Emergency Child Care for Wellington and Guelph

Apply for Emergency Child Care   Recruiting Emergency Licensed Child Care Providers

In response to the Province of Ontario’s steps to support health care and frontline workers during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Wellington Children’s Years Division will approve designated Emergency Child Care licensed child care services for critical service workers identified in the Province of Ontario’s “List of Workers Eligible for Emergency Child Care” who live and/or work in the Wellington service delivery area (County of Wellington and City of Guelph).

Eligible families with children ages birth up to 12 years are able to apply to the Wellington Children’s Early Years Division and may be approved for Emergency Child Care based on the availability of child care spaces. Emergency Child Care is funded by the Province of Ontario at no cost to the family.

The safest option is for the community at large is to have children remain at home, if possible. Emergency Child Care will only be provided to families whereby:

  • a sole parent/guardian is eligible and has no other alternatives for child care OR
  • a two parent family has one parent/guardian is eligible and the second parent must report to an official work location to perform work duties without the ability to work from home, and who have no other alternatives for child care.

Emergency Child Care is available for children ages birth up to 12 years of age, is funded by the Province of Ontario at no cost to the family and subject to availability of licensed child care spaces.  

To limit the transfer of COVID-19, Emergency Child Care must follow the Wellington Emergency Child Care Guidelines that details enhanced measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.  Health Screens provided by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health will be completed as part of the application process and monitored daily at the child care placement.  Placements will be suspended at any time should there be any indication of signs, symptoms of probable COVID-19.

Planning Priorities:

Guidelines for Parents and Guardians    Guidelines for Operators

  • Support immediate and future access to child care for health care services and frontline workers who respond to emergency situations and the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Sustain critical services that promote the safety, health and wellbeing for vulnerable individuals and the community at large.
  • Plan for a variety of reliable and stable licensed child care options
  • Limiting the spread of COVID-19 through enhanced requirements

Any questions may be submitted to: emergencychildcare@wellington.ca

Recruiting Licensed Child Care Providers

The Wellington Home Child Care Agency is expanding to provide Emergency Child Care Services for health care workers and first responders during the COVID-19 outbreak.

We are currently looking for individuals who were working in licensed child care as of March 1, 2020 and are interested in providing temporary contracted child care in their home or in the home of the family.

Guidelines for Operators

Proposed Home Child Care Rate Schedule 2020

In the Provider's Home Child Care

Code Type of Care Infant and Toddler (birth up to 2 years) Preschool/School Age (2-13 years)
A Up to 6 hours $31.80 $28.95
B Over 6 to 12 hours $46.65 $42.45

Over 12 to 18 hours

$62.45 $56.80
D Over 18 to 24 hours $82.90 $75.45

In the Family's Home Child Care

Code Type of Care Care for 1 to 3 Children Care for 4 to 6 Children
A Minimum 6 Hours Base Rate $150.00 $180.00
B Additional Rate Pre-Calculated Per Hour (to Code A) $22.50 $25.00


To apply, please email Jodi McMahon, Wellington Home Child Care Supervisor.

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