Emergency School-Age Child Care Programme

Following the province’s decision to close schools for in-person learning, the government announced that it will provide Emergency School Age Care for school-aged children to eligible front line workers starting April 19, 2021.  

This temporary child care programme is funded by the Province of Ontario at no cost to eligible families and will be in place until otherwise announced.

To register for Guelph-Wellington Emergency Child Care families must:

  • Reside or work in the County of Wellington or the City of Guelph 
  • Be actively working in a job identified on the list of eligible workers
  • Need child care for at least 2 full days each week
  • Need child care immediately
  • Receive eligibility approval by the Children’s Early Years Division, County of Wellington

Application, Approval and Registration Process:

  1. Check to see if you might be eligible based on the List of Individuals Eligible for Emergency Child Care. If your family is a two-parent household, one parent must be on the List of Individuals Eligible for Emergency Child Care but both parents must be actively working.
  2. Complete the Emergency Care Eligibility Intake Form.
    The information is used by the County of Wellington to confirm your eligibility to use Emergency Child Care.
    • You must also upload verification of employment with this form (paystub, badge, ID card, Letter of Employment)
  3. Once your application has been reviewed, our office will contact you via email to ask questions and/or confirm approval of your application by the end of the next business day. 
  4. Families may contact any of the Emergency Child Care sites listed below to register their children.

  5. Registrations and placements are the responsibility of families and the child care programme.

County of Wellington staff will email you regarding your request and eligibility for Emergency Care by the end of the next business day.  If you do not receive a response within that time, please email emergencychildcare@wellington.ca to inquire about your application status.

Please note:
This is a new and separate Emergency Child Care period. If you received Emergency Child Care in January/February 2021, you need to complete the eligibility process again and contact a child care programme to determine if space is available.
Space is determined on a first come basis and is not guaranteed based on where your child attended in the past.

Remote Learning and Emergency School-Age Care

As part of this provincial programme, child care staff/providers implementing Emergency Child Care for school-aged children are asked to do their best to create conditions that support students’ engagement in remote learning (e.g., provide a suitable space and time in the ECC; support log-in to remote learning, if required).  The programme however cannot be responsible for managing the requirements of each individual child’s virtual learning environment.  It’s important to know that licensed child care settings have a set of legislated requirements they need to meet.  Please talk to your child care programme to better understand what they are able to offer as part of the programme to support remote learning.

Emergency Child Care Sites:

Community Resource Centre – J.D. Hogarth School Site (Fergus)
360A Belsyde Ave E
Fergus, ON

GS Care (Guelph School Guelph Care) – Sacred Heart School site (Guelph)
125 Huron Street
Guelph, ON

First Steps Daycare – School Age (Guelph)

55 Delhi Street
Guelph, ON

YMCA Three Rivers Child Care – Jean Little School site (Guelph)
56 Youngman Drive
Guelph, ON

YMCA Three Rivers Child Care – Rickson Ridge School site (Guelph)
177 Rickson Ave
Guelph, ON

YMCA Three Rivers Child Care – St. Michael School site (Guelph)
9 McElderry Road
Guelph, ON

Wellington Home Child Care
(serving Guelph & Wellington County)
Please contact provider’s directly to discuss possible space in their homes.
List of providers are available at:



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