Child care, daycare centres in N.S. to open June 15th

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The Nova Scotia government has announced that licensed child care centres and family daycare homes will reopen June 15th.

Child care centres will open beginning at a minimum 50 per cent capacity.

They can move up to full capacity if they are able to meet public health's COVID-19 guidelines for child care settings.

Family daycare homes will open at full capacity.

The province says the public health guidelines were created with input from pediatrics at the IWK Health Centre, and includes feedback received through a sector-led consultation with more than 2,500 participants.

All licensed child care providers are required to have an individual site-based plan in place to support reopening.

Reopening plans will include measures such as:

  • increased cleaning 
  • staggered pick-up and drop-off times
  • limit the number of essential visitors entering the facility
  • have children sleep six feet apart during nap time
  • create groups so the same children are together every day
  • limit contact with other groups in the centre
  • practise social distancing among staff, visitors and other groups when and where possible

Government will also provide hand sanitizer and single-use surgical masks to licensed facilities for the next six months.

Families will not be required to pay fees if they cannot access their child care space or are not ready to return.

Providers will receive funding on a sliding scale until September as they increase their capacity.

The province is encouraging families to talk to their providers regarding timing of re-enrolling their child in licensed child care.