Information current

October 19, 2020

We're in Phase 3 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions. Watch the latest video update.

For non-medical questions, email or phone 1-877-374-0425.

For medical questions or if you feel ill, phone 811, or launch the COVID-19 self-assessment tool.

Can your child go to daycare during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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This guidance is for children aged 6 months to 5 years old. 

Observe or talk to your child every day to see if they have new or worsening symptoms.

Pre-existing conditions do not apply. For example, a child with asthma may have a cough and some children get frequent runny noses during cold weather. You can talk to your child's daycare provider about what's normal for your child. 

Red symptoms 

  • Fever/chills
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

When your child has 1 or more red symptoms

Get your child tested

We strongly recommend testing if your child has 1 or more red symptoms. 

Your child should not attend daycare until you get their test results and the results are negative. Call the COVID Testing Centre at 867-393-3083 to book a test.

If you do not get your child tested

If symptoms clear up sooner than 10 days, your child must still self-isolate unless you are told otherwise by your health care provider. 

In this age group (6 months to 5 years old) red symptoms can be a sign of many different illnesses. 

If you think your child is sick, get urgent care. 

Yellow symptoms

  • Headache
  • Runny nose or congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea/vomiting or diarrhea
  • Fatigue or just unwell (acute/intense fatigue, generalized muscle aches not related to physical exertion, significant loss of appetite)

If your child has yellow symptoms but no red symptoms

Testing is optional if your child only has yellow symptoms. 

If your child is tested

Your child should not attend daycare until you get their test results. 

If your child is not tested

Your child can return to their regular activities when their symptoms have gone away.

If your child is throwing up or has diarrhea

If your child is throwing up or has diarrhea, keep them at home until 24 hours after their symptoms have gone away.

If your child has a runny nose or nasal congestion

If your child's a runny nose or nasal congestion:

  • lasts longer than 24 hours;
  • is mild and not getting worse; and
  • your child is otherwise well, they may return to daycare. 

Returning to daycare

You do not need a written note from your health care provider for your child to return to daycare.

No symptoms

Your child can go to daycare if they have no symptoms. 

If they're old enough, encourage them to follow the Safe 6.

This guidance does not apply if:

  • Your child is a contact of someone who has COVID-19.
  • Your child is severely immunocompromised or has a complex medical history.
  • Your child recently returned from travel outside Yukon.