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October 22, 2020

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For non-medical questions, email covid19info@gov.yk.ca or phone 1-877-374-0425.

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

Guidance for child care centres and family day homes: COVID-19

This guidance document is based on the latest scientific and infection control evidence and the current state of the epidemic in Yukon. Guidance will be updated as new evidence arises or the Yukon epidemiology significantly changes.

Licensed child care programs should adapt to support public health and infection prevention and control measures, including regular and thorough hand washing and frequent cleaning and disinfection as described in this guidance.

For additional information on using masks in non-health care settings refer to Wearing a non-medical mask in Yukon guidance.  

Contact: 

For more information on COVID-19 and the most update information on the Yukon situation visit Yukon.ca/COVID-19 or call COVID-19 InfoLine at 877-374-0425 between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. 7 days a week.

Safe spacing

Physical distancing and reduced physical contact is challenging to implement in child care settings and may impact early learning in relation to collaboration, sharing and building connections. The following measures allow for a social and emotional learning environment for children, while helping to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19:

  • Children should be grouped or cohorted as much as possible. This means keeping a group of children and staff together without mixing with other groups of children. This helps reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and facilitates contact tracing if there's a need for it.
    • Groups or cohorts of children should remain consistent as much as possible.
    • The same Educator should remain with their assigned group as much as possible.
  • Close contact is permitted within a group or cohort, however general infection prevention and control practices should still be maintained where possible.
    • Substitute educators (that is, who are not part of a cohort) should adhere to all public health measures, including physical distancing, as developmentally appropriate.
  • Regular pre-COVID activities can be maintained within a cohort of children and their assigned educator.
  • Manage flow and spacing of groups in common areas especially smaller areas such as hallways and bathrooms.
  • Minimize the number of additional adults entering the child care centre to provide programming, unless that person is critical to the care or inclusion of a child in care (for example, a speech language pathologist or a child care inspector). 

Download posters with additional social distancing measures.

Note: the licensing requirement for child-staff ratios must be maintained at all times.

Hand washing and personal practices

Both children and staff can pick up germs easily from anything they touch, and can spread those germs to objects, surfaces, food and people. These germs are transferred to faces through touching of the:

  • nose;
  • mouth; and
  • eyes.

All licensed child care centres and day homes must follow hand hygiene and personal practices:

Thorough hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Staff should be careful not to touch their faces. It is not practical to endeavour to keep children from touching their faces. Instead, we recommend teaching them to keep hands to themselves, off the faces of others as developmentally appropriate.

Use positive reinforcement through play to teach these messages.

Educators play a key role in helping children wash their hands effectively.

Children forget about proper hand washing so staff and children should practice often and staff should model washing hands properly in a fun and relaxed way.

Where possible, children should be supervised when hand washing and assisted if needed.

Children should wash their hands: 

  • when they arrive at the facility;
  • before they go home;
  • after using the washroom;
  • before eating and drinking;
  • whenever hands are visibly dirty;
  • after sneezing or coughing into hands;
  • before and after any transitions within the school setting (for example, to another classroom, indoor-outdoor transitions, moving to on-site child care); and
  • after playing outside or handling pets. 

Care providers, teachers, administrators and support staff should wash their hands: 

  • when they arrive at the facility;
  • before they go home;
  • after using the washroom;
  • before handling food and assisting children with eating; 
  • before and after giving or applying medication or ointment to a child or themselves;
  • after each diaper change;
  • after contact with body fluids (for example, runny noses, spit, vomit and blood);
  • after cleaning tasks;
  • after removing gloves; 
  • after handling garbage;
  • whenever their hands are visibly dirty; and
  • before and after any transitions within the school setting (for example, to another classroom, indoor-outdoor transitions, moving to on-site child care).

We recommend that caregivers model other personal practices such as:

  • using a sleeve or tissue to catch a cough and sneeze (for example, due to seasonal allergies); and
  • staying home when even mildly ill. 

Download resources:

Frequent cleaning and disinfecting
  • All programs must follow the territorial regulations regarding cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting.
  • General cleaning and disinfecting should occur once a day. Higher concentration disinfectants are not more effective and may cause irritation.
    • Use disinfectants on surfaces cleaned with soap or detergent and water.

Only use disinfectants that are approved for use in daycares and on recommended surfaces. 

Disinfecting agent concentration and uses
Disinfecting agent concentration and uses
  • High touch areas should be cleaned and disinfected at least twice a day.
    • This includes washrooms (toilet handles, faucets), doorknobs, handles, tables, chairs and toys.
    • Food contact surfaces must be cleaned with a product safe for food surfaces, or immediately rinsed after disinfection.
  • The recommendation is for use of bleach that is 5.25%.
    • Mix bleach in room temperature, not hot water.
    • Do not mix bleach solutions with any other cleaners or acids like vinegar, lemon juice, ammonia containing products (for example, Windex) or rubbing alcohol. This can create toxic gases.
  • Avoid using cleaners and disinfectants within close proximity to children.
    • Use disinfectants in well-ventilated areas, for example, open windows.
    • Stream instead of mist product onto surfaces to reduce inhalation hazards
  • Any water in play tables should be changed between groups. After use by 1 group, the water must be discarded immediately and the basin should be washed and sanitized.
  • Each educator is encouraged to clean and disinfect shared staff areas such as staff bathrooms at least twice a day and objects when they are transferred between staff (for example, phones).
  • If a child becomes sick while at the child care centre, in addition to isolating the child, all items touched or used by the child must be cleaned and disinfected.
When children should stay home

Parents and guardians should follow the Can your child go to daycare guidance. 

All children and staff should stay home if they:

  • have any symptoms of common cold, influenza, COVID-19 or other infectious respiratory disease;
  • travelled outside of British Columbia, the Northwest Territories or Nunavut in the last 14 days; or
  • had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 and have been directed to self-isolate by Yukon Communicable Disease Control.

Staff should assess themselves daily for symptoms. Encourage parents and guardians to assess themselves and their children before bringing their child to the centre or day home. Staff and parents and guardians can use the COVID-19 self-assessment tool or contact a health care provider for additional guidance.

Child care programs are encouraged to enhance existing policies so that children or staff who have respiratory or gastrointestinal symptoms (such as fever, cough and diarrhea) remain at home.

What to do when children are sick

Staff who display symptoms should inform their supervisor and go home right away.

If a child develops symptoms while at the facility, please take the following actions:

  1. Isolate the child in a separate room. If a separate room is not available at that time, keep the child at least 2 metres away from other children. Educators should wash their hands after contact with the child, and avoid contact with the child’s respiratory secretions.
  2. Notify the parents or guardians to come and pick up the child immediately.
  3. All items (toys, bedding, tables, etc.) used by the child should be immediately removed from the reach of any other children and should be sanitized right away. The areas where the child has been should be cleaned and sanitized (for example, doorknobs, bathrooms, isolation room).

Each program is required to identify a plan for self-isolation, and if possible include a room with a closed door and designated space to hold a sick child.

Children can return to daycare when they are symptom free or if a health care provider has cleared them to return to the child care centre.

Educators should stay home if they are experiencing symptoms until a health care provider has cleared them to return to work.

Please phone YCDC at 867-667-8323, if absenteeism is higher than expected level (for example, more than 5 to 10%) determined by the child care program, and it is thought to be due to a communicable disease such as influenza or a gastrointestinal illness.

Meals and food handling
  • Staff and children should wash their hands before and after eating.
  • For children who can manage appropriately, or where type of food is appropriate, encourage use of utensils. This includes food from home and food prepared on-site.
  • Food from home should be stored with the child’s belongings and must not be shared with other children.

The following measures are recommended if child care programs provide food to children:

  • All staff who are handling food must practice diligent hand hygiene and are not to work if symptomatic.
  • Children and visitors are prohibited from entering the kitchen.
  • Children are not allowed to prepare food that will be shared with other children and staff.
    • If children are involved in food preparation for individual consumption, ensure they have their own set of cooking equipment and an individual cooking station.
  • All food should be served directly to children using single service or disposable utensils and plates.
  • Snacks should be prepared in individual servings and given to the child directly.
  • Cutlery, napkins and other items should be provided to children, rather than allowing them to pickup their own items.
  • Remove all shared containers from the dining areas (water and milk pitchers, snack bowls, etc.)
Outdoor activities
  • Have children outside often, including learning activities, snack time and playtime when possible.
  • Ensure adequate ventilation and open windows if possible.
  • Routine cleaning of outdoor spaces is sufficient. Public playgrounds and spaces may be used.
Visitors

Only parents, guardians, Child Care Services Unit staff and special staff for learning support, such as speech language pathologists, are permitted to enter the facility. They must observe physical spacing of two metres from all persons except their own children.

All non-essential visitors and volunteers are not permitted to enter.

Pick-up and drop-off
  • Parents should maintain physical distance from staff and other children present and be reminded to practise diligent hand hygiene and maintain physical distance when they are in the facility.
    • Parents and caregivers who are ill, even mildly, must not enter the child care facility.
  • Stagger the timings of pick-up and drop-off if possible.
  • If there are multiple entrances, pick-up and drop off can be split at separate entrances to avoid parents gathering in large numbers.
  • Reduce contact during sign in and sign out. Parents should use their own pen and avoid touching the sign in and sign out sheet directly or should wash their hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer directly before and after touching the sign in and sign out sheet.
Signage

Post signs and other visual cues throughout the facility to remind staff, children and parents or guardians to perform hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene (cover nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing).

Post signs to remind people not to enter if they're sick, even if their symptoms are mild. 

Find all of our posters. 

Personal protective equipment

Personal protective equipment, such as masks and gloves are not recommended in the child care setting, beyond those used by staff as part of regular precautions for the hazards normally encountered in their regular course of work (e.g. diapering children).

Cloth or non-medical homemade masks are not recommended. Wearing one is a personal choice.

Masks are not recommended for use by children unless advised to do so by a health care provider. In young children in particular, masks can be irritating and may lead to increased touching of the face and eyes.

Common questions

What do we know about COVID-19 in children?

  • The virus that causes COVID-19 has a very low infection rate in children. Most children and youth are not at high risk for COVID-19 infection.
  • Children and youth typically have much milder symptoms of COVID-19 most often presenting with low-grade fever and a dry cough. 
  • Evidence indicates transmission involving children is primarily limited to household settings and from COVID-19 positive adults to children.
  • Clusters and outbreaks involving children and youth are unusual and tend only to occur in areas where there are high levels of community spread.

Should children with allergies stay home?

Children with seasonal allergies do not need to stay home. If parents are unsure whether symptoms are related to allergies or an infection, the child should stay home as a precaution and the family should contact their health care provider for medical advice. 

Are toys and books safe?

Use toys and other items that can be easily cleaned throughout the day.

Like other respiratory viruses, there is no conclusive evidence that the COVID-19 virus is transmitted via textbooks, paper or other paper products. As such, there is no need to limit the distribution of books or paper-based educational resources to children due to concerns about virus transmission. 

If a child lives with a person with confirmed COVID-19, can the child still attend child care?

No. People that live with a confirmed COVID-19 patient who is still infectious will have been directed to self-isolate at home. For more information about living with someone with COVID-19.

Are pregnant women at a higher risk for COVID-19? Should they continue to work in child care settings?

  • Pregnant women are not at higher risk of being infected by COVID-19 or developing severe illness.
  • Pregnant staff should consult their health care provider to assess their risk and to determine if they should work. 

For more information, visit the BCCDC Pregnancy page

Should staff with underlying health conditions continue to work in child care settings?

  • People with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and lung disease are at higher risk of developing more severe illness or complications if they acquire COVID-19. The risk of acquiring COVID-19 in Yukon has remained low for some time.
  • Staff with underlying health conditions should consult their health care provider to assess their risk and to determine if they should work.
  • COVID-19 virus has a very low infection rate in children and there is no conclusive evidence that children who are asymptomatic pose a risk to other children or to adults.

For more information, visit the BCCDC Vulnerable Populations page.

Is it safe for staff who have elderly household members with underlying health conditions to continue to work in child care settings?

  • Yes. It is safe for child care staff who have elderly family members or Elders with underlying health conditions living in their house to work in child care settings.
  • They should follow good infection prevention and control and hand hygiene practices before work and after work, as described in this guidance.

Is there a risk to looking after children of health care workers who work with COVID-19 patients?

There is no evidence indicating children of health care workers (HCW) are at increased risk of COVID-19 infection than children of non-HCW. This is likely due to diligent adherence to infection control practices in health care settings, careful monitoring of HCW for symptoms, and follow-up of their household contacts.

Is it safe for a child or staff to attend two different child care settings?

Yes. It is safe for children or staff to attend more than one child care setting.

There is no conclusive evidence that children who are symptomatic pose a risk to other children or to adults.

Evidence indicates transmission involving children is primarily limited to household settings and from COVID-19 positive adults to children.

Children are not the primary drivers of COVID-19 spread in schools or in community settings.

Are child care providers being prioritized for testing for COVID-19?

Anyone with symptoms, however mild, can be assessed by a healthcare provider to determine whether testing for COVID-19 is appropriate. If you have no symptoms, testing is not recommended.

Use the Yukon COVID-19 self-assessment tool to help determine if you need further assessment for COVID-19 testing by a healthcare provider. 

Physical distancing and reduced physical contact is challenging to implement in child care settings and may impact early learning in relation to collaboration, sharing and building connections. The following measures allow for a social and emotional learning environment for children, while helping to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19:

  • Children should be grouped or cohorted as much as possible. This means keeping a group of children and staff together without mixing with other groups of children. This helps reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and facilitates contact tracing if there's a need for it.
    • Groups or cohorts of children should remain consistent as much as possible.
    • The same Educator should remain with their assigned group as much as possible.
  • Close contact is permitted within a group or cohort, however general infection prevention and control practices should still be maintained where possible.
    • Substitute educators (that is, who are not part of a cohort) should adhere to all public health measures, including physical distancing, as developmentally appropriate.
  • Regular pre-COVID activities can be maintained within a cohort of children and their assigned educator.
  • Manage flow and spacing of groups in common areas especially smaller areas such as hallways and bathrooms.
  • Minimize the number of additional adults entering the child care centre to provide programming, unless that person is critical to the care or inclusion of a child in care (for example, a speech language pathologist or a child care inspector). 

Download posters with additional social distancing measures.

Note: the licensing requirement for child-staff ratios must be maintained at all times.

Both children and staff can pick up germs easily from anything they touch, and can spread those germs to objects, surfaces, food and people. These germs are transferred to faces through touching of the:

  • nose;
  • mouth; and
  • eyes.

All licensed child care centres and day homes must follow hand hygiene and personal practices:

Thorough hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Staff should be careful not to touch their faces. It is not practical to endeavour to keep children from touching their faces. Instead, we recommend teaching them to keep hands to themselves, off the faces of others as developmentally appropriate.

Use positive reinforcement through play to teach these messages.

Educators play a key role in helping children wash their hands effectively.

Children forget about proper hand washing so staff and children should practice often and staff should model washing hands properly in a fun and relaxed way.

Where possible, children should be supervised when hand washing and assisted if needed.

Children should wash their hands: 

  • when they arrive at the facility;
  • before they go home;
  • after using the washroom;
  • before eating and drinking;
  • whenever hands are visibly dirty;
  • after sneezing or coughing into hands;
  • before and after any transitions within the school setting (for example, to another classroom, indoor-outdoor transitions, moving to on-site child care); and
  • after playing outside or handling pets. 

Care providers, teachers, administrators and support staff should wash their hands: 

  • when they arrive at the facility;
  • before they go home;
  • after using the washroom;
  • before handling food and assisting children with eating; 
  • before and after giving or applying medication or ointment to a child or themselves;
  • after each diaper change;
  • after contact with body fluids (for example, runny noses, spit, vomit and blood);
  • after cleaning tasks;
  • after removing gloves; 
  • after handling garbage;
  • whenever their hands are visibly dirty; and
  • before and after any transitions within the school setting (for example, to another classroom, indoor-outdoor transitions, moving to on-site child care).

We recommend that caregivers model other personal practices such as:

  • using a sleeve or tissue to catch a cough and sneeze (for example, due to seasonal allergies); and
  • staying home when even mildly ill. 

Download resources:

  • All programs must follow the territorial regulations regarding cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting.
  • General cleaning and disinfecting should occur once a day. Higher concentration disinfectants are not more effective and may cause irritation.
    • Use disinfectants on surfaces cleaned with soap or detergent and water.

Only use disinfectants that are approved for use in daycares and on recommended surfaces. 

Disinfecting agent concentration and uses
Disinfecting agent concentration and uses
  • High touch areas should be cleaned and disinfected at least twice a day.
    • This includes washrooms (toilet handles, faucets), doorknobs, handles, tables, chairs and toys.
    • Food contact surfaces must be cleaned with a product safe for food surfaces, or immediately rinsed after disinfection.
  • The recommendation is for use of bleach that is 5.25%.
    • Mix bleach in room temperature, not hot water.
    • Do not mix bleach solutions with any other cleaners or acids like vinegar, lemon juice, ammonia containing products (for example, Windex) or rubbing alcohol. This can create toxic gases.
  • Avoid using cleaners and disinfectants within close proximity to children.
    • Use disinfectants in well-ventilated areas, for example, open windows.
    • Stream instead of mist product onto surfaces to reduce inhalation hazards
  • Any water in play tables should be changed between groups. After use by 1 group, the water must be discarded immediately and the basin should be washed and sanitized.
  • Each educator is encouraged to clean and disinfect shared staff areas such as staff bathrooms at least twice a day and objects when they are transferred between staff (for example, phones).
  • If a child becomes sick while at the child care centre, in addition to isolating the child, all items touched or used by the child must be cleaned and disinfected.

Parents and guardians should follow the Can your child go to daycare guidance. 

All children and staff should stay home if they:

  • have any symptoms of common cold, influenza, COVID-19 or other infectious respiratory disease;
  • travelled outside of British Columbia, the Northwest Territories or Nunavut in the last 14 days; or
  • had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 and have been directed to self-isolate by Yukon Communicable Disease Control.

Staff should assess themselves daily for symptoms. Encourage parents and guardians to assess themselves and their children before bringing their child to the centre or day home. Staff and parents and guardians can use the COVID-19 self-assessment tool or contact a health care provider for additional guidance.

Child care programs are encouraged to enhance existing policies so that children or staff who have respiratory or gastrointestinal symptoms (such as fever, cough and diarrhea) remain at home.

Staff who display symptoms should inform their supervisor and go home right away.

If a child develops symptoms while at the facility, please take the following actions:

  1. Isolate the child in a separate room. If a separate room is not available at that time, keep the child at least 2 metres away from other children. Educators should wash their hands after contact with the child, and avoid contact with the child’s respiratory secretions.
  2. Notify the parents or guardians to come and pick up the child immediately.
  3. All items (toys, bedding, tables, etc.) used by the child should be immediately removed from the reach of any other children and should be sanitized right away. The areas where the child has been should be cleaned and sanitized (for example, doorknobs, bathrooms, isolation room).

Each program is required to identify a plan for self-isolation, and if possible include a room with a closed door and designated space to hold a sick child.

Children can return to daycare when they are symptom free or if a health care provider has cleared them to return to the child care centre.

Educators should stay home if they are experiencing symptoms until a health care provider has cleared them to return to work.

Please phone YCDC at 867-667-8323, if absenteeism is higher than expected level (for example, more than 5 to 10%) determined by the child care program, and it is thought to be due to a communicable disease such as influenza or a gastrointestinal illness.

  • Staff and children should wash their hands before and after eating.
  • For children who can manage appropriately, or where type of food is appropriate, encourage use of utensils. This includes food from home and food prepared on-site.
  • Food from home should be stored with the child’s belongings and must not be shared with other children.

The following measures are recommended if child care programs provide food to children:

  • All staff who are handling food must practice diligent hand hygiene and are not to work if symptomatic.
  • Children and visitors are prohibited from entering the kitchen.
  • Children are not allowed to prepare food that will be shared with other children and staff.
    • If children are involved in food preparation for individual consumption, ensure they have their own set of cooking equipment and an individual cooking station.
  • All food should be served directly to children using single service or disposable utensils and plates.
  • Snacks should be prepared in individual servings and given to the child directly.
  • Cutlery, napkins and other items should be provided to children, rather than allowing them to pickup their own items.
  • Remove all shared containers from the dining areas (water and milk pitchers, snack bowls, etc.)

  • Have children outside often, including learning activities, snack time and playtime when possible.
  • Ensure adequate ventilation and open windows if possible.
  • Routine cleaning of outdoor spaces is sufficient. Public playgrounds and spaces may be used.

Only parents, guardians, Child Care Services Unit staff and special staff for learning support, such as speech language pathologists, are permitted to enter the facility. They must observe physical spacing of two metres from all persons except their own children.

All non-essential visitors and volunteers are not permitted to enter.

  • Parents should maintain physical distance from staff and other children present and be reminded to practise diligent hand hygiene and maintain physical distance when they are in the facility.
    • Parents and caregivers who are ill, even mildly, must not enter the child care facility.
  • Stagger the timings of pick-up and drop-off if possible.
  • If there are multiple entrances, pick-up and drop off can be split at separate entrances to avoid parents gathering in large numbers.
  • Reduce contact during sign in and sign out. Parents should use their own pen and avoid touching the sign in and sign out sheet directly or should wash their hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer directly before and after touching the sign in and sign out sheet.

Post signs and other visual cues throughout the facility to remind staff, children and parents or guardians to perform hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene (cover nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing).

Post signs to remind people not to enter if they're sick, even if their symptoms are mild. 

Find all of our posters. 

Personal protective equipment, such as masks and gloves are not recommended in the child care setting, beyond those used by staff as part of regular precautions for the hazards normally encountered in their regular course of work (e.g. diapering children).

Cloth or non-medical homemade masks are not recommended. Wearing one is a personal choice.

Masks are not recommended for use by children unless advised to do so by a health care provider. In young children in particular, masks can be irritating and may lead to increased touching of the face and eyes.

What do we know about COVID-19 in children?

  • The virus that causes COVID-19 has a very low infection rate in children. Most children and youth are not at high risk for COVID-19 infection.
  • Children and youth typically have much milder symptoms of COVID-19 most often presenting with low-grade fever and a dry cough. 
  • Evidence indicates transmission involving children is primarily limited to household settings and from COVID-19 positive adults to children.
  • Clusters and outbreaks involving children and youth are unusual and tend only to occur in areas where there are high levels of community spread.

Should children with allergies stay home?

Children with seasonal allergies do not need to stay home. If parents are unsure whether symptoms are related to allergies or an infection, the child should stay home as a precaution and the family should contact their health care provider for medical advice. 

Are toys and books safe?

Use toys and other items that can be easily cleaned throughout the day.

Like other respiratory viruses, there is no conclusive evidence that the COVID-19 virus is transmitted via textbooks, paper or other paper products. As such, there is no need to limit the distribution of books or paper-based educational resources to children due to concerns about virus transmission. 

If a child lives with a person with confirmed COVID-19, can the child still attend child care?

No. People that live with a confirmed COVID-19 patient who is still infectious will have been directed to self-isolate at home. For more information about living with someone with COVID-19.

Are pregnant women at a higher risk for COVID-19? Should they continue to work in child care settings?

  • Pregnant women are not at higher risk of being infected by COVID-19 or developing severe illness.
  • Pregnant staff should consult their health care provider to assess their risk and to determine if they should work. 

For more information, visit the BCCDC Pregnancy page

Should staff with underlying health conditions continue to work in child care settings?

  • People with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and lung disease are at higher risk of developing more severe illness or complications if they acquire COVID-19. The risk of acquiring COVID-19 in Yukon has remained low for some time.
  • Staff with underlying health conditions should consult their health care provider to assess their risk and to determine if they should work.
  • COVID-19 virus has a very low infection rate in children and there is no conclusive evidence that children who are asymptomatic pose a risk to other children or to adults.

For more information, visit the BCCDC Vulnerable Populations page.

Is it safe for staff who have elderly household members with underlying health conditions to continue to work in child care settings?

  • Yes. It is safe for child care staff who have elderly family members or Elders with underlying health conditions living in their house to work in child care settings.
  • They should follow good infection prevention and control and hand hygiene practices before work and after work, as described in this guidance.

Is there a risk to looking after children of health care workers who work with COVID-19 patients?

There is no evidence indicating children of health care workers (HCW) are at increased risk of COVID-19 infection than children of non-HCW. This is likely due to diligent adherence to infection control practices in health care settings, careful monitoring of HCW for symptoms, and follow-up of their household contacts.

Is it safe for a child or staff to attend two different child care settings?

Yes. It is safe for children or staff to attend more than one child care setting.

There is no conclusive evidence that children who are symptomatic pose a risk to other children or to adults.

Evidence indicates transmission involving children is primarily limited to household settings and from COVID-19 positive adults to children.

Children are not the primary drivers of COVID-19 spread in schools or in community settings.

Are child care providers being prioritized for testing for COVID-19?

Anyone with symptoms, however mild, can be assessed by a healthcare provider to determine whether testing for COVID-19 is appropriate. If you have no symptoms, testing is not recommended.

Use the Yukon COVID-19 self-assessment tool to help determine if you need further assessment for COVID-19 testing by a healthcare provider.