Reopening of childcare establishments
Since Monday, July 13, 2020, all childcare establishments in Québec, including those located in the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (Montréal metropolitan community) , the regional county municipality of Joliette and the municipality of l’Épiphanie, have been allowed to deliver childcare services to 100% of the maximum number of children indicated on their permit. Home childcare providers (HCPs) as well can once again deliver services to the regular number of children permitted under the recognition they have obtained from their coordinating office.
All measures are being taken to ensure the health and safety of the children and childcare staff. Hygiene and prevention guidelines have been sent to all childcare establishments.
Whenever possible, a two-metre distance must be kept between adults (that is, between educators themselves and between educators and parents) and between adults and children. However, this distance is not required between children in the same group or between children and educators in the same group (maximum of 10 children). Measures must be taken to minimize contact between groups.
For tasks that require being less than two metres away from children or other adults for a cumulative time of more than 15 minutes a day, educators and all other staff members must wear a high-quality medical procedure mask and eye protection (goggles or visor).
To ensure everyone’s health and safety, basic health rules such as respiratory hygiene (e.g. coughing into your elbow) and hand washing must be followed at all times.
Use of childcare services remains voluntary. Parents who do not wish to send their child back to their childcare facility will nonetheless keep their space until September 1, 2020.
However, all parents who wish to keep their space without sending their child to their childcare are required to pay the usual parental contribution since the reopening that has allowed 100% occupancy at childcare facilities – specifically, since June 22 in cold zones and July 13 in hot zones. This applies in both subsidized and non-subsidized childcare facilities.
Recommendations for parents
The Direction générale de la santé publique (DGSP) recommends that parents in the following categories talk with their treating physician before deciding whether their child should attend a childcare facility:
- pregnant women;
- families that have a person aged 70 years or older living with them;
- parents with a chronic disease or an immunodeficiency;
- parents whose children have a chronic disease or an immunodeficiency.
Only the parent can judge the situation to determine whether it is appropriate to use childcare services even if he or she has a risk factor that could lead to COVID-19-related complications. A childcare establishment may not, therefore, deny access to a child whose parent has one of the risk factors mentioned above.
The only reasons that a director of a childcare facility may deny access to a child, apart from intake capacity, are if the child or a person with whom he or she is in contact in the home has symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive for the virus, or if the child has travelled outside Canada within the past 14 days.
If a person living in the child’s home is waiting for the result of a COVID-19 test and has symptoms of the disease, the child must not be allowed into the childcare facility. If the test result comes back negative, the child may be allowed into the facility. If a person living in the child’s home is waiting for the result of a COVD-19 test but has no symptoms, the child may be allowed into the facility.
Registration of new children for childcare services must be done as usual through the single-window access to recognized childcare services at La Place 0-5 .
Can you help?
Workers are urgently needed to fill a number of positions. Anyone wishing to lend a hand to the educational childcare services network is invited to consult the Jetravaille! A simple and free job offer service within the context of COVID-19 page.
Last update: August 5, 2020