On April 12, the Province announced a province-wide closure of in-person schools and school-aged child care effective April 19. The end date has not yet been set by the Province. During this period:
1. Child care programs for non-school aged children (i.e., children aged 0-4) will remain open for the duration of this time-limited public health action. This includes child care offered in licensed child care centres and in home-based settings
1. During the period when elementary schools are operating virtually, licensed child care centres, authorized recreation and skill-building providers and district school boards will be prohibited from serving school-aged children;
2. Home child care programs are permitted to provide child care to kindergarten and school-aged children
2. Before and after school programs are not permitted to operate during this period. These programs may resume operation when elementary schools return to in-person learning.
As of April 19, licensed home child care providers are permitted to offer care to school-aged children. Licensed child care programs will continue for younger children, which includes infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, who do not attend school.
During this closure, emergency child care services are available at no cost to eligible families who qualify as essential workers and who are not able to accommodate care for their school-aged child at home. The safest option for families is to have children remain at home, if possible.