COVID-19: Child Care for Essential and Critical Service Workers

The Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board is authorized by the Province of Ontario to provide emergency child care for children of essential and critical service workers.

 

Emergency Child Care is funded by the Province and will be available at no cost to families, for children 18 months to under 13 years. Services will operate Monday to Friday, based on centre hours. Centres are located in school-based and community-based licensed child care facilities as well as home child care providers operated by not-for-profit organizations. 

COCHRANE

Cochrane Child Care Centre

435 Tenth Avenue

Operating Hours: 6:30a.m. to 7:30p.m.

Serving ages 3 months to 12 years

HEARST

Bouts de Chou

1100 Edward Street

Operating Hours: 7:00a.m. to 6:00p.m.

Serving ages 18 months to 12 years

KAPUSKASING

Centre Educatif Rayon de Soleil (Jacques Cartier)

8 Brunelle Road South

Operating Hours: 6:00a.m. to 6:00p.m.

Serving ages 18 months to 12 years

TIMMINS

YMCA of Timmins

376 Poplar Ave. Timmins, ON

Operating Hours: 6:30a.m. to 7:00p.m.

Serving ages 18 months to 12 years

 

Rayon de Soleil (Lionel Gauthier)

145 St-Jean Street, Timmins, ON

Operating Hours: 6:30a.m. to 7:30p.m.

Serving ages 18 months to 12 years

 

Northern Treasures Home Child Care Agency

Head Office: 500 Algonquin Blvd. East, Timmins, ON

Operating Hours: dependant on home provider hours

Serving ages 3 months to 12 years

Emergency childcare services are reserved exclusively for children of essential and critical workers who have no other alternatives for childcare. The safest option for your family is to have children remain at home if at all possible. If there is another adult in the home who is able to care for the children (even if they are working from home), families will not be eligible for Emergency Child Care. Only workers who are required to report to an official work location to deliver the service, without the ability to work from home, will be eligible.

Emergency Child Care is reserved exclusively for children of essential and critical service workers identified in the Province of Ontario's, "List of Workers Eligible for Emergency Child Care.

This list of eligible workers may change as the emergency evolves and will be updated as required.

The Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board reserves the right to ask for verification as proof of eligibility.

Child care is available to District of Cochrane residents as an eligible worker as defined by the Province of Ontario.

Those who are granted a spot and have not attended for two days without notifying the centre with a valid reason for absenteeism will lose the child care spot. No spots will be held for families in case they may need the spot.

Phase 1 of the Emergency Child Care Plan, launching April 17, 2020, will begin with application screening, followed by child placements by Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board Children Services. This phase will be committed to eligible families for broader frontline health care communities including hospitals, health units, paramedics, police and fire  in order to meet the needs of the district communities during this pandemic.

Phase 2 will follow, with applications being screened from remaining eligible families from services deemed essential as listed above. Care will be offered to eligible families as it becomes available, on a "first applied, first served" basis. CDSSAB’s Children Services staff will contact applicants if space is available.

Please note that the number of spaces that can be opened will be limited by staff capacity, and health and safety issues, and that, unfortunately, the system may not be able to meet the needs of all eligible families.

If the level of demand exceeds the ability to provide care, the CDSSAB will prioritize child care space for front-line health care workers and first responders. If required, the CDSSAB will work closely with our provincial and community partners to determine how this service may be expanded.

Upon being notified that a spot is available at one of the emergency child care centres, families will have 24 hours to accept or decline the spot, after which time your child care space may be offered to the next eligible family.

We are committed to supporting the full participation of all children in our early learning and child care programs. 

At times, a child may require additional support over and above our Early Childhood practices and curriculum.

In some instances, this may require the consultation and support of our community partners from Community Living Child Care Resource Consultants. Working with a trained Consultant,  the childcare provider will develop an individualized plan for your child which does require some additional resources to be in place prior to a start date. Our goal is to ensure that all children experience a safe and engaging learning environment.

Emergency child care services are reserved exclusively for children of essential service workers who have no other child care alternatives. Please complete the online application to apply for emergency child care. After you apply, you will be contacted by Cochrane District Social Services Children Services’ staff if more information is required, and when a space is available for your family.

Because physical distancing is difficult when caring for young children, additional measures will be taken, in consultation with Porcupine Health Unit to maintain a healthy and safe environment. Precautions include:

•    daily screening of children and staff

•    increased disinfection

•    reduced group sizes

•    limiting the number of people in the centre

For more detailed information on groupings and health and safety measures, please review the CDSSAB Protocols for Emergency Child Care Centres document. This policy and procedure document must be followed at each approved centre. Child Care Centre staff will be trained and signed off on this document.

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