While child care centres and home care providers are allowed to open as of 12:01 AM Friday, Brantford officials are asking parents to be patient.
On Monday, the province announced the City of Brantford and the County of Brant, along with 23 other jurisdictions, are permitted to advance to Stage 2 of the Province’s re-opening plan.
Brantford’s Chief Administrative Officer, Brian Hutchings, says Brantford has been successful in keeping the rate of COVID-19 transmission down because they’ve been diligent in managing the crisis from the beginning. “While the City is certainly encouraged that it can enter this next phase,” Hutchings says, “We also feel it’s important to proceed with caution”.
While the province announced child care centres could reopen as early as June 12th, there is a great deal of preparation work local operators need to complete before they can begin to resume safely following the operational requirements and guidelines issued by the province.
The City of Brantford is working with the Brant County Health Unit, the licensed child care operators, and local school boards to help ensure they meet the criteria to reopen safely.
Child care centres are working on updating their priority and waitlist policies to account for limited capacity when reopening, as well as meet new protocols that must be in place before they are approved to resume.
The city says, child care centres will communicate with clients directly regarding their policies, expectations, and new protocols as soon as the plans are finalized.
Emergency child care funding for frontline workers will end on June 26th. However, the city says it will also do everything possible to assist frontline worker families through the transition.