COVID-Related Child Care Supports
Government recognizes the increased burden to families who require child care, and the provision of child care while also juggling the challenges of Covid-19. The Department of Education and Lifelong Learning has introduced a number of child care supports for families and licensed child care and school age centres. We have outlined the various situations your family could be experiencing and highlighted the associated program below.
Your family could be eligible for one of these opportunities if:
- You are already registered and attending a licensed school age centre and you plan to continue to attend. You do not need to do anything as your child’s center will work with you to reduce your fees during the in-class school closure.
- If you do not typically use school aged child care but find your family is needing this service during the in-class school closure, click here to apply. Someone from the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning will follow-up with you.
- If your child is not attending a licensed school age centre and you require a private babysitter please click here. There is an allowance of $125 per child aged 5 –12 years of age, per week, for the period of January 4 - 31, 2022 to help with child care costs.
- Parents or guardians with children aged 0-5 years of age may also be eligible for the Child Care Allowance if their family has been negatively impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, or they choose not to utilize their regular licensed child care due to COVID-19 and require a private babysitter. Click here to apply.