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Application for Emergency Child Care

On Monday, April 12, 2021, the Government of Ontario announced all publicly funded and private elementary and secondary schools in the province are to move to teacher-led remote learning when students return from the April break on April 19, 2021 to limit the spread of COVID-19. Private schools operating in-person the week of April 12th are to transition to remote learning by April 15, 2021. Data will be assessed on an ongoing basis and health officials will be consulted to determine when it will be safe to resume in-person learning.

During the period when schools are operating virtually, licensed child care centres and authorized recreation and skill-building providers will be prohibited from serving school-aged children, before and after school programs will be closed, and free emergency child care for the school-aged children of eligible health care and frontline workers will be provided.

Licensed child care centres and homes serving younger children may remain open for the full duration of remote learning. Please contact the operator directly regarding their plans.

Following the directive of the Government of Ontario, Northumberland County is offering targeted emergency child care services for school-age children to eligible health care and other frontline workers, starting April 19, 2021. Parent(s)/guardian(s) will only be eligible for care if the parent(s)/guardian(s) are working outside the home in an official work location.  If a parent/guardian is able to work from home, they are unable to receive targeted emergency care. Only licensed centres or homes approved to operate emergency care will be open with limited school-age spaces to facilitate health and safety measures. As there are limited school-age spaces, the County may have to prioritize care based on the occupation and type of care required. If approved, this school-age child care will be offered at no cost for this period only.

Please see the province's list of approved professions for emergency child care

While Northumberland County is working closely with local child care providers, health partners and the provincial government to protect the health and safety of children, parents and staff engaged with this service, the safest option for children is to remain at home, whenever possible.

If you think you may qualify for emergency child care, please complete an application for review.

Please note that, at any time, we may ask for verification of your employment to ensure eligibility for care. If approved for care, you are responsible for updating the Northumberland County Early Years team and the Licensed Child Care Agency if your circumstances change. If it comes to our attention that you have not provided the County with accurate or up to date information, your care will be revoked and further action may be taken.  
If you have questions or require assistance completing this form, contact: 905-372-6846 (Toll Free: 1-800-354-7051) or

Notice with Respect to the Collection of Personal Information (Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act), (Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act):
This information is collected in accordance with The Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 and will be used for the purpose of administering Northumberland County’s Emergency Child Care service.