Child Care FAQs
As we enter Phase 2 of the Renew PEI Together plan, beginning May 22nd:
- the number of licensed child care centres operating will grow from 22 to 155, which will create an additional 1,200 child care spaces.
- private home-based child care will reopen to create up to 2,100 child care spaces.
Frequently Asked Questions
I am returning to work in Phase 2, am I eligible to receive child care services?
During Phase 2, priority for licensed child care spots will be for parents who must leave home to work, and have no other child care options.
If your child was in a licensed centre before COVID-19, you will have priority to return to that spot. If you are not returning to work during this phase, you will not lose your space in the centre.
If you are now using private child care services, please continue to do so.
How do I apply for child care?
Operators are contacting families who would normally attend their centre. If you have not yet heard from your child care provider, please start by contacting them directly.
Should there not be a space immediately available, please register for child care services here. The Department of Education and Lifelong Learning will assist you in locating a space at another centre, should one be available.
I am currently using emergency child care, what happens to my space?
Whatever option you have in place for emergency child care, please continue with that option.
What guidelines will change in Phase 2?
In Phase 2, the following restrictions will be lifted:
- there will be no requirement to take children’s temperature, unless they are ill.
- playgrounds attached to the centre can be used with strict cleaning and usage protocols.
- immunocompromised children can return to the centre with a letter of approval from their medical practitioner.
- private home-based centres can return to normal operations, while practicing social distancing.
Will I be required to pay for child care in Phase 2? Is financial support available?
Yes, parents will be required to pay for the cost of licensed child care, home-based care and private services.
Government will provide a COVID-19 Child Care Allowance of $75 per week, per child, until June 26th to help families with child care costs.
The Child Care Subsidy program is also available to help many families depending on your situation and income level. The program is flexible and offers options for support.
What options are there for infants or children who are immunocompromised?
During Phase 2, private services will continue to be the option for infants and immunocompromised children. With a medical practitioner’s letter of approval, a child who is immunocompromised may be able to attend a child care centre.
What about my child in elementary school who needs care, what are my options?
Both the licensed school aged child care centres and private home-based centres are permitted to open in Phase 2.
Many operators have begun contacting the families who would normally attend their centre. If you have not yet heard from your child care provider, please start by contacting them directly.
We have been in discussion with the Public Schools Branch and French Language School Board and should there be a need for additional school aged spaces, schools will be used.