Wellington County offering childcare to emergency workers

The County of Wellington is working in partnership with the Ministry of Education to support health care and other frontline workers in Guelph and Wellington by providing access to licensed child care at no cost during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The list of workers eligible for emergency child care is issued by the Ministry of Education. The county’s Children’s Early Years Division is working as quickly as possible to assess the needs of those eligible for emergency child care to prioritize our implementation process.

The county is working with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health to develop policies and procedures that will be required in the operation of approved emergency licensed child care settings to help limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

“It’s essential that health care and other frontline workers have access to emergency child care during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Warden Kelly Linton. “The county will continue to work in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health to provide this crucial service.”

A survey is currently only available to families whereby the occupation of both parents or guardians or a sole parent or guardian is listed on the Government of Ontario’s Workers Eligible for Emergency Child Care.

Eligible parents and guardians who live and/or work in the County of Wellington or City of Guelph are welcome to complete the survey for children 12 years of age and under.

To survey can now be accessed at www.wellington.ca/emergencychildcareservices.