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Childcare centres across Ontario can now operate at full capacity

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 file photo, parents wait with their children for the start of their first day of school in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Despite a spike in coronavirus infections, authorities in Europe are determined to send children back to school. At least 41 of Berlin’s 825 schools reported virus cases as classes resumed this month, and thousands of students have been quarantined around the country. But Germany is determined not to close schools anew, so they're sending individual students or classes into quarantine instead. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

Parents are getting a little more help with the kids today, but how many will take advantage of it?

Ontario child care centres are allowed to operate at full capacity starting today.

EarlyON Child and Family Centres will also be permitted to reopen with in-person programming along with before- and after-school programs for school aged children.

“Our government is gradually and safely supporting child care expansion to ensure moms and dads across the province can return to work with confidence,” said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. “We will continue to ensure strict health and safety protocols remain in place, to keep our youngest learners safe.”

The minister says all safety protocols will be followed closely, including:

  • Requiring all child care staff to wear masks at all times
  • Ensuring frequent cleaning of child care centres
  • Screening of children and staff before entering a childcare facility
  • Maintaining attendance records for rigorous contact tracing and coordination with local public health authorities;
  • Ensuring frequent hand washing and proper hand hygiene for children and staff
  • Establishing clear and rigid case management protocols in the event a staff member or child becomes ill, or tests positive for COVID-19

 

Ontario will also provide additional funding, with support from the federal government through the Safe Restart Agreement, to help child care operators and EarlyON Child and Family Centres purchase cleaning supplies, PPE and support staffing needs related to new procedures.

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