Information for Providers
This information is to assist child care providers and operators during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specific information is available for Prototype Site Providers.
Last updated: September 9, 2020
On this page:
- Child care vacancies
- Transition through the Restart Plan
- Health and safety of child care providers
- Early childhood educators
- School-aged children
- Government response
Access the latest monthly COVID-19 newsletter updates to stay informed.
If you are looking for families to fill vacant child care spaces, please contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR) centre.
CCRRs are continuously updating their child care referral list for parents. Help keep this list up to date and proactively reach parents looking for child care in your area by giving them information about the child care vacancies in your centre.
Temporary Emergency Funding (TEF) will remain in place until August 31, 2020.
- As of September 1, 2020, all providers who received TEF reverted to their regular Child Care Operating Funding (CCOF) Base Funding.
The physical space requirements for licensed child care settings set out in the Child Care Licensing Regulation mean that child care centres already have sufficient space to support the physical distancing recommendations of the Provincial Health Officer.
- Child care centres can safely operate at full capacity if you choose to do so
- At any time if you are unsure about your facilities ability to follow the COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines, please contact your Licensing Officer for advice
Educator to child ratios remain in place and unchanged.
- Public health guidance suggests minimizing the number of adults entering a centre, unless they are providing care and/or supporting inclusion of a child in care
- Facilities may request approval for a temporary exemption in certain circumstances from their licensing officer
- However, we are encouraging all operators in need of assistance to consider practicum students in your community by inviting them to your centre for learning and development opportunities to enhance their skills during their schooling
Operators continue to make individual choices about when they wish to resume operations.
Review the Child Care Setting Practice Standards
Funding for Providers that Stay Open
Open child care providers will:
- Continue to receive Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative (CCFRI) payments, if eligible
- Continue to receive Early Childhood Educator (ECE) wage enhancements for their staff, if eligible
- Continue to receive Affordable Child Care Benefit (ACCB) payments on behalf of eligible families
Funding for Providers that Close
If you choose to close:
- Providers in receipt of base CCOF must notify the ministry by calling 1-888-338-6622, option 2 as soon as possible, so we can adjust your funding to reflect your closure
- Contact your local CCRR office to advise of the date of the closure, as CCRRs maintain a list of open and available child care spaces at centres
- Report your closure to your local licensing program or licensing officer within 24 hours, as per Schedule H of the Child Care Licensing Regulation
Federal Funding Programs
The federal government also provides the following options for Canadian businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Canada Emergency Response Benefit – if eligible, you can receive $2,000 for a 4-week period
- Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy – available to employers that are experiencing a decline in revenue
Funding Supports for Businesses
A compiled list of COVID-19 Supports for Businesses is available. Please contact support providers directly for eligibility and application details.
Refer to the Health & Safety Information page for more detailed information and guidance issued by the Ministry of Health.
Provider Liability for COVID-19 Transmission
According to the Liability Order issued by the Attorney General, child care providers cannot be held liable if an employee or child is exposed to the COVID-19 virus. However:
- This protection only applies to providers who are following public health guidance and other applicable regulatory bodies
- Providers should familiarize themselves with the Public Health Guidance for Child Care Facilities and the WorkSafe BC protocols for child care and day camps
- The order will remain in effect for as long as the state of emergency remains and until any relevant limitation periods have expired
- Businesses remain liable for everything else for which they would have been liable before
In this challenging and unprecedented time, we encourage employers to be as flexible as possible in supporting their staff with individual concerns related to COVID-19, while also balancing the needs of families requiring child care – particularly essential service workers.
- In the event a staff person is unable to attend work due to COVID-19, the employer and employee should discuss the most appropriate path forward
- Sites may need to temporarily reduce service levels if there are not enough staff and ECEs available to provide care
Our response continues to be guided by the direction of Dr. Bonnie Henry, our Provincial Health Officer. Child care centres can safely care for children by following the latest public health protocols.