Emergency Planning & Covid19

Child care programs are essential

So are clear Covid-19 policies and procedures.


At all times, child care professionals should first reference the BC CDC and WorkSafe BC for COVID-19 policies and procedures.  


Please note - all these files have been shared as a google doc.  You are NOT able to edit the google doc.  You must first "copy" or "download" the document; you will then be able to edit your version, copy and paste as required, and save for your own program.


Policies Required for Child Care


Note that all child care programs are now required to have a COVID-19 policy.  Licensing my ask to see this policy during inspections.

Child care programs with employees must also complete and post a Worksafe plan. The above link will take you to the Worksafe BC pdf download to create your Worksafe BC COVID-19 document to post in your program.


Guidelines to help write your COVID-19 policy document


Updated May 29th, 2020: This document references available technical guidelines from across Canada and is designed to help guide operators in writing a COVID-19 policy document for their own program.  Your document should include new operating procedures, cleaning protocols, health and wellness policy, actions if a child or staff becomes sick while at the program, and anything else your program is doing to protect public health.  Please note that any employer in BC is additionally required to have the WorkSafe BC COVID-19 posted and available in their program.



Updated May 29, 2020: The above button links to a COVID-19 health and wellness policy, reflecting the CDC and health authority suggestions / recommendations as of May 29. Includes a parent template acknowledging child health status for drop off.  This will form one portion of your COVID-19 policy document. 




Templates and samples for a COVID-19 policy document


Buttons below link to downloadable policies in use in child care centres.  Please note that as policies and recommendations change, some of the policy details included in these samples may no longer reflect current guidelines.  These can be downloaded and edited to create your COVID-19 policy document.


 Uploaded: May 29 2020 

Uploaded: May 18 2020 

 Uploaded: May 20 2020 

Uploaded: May 20 2020 

Uploaded: May 18 2020 



Administrative support documents for COVID-19



This memo of understanding is a template intended for parents, highlighting the changes in health policy.  Sample text is included, for programs to pick and choose what is appropriate for their program.  If you don't have the time or the confidence to start from scratch, this is a great prompt to help you create a simple document for your families.


 Uploaded: May 4 2020 



(last updated: May 14) Samples of letters for programs to send families who have temporarily withdrawn due to COVID19 and are now being recalled as TEF ends; a sample of letter giving notice to a first responder family who has filled a TEF space.



(last updated: May 1) List of BC distilleries producing hand sanitizer.  Includes contact information.



Samples of staff recall letters for staff who were temporarily laid off due to Covid-19, providing notice of a recall to work.



Coming soon: A sample staff illness procedure template, with prompts for programs to insert program-specific directions to employees when exhibiting any illness symptoms.



Coming soon: For programs that are not allowing parents in the facility, this file lists possible gradual entry options for programs to support building parent-centre connections and to ease the gradual entry process for children beginning care for this first time..




Government / Centre for Disease Control Covid-19 Links 

These links are government documents and/or websites that relate to child care programs during the Covid-19 pandemic.  


Guidelines on cleaning and disinfecting, including valid sanitizer / disinfectant solutions, from the BC Centre for Disease Control.


Order of the Minister of Public safety and solicitor general, Ministerial Order M094, "Protection Against Liability"


This is the current BC government list of essential service workers.  According to TEF funding guidelines, for prioritizing child care services, child care providers will priortize Essnetial Service workers following :

Tier 1 (highest priority): employed in Health and Health Services, Social Services, Law Enforcement, First Responders, and Emergency Response. For child care, Tier 1 also includes children referred by MCFD and Delegated Aboriginal Agency social workers.

Tier 2 (second priority): all other occupations not included in Tier 1 that are listed in the Essential Service Workers list.

Tier 3 (third priority): all other families (not employed in an occupation listed in the Essential Service Workers list.


Temporary Emergency Funding guidelines & FAQs from MCFD. 


Questions and answers on Covid-19 and child care settings, from the BC CDC and the Ministry of Health.


Download and print free signage and posters for your child care setting, from the BC Centre for Disease Control.


Government responses from MCFD for the child care sector.  last updated March 26, 2020




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