Children’s Services announced Sunday that they will be working to reopen licenced childcare centres for approximately 15,000 children, with a focus on those parents who are working on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“All Albertans are relying on those who are working in core service areas like health care,” stated Minister of Children’s Services Rebecca Shulz in a press release.
“That’s why we want to make sure child care is available for those who need it during this crisis.”
The focus will be on those centres closest to healthcare facilities, and the phases of reopening will be based on the areas with the most need.
Parents on the frontline will be notified through their employer whether they qualify for childcare, and the centre’s occupancy will be limited to 30 people including staff.
Healthcare and critical infrastructure employees will have first access to open spots, with any additional spaces being offered to first responders like firefighters and police afterwards.
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The spaces will be charging their typical rates within reason, and a subsidy is available for those parents who qualify.
The centres will also adhere to strict sanitary practices based on guidelines from the chief medical officer and Alberta Health Services.
“We are ready and able to contribute to this important effort,” stated Kids U Executive Director Anil Karim.
“We will ensure our staff strictly follow the health guidance we’ve received and parents can rest assured that while they are at work, their kids are safe and cared for.”
The Government of Alberta asks that Albertans use this resource judicially, taking spaces only if it is the only way they are able to work in their sector.