within Bruce County will be available once approved by the Ministry of Education.
How to Apply
Eligible parents may submit their requests for emergency child care for school-age children by emailing Bruce County Children’s Services at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that submitting a request does not guarantee emergency child care for school-age children as this will be determined by the availability of approved locations.
Licensed Child Care
Developed in consultation with Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and medical leaders at The Hospital for Sick Children, the Operational Guidance During COVID-19 for Child Care Re-Opening includes the following requirements:
- All staff and children must be screened daily prior to entering the building
- Anyone feeling unwell must stay home
- Providers must have a COVID-19 response plan if a staff member or child is exposed to the virus
- Providers must keep daily records of all attendees to support contact tracing
- Thorough cleaning of the centre before opening and throughout the day
- Permitting only "essential" visitors
- Pick-up and drop-off protocols that facilitate physical distancing
- Mandatory training, reporting and support from local medical officers of health prior to reopening
Families who do not currently have a child care provider can apply for child care online through One-List Bruce County.
For any inquiries related to Bruce County Children’s Services, please contact us at 519-881-0431 or email email@example.com.
Go to the Children's Services page for more information
Our offices are closed until further notice. Programs and services are available virtually. Child Care Caseworkers are available to assist families by phone and email. Please feel free to contact us at 518-881-0431, toll free at 1-800-265-3005, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for information and support.
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EarlyON Child and Family Centre Program
Bruce County is pleased to offer EarlyON programming virtually through our on-line platforms.
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Please continue to reach out to your EarlyON Educator should you have any questions regarding child development and activities for your child.
Go to the EarlyOn page for more information or call 1-800-616-8116 to connect via phone.
Early Learning Coordination
QST’s and professional development opportunities for licensed child care staff are currently being providing virtually.
Go to the Early Learning Coordination page for more information