Emergency Child Care Plan Update April 1

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Peterborough ON - Eligibility for child care through the Emergency Child Care Plan for provincially identified essential workers is expanding to include essential municipal workers such as police, fire services and paramedics.

The Emergency Child Care Plan in Peterborough started accepting applications from employees at Peterborough Regional Health Centre and Peterborough Public Health on Friday, March 27, 2020 and from employees at long-term care facilities on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

The Emergency Child Care Plan service for provincially identified essential workers is provided at no cost to parents. There are 114 spaces for children from infants to 12 years old. To be eligible, the family must have no other option for child care.

People from the identified workplaces can apply for the emergency child care plan online at www.peterborough.ca/childcareforessentialworkers.

“Our community is extremely grateful for the efforts of all workers who are protecting the health and safety of others as well as ensuring that essential services continue,” Mayor Diane Therrien said.

Eligible workplaces/occupations for the Emergency Child Care Plan at this time:

  • Peterborough Regional Health Centre and Peterborough Public Health
  • Long-term care facilities and long-term care providers (e.g. RPNs and PSWs) from organizations such as VON and Nightingale Nursing
  • Community medical offices
  • Municipal essential staff:
    • Emergency services (e.g. police, fire, and paramedics)
    • Peterborough Utilities (e.g. water and electricity workers)
    • Wastewater treatment
    • Sanitation
    • Social services (e.g. Ontario Works case workers)
    • Public Works
    • Municipal and community staff supporting homelessness services

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.

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.

The application process is centralized through the City of Peterborough. Applications can only be submitted through the centralized application process – they will not be accepted by the approved individual centres. The program includes the 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.

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