Child care for employees at Peterborough Regional Health Centre and Peterborough Public Health

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Outdoor space at Pearson Day Care

Peterborough ON - Child care services are available for employees at Peterborough Regional Health Centre and Peterborough Public Health at no cost to parents starting Monday, March 30, 2020 through a new emergency child care plan for provincially identified essential workforces.

There are 114 spaces available for children from infants to 12 years old. To be eligible, the family must have no other option for child care.

The provincial government has allowed for the limited operation of licensed child care centres and licensed home child care that are approved to operate under the emergency child care plan. The Province has identified jobs that are eligible to access the program, such as essential service health care professionals.

“Our frontline health care professionals, those who are risking their health to help others, are true heroes. We need to take care of the hands that take care of us and our government’s provision of child care for frontlines workers is, simply put, the least we can do. I hope they and their families stay safe and healthy throughout this pandemic. Together, we will get through this,” Dave Smith, MPP Peterborough-Kawartha.

“The workers at Peterborough Regional Health Centre and Peterborough Public Health are on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mayor Diane Therrien said. “Our community is extremely grateful for the efforts off all workers who are protecting the health and safety of others as well as ensuring that essential services continue.”

Future phases of the program, if available, would be open to staff at long-term care homes, paramedics, fire protection services, police, water and electricity utilities, and social services as well as other occupations identified by the province. The opening of applications for those phases would be announced if there are spaces available.

No other licensed child care providers are allowed to be open at this time, except through the emergency child care plan, which is being delivered by Social Services for the City and County of Peterborough.

The number of spaces is limited for health and safety considerations in the child care centres. There will be a maximum of six children and two care providers in each room – and not more than 50 people, including children, staff and parents, in a building at any one time.

Staff will be trained on how to monitor for illness and how to respond if someone becomes ill, Therrien said.

“We will ensure that there’s active screening in place,” she said.

Information is being distributed by Peterborough Regional Health Centre and Peterborough Public Health to their employees on how to apply for the child care services. Please do not call Social Services to inquire – the information is available through the employer.

The application process is centralized through the City of Peterborough, which is opening its municipal Peterborough Child Care and Pearson Child Care programs as well as working with community providers including Compass Early Learning and Care , Northview Day Care and Wee Watch Home Child Care. Applications can only be submitted through the centralized application process – they will not be accepted by the approved individual centres.

The COVID-19 situation is evolving. New decisions may be made affecting municipal services and facilities. For an up-to-date list of affected municipal services and facilities, please visit www.peterborough.ca/covid19.

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For additional information, members of the media are invited to contact:

Brendan Wedley, Manager of Communication Services

City of Peterborough

705-742-7777 ext. 1636