Essential Worker Childcare
Essential Worker Childcare
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As a measure to support health care and front-line workers during the COVID-19 outbreak, the City of Kingston in partnership with Licensed Child Care Operators is opening licensed spaces for emergency child care services. In support of physical distancing, the maximum number of children in one room will not exceed five (5).
The list of essential workplaces is unrelated to the list of people eligible for emergency child care. Its purpose is to outline which essential businesses are not ordered to close and can therefore remain open during the continued state of emergency in Ontario. It is not intended to be used as a reference to define who is eligible for emergency child care.
The City of Kingston and its service providers are committed to supporting health care and other front-line workers in these unprecedented times. We need to do everything we can to ensure they have the support they need to continue to work.
Please refer to the Province’s list of essential workers that qualify for emergency child care to check your eligibility.
The safest option for families is to have children remain at home, if possible. The service is provided at no costs to families, funded by the Province of Ontario, for children from birth to age 12.
The City of Kingston’s emergency child care spaces are available to workers identified in the Province of Ontario’s list of workers eligible for emergency childcare.
To qualify for emergency child care, all parents / guardians in household must be on the Province’s list of essential workers and will both be required to submit proof of employment.
All parents / guardians in household must be required to report to an official work location to deliver the service, without the ability to work from home. City staff that deliver essential services or support the delivery of core services are eligible as well as businesses that support other essential businesses or essential services with the support, supplies, system or services necessary to operate (such as grocery stores and pharmacies).
Please be aware:
- The list of eligible workers may change as the emergency evolves and will be updated as required,
- The City reserves the right to ask for verification as proof of eligibility,
- Emergency child care is available to City of Kingston and County of Frontenac residents and those that live outside the City and County but work in these areas as an eligible worker defined in the Province of Ontario’s list of eligible workers.
Emergency childcare services are reserved exclusively for children of essential service workers who have no other alternatives. Please complete the online application to apply for emergency childcare. After you apply, you will be contacted by City of Kingston Childcare and Early Years staff if space is available.
Space is limited. Eligible applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Bayridge Drive Child Care Centre – 1035 Bayridge Dr.
Offering care for children infant – 5 years of age - operational week of April 13
Boys and Girls Club of Kingston – 559 Bagot St.
Offering care for children 4 – 12 years of age – operational week of April 6
Henderson Child Care Centre – 180 Henderson Boulevard will operate Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm serving children ages Birth to 12.
La Maison Montessori Kingston – 1134 Johnson St.
Offering care for children 2.5 – 12 years of age. Bilingual Program – operational week of April 6
Health and Safety of Childcare Staff and Families
Because physical distancing is difficult when caring for young children, additional measures will be taken, in consultation with KFL&A and Occupational Health and Safety, to maintain a healthy and safe environment. Precautions include:
- daily screening of parents/guardians, children and staff
- increased disinfection
- reduced group sizes
- limiting the number of people in the centre
Information for Community Licensed Childcare Centres
The City of Kingston in partnership with Licensed Childcare Operators is opening licensed centres to offer emergency child care. All licensed centres must adhere to:
All requirements set out in the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 and all current ministry polices and guidelines.
- Recommendations from the local Medical Officer of Health;
- All emergency childcare sites must be thoroughly cleaned daily before opening;
- All sites will be required to have a plan in place in the event that a child, parent or staff member at the site is exposed to COVID-19;
- No emergency childcare sites can exceed 50 people and includes children and staff;
- No visitors will be allowed at emergency childcare sites;
- The maximum number of children per room has been set locally at 5 children per room
The City is currently offering limited spaces and will be working with other Childcare Operators to expand services based on demand