Here’s How Daycares Will Reopen

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Daycares have been gradually reopening in regions outside Montreal since May 11th. Starting June 1st, daycares in the greater Montreal area and the MRC of Joliette can open. In order to respect public health directives, not all children can return at once. How can you find out if your child will be able to go back to daycare?

The information below applies to all daycares, including non-subsidized daycares, recognized, and non-recognized family daycare centres.

A gradual reopening

Daycares can fill up to 30% of their capacity. Some will be allowed to fill up to 50% of their capacity if there is enough demand and if they have the necessary facilities and resources. Family daycares can have a maximum of 4 children. These limits will be gradually increased in line with public health recommendations. For more details, please see the Quebec government’s announcement here.

The available spaces are meant for children of parents who work in sectors that have been authorized to reopen by public health. To access the list of authorized sectors, please visit the Quebec government’s website.

Priority will be given to children of parents who cannot work remotely.

You only need to pay your daycare if your child is attending. For now, parents who do not have a place or who do not wish to send their child back to daycare won’t have to pay. However, all parents will need to start paying when daycares begin operating at full capacity, even if they decide not to send their child back.

The government recommends against sending your child back to daycare if:

  • You or your child are at risk (chronic illness, immunocompromised…).
  • You or members of your family are over 70 years old.
  • You are pregnant.
  • You have been told to self-isolate.

If there isn’t space for your child at daycare

There are alternatives if there isn’t space for your child at your daycare and you must return to work. For example, there may be temporary spaces at other daycares. You can consult La Place 0-5 (in French only) for more details. The issue of babysitting by grandparents has also been recently clarified by the authorities (in French only).

The law also gives workers the right to take time off to take care of their children. If you have not used them yet, you can take up to 10 days off. Two of those days are paid. However, you must have at least 3 months of service at your job.

Finally, if your only option is to stop working to take care of your children, you may be eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.