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Wellington County looking for emergency home child care providers

The county is looking for those who were working in licensed child care to provide home child care for children of frontline workers
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COUNTY OF WELLINGTON – The Wellington Home Child Care Agency is looking for individuals to provide temporary contracted child care for health care workers and first responders at their homes. 

The County of Wellington website says they are specifically looking at individuals who were working in licensed child care as of March 1, 2020. This will provide emergency child care to eligible workers who live and/or work in the Wellington service delivery area which includes Guelph. 

Eligible workers include those in health care, policing, corrections, fire services, paramedics and other similar professions. 

Families with children up to 12 years old can apply based on availability of child care spaces. This child care is funded by the province at no cost. 

According to the Wellington emergency child care/COVID-19 guidelines, the safest option is still to have children remain at home if possible. Child care will be provided in situations where both parents or sole parents must report to an official work location with no ability to work from home or other alternatives. 

To limit the transfer of COVID-19, emergency child care must follow the guidelines that details enhanced measures to limit virus spread. 

Home child care providers must complete a daily health screen on themselves and every member in their household one hour before the first family is scheduled to arrive. 

Placements can be suspended any time should a child, centre staff member or the home child care provider display symptoms.

WDGPH is not conducting health screening for childcare centers and all applications should be directed to the appropriate Child Services Program at Wellington County/City of Guelph and Dufferin County.

Learn more here.