Access to childcare services
Childcare centres are open. However, a childcare centre may refuse access to a child for one of the following reasons:
- The child has symptoms of COVID-19, before or on arriving at the childcare centre
- The child should be in preventive isolation in compliance with the isolation guidelines in effect
- The child has COVID-19
- The child is in quarantine after having returned to Canada.
For the children of essential workers, no emergency childcare services are offered. These workers may use their spot in their usual childcare centre or another vacant temporary spot in a childcare centre.
Guidelines for parents
Parents of children in childcare are asked to apply the guidelines for their specific situation (age, contact with someone who has tested positive or someone living in the same household as a person who has tested positive).
Guidelines for childcare centres
For further information about the measures you, as an employer, must be implementing during the COVID-19 pandemic, see the questions and answers section of the CNESST website .
Guidelines for staff members who have COVID-19 symptoms
Clarification for home childcare providers
If a home childcare provider (HCP) has COVID-19 symptoms, the HCP may not accept children at her home throughout her self-isolation. If a person in the HCP’s home develops COVID-19 symptoms, the HCP may accept children provided that the private portion of the HCP’s home is properly separated from the childcare services and that the HCP is not in isolation herself.
Guidelines for children who develop COVID-19 symptoms while already present at the childcare centre
If the child develops COVID-19 symptoms while at the childcare centre, the child’s educator or the person in charge must isolate him or her from the other children in a room provided for such purpose until the child’s parents can come pick him or her up, while respecting the isolation guidelines in effect.
The child must then be isolated according to the existing guidelines.
Guidelines for children or staff members who have been in contact with a person having COVID-19
See the isolation guidelines page for instructions on what to do when in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Distribution of rapid tests by childcare centres
The childcare centre must distribute rapid tests to the parents. To lean about the guidelines for obtaining the tests in their region, childcare centre managers should see the page Rapid tests and how to get them. Should you have any other questions about the distribution and supply of these tests, please contact the CIUSSS in your region.
Management of COVID-19 cases for childcare centres
Should you have any questions about the procedure to follow for COVID‑19 cases, please contact your regional public health branch . For any questions about workplace prevention and safety, please contact the CNESST .
- Aide-mémoire Apprendre à vivre avec le virus (in French)
Last update: May 17, 2022