Reopening of childcare services
As of May 11, all childcare services, including non-subsidized daycares and recognized and non-recognized family daycare centres, have been progressively reopening in all regions of Québec, with the exception of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (Montréal metropolitan community) and the regional county municipality of Joliette.
Childcare services in the Montréal metropolitan community and the regional county municipality of Joliette will reopen on June 1. Therefore, “emergency” daycare services in these two areas will be offered until May 29, inclusive.
To benefit from the service, your child must have been attending a daycare before the closure. In addition, your job must be on the list of essential services and commercial activities. School-aged children will no longer be able to benefit from educational childcare services.
The return to daycare is voluntary. Parents who use the service must resume paying parental fees at the regular rate. Any children who do not return to daycare immediately will not lose their place and will not be charged fees until the situation has returned to normal. Parents are encouraged to contact their daycares to discuss the terms of their child’s return.
Full measures must be taken to ensure the health and safety of children and daycare personnel. Prevention guidelines will be issued to daycares for this purpose.
Gradual widening of access to childcare services
Access to childcare services will be widened gradually based on a continuously updated list of priority services and activities. The number of children in daycares will increase gradually based on the recommendations of the Direction générale de la santé publique (DGSP).
If demand exceeds the number of places recommended by the DGSP, priority will be given to parents for whom working from home is not an option.
Recommendations with respect to keeping children out of daycare
The Direction générale de la santé publique recommends that parents not send their preschool-age children to daycare until further notice if:
- a child is vulnerable for health reasons (chronic disease, severe immunodeficiency, etc.)
- a mother is pregnant
- a parent or other family member is 70 years old or over
- a parent has a chronic disease or an immunodeficiency
- any other parents who are at risk of complications if they were to contract COVID-19
Factors relating specifically to daycare access
Apart from its intake capacity, the only other factor that a childcare service may use as a basis for refusing access is if a parent and/or a child have contracted COVID-19 or been in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. A parent’s pregnancy is not a sufficient reason to refuse a child access to daycare. In other words, a daycare cannot refuse access to a child because the parent may be at risk. The parent is the only judge in such situations.
Registration of new children to childcare services must be done on the La Place 0-5 website.
A helping hand
Workers are urgently needed to fill a number of positions. Anyone wishing to offer their services to the network of educational childcare services is invited to consult the Workers urgently needed in the context of COVID-19 page.
To consult also
Last update: June 5, 2020