Emergency Licensed Child Care for school-aged children

December 30, 2020

Huron County, Ontario – On Monday, December 21, the Premier of Ontario announced Safer at Home Restrictions for 28 days beginning December 26, 2020. All publicly funded elementary schools will be closed for in-person learning and students enrolled will move to virtual learning for the week of January 4 to January 8, 2021. The County of Huron (as the Service System Manager of Child Care and Early Years for the County of Huron) together with the Province of Ontario, recognizes that health care and other essential frontline workers must continue to go to work to support our communities. To support eligible essential service workers with the care of their school-aged children during the week of January 4 to January 8, 2021, we are providing Emergency Licensed Child Care at no cost. Licensed child care programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and centre-based kindergarten programs will remain open during the province-wide shut down.

Emergency Licensed Child Care services are reserved exclusively for children of essential workers identified in the Province of Ontario’s List of Workers Eligible for Emergency Child Care, who have exhausted all other alternatives. Both parents are required to submit verification of employment and at least one parent is required to be on the eligibility list from the Province. Child Care will only be available for the dates that both parents are required to be working outside of the home. The safest option for families is to have children remain at home.

To support essential service workers with the care of their children, the County of Huron is partnering with London Bridge: Relouw Early Childhood Learning Centre, Clinton Co-operative Childcare Centre, and Huron County Community Home Childcare to provide Emergency Licensed Child Care at no cost to families with school-aged children.  The County of Huron will be approving applications for Emergency Licensed Child Care spaces for eligible families on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligible workers seeking to access Emergency Licensed Child Care for their school-aged children are required to complete and submit the online application. Spaces are limited.

Emergency Child Care Centres currently providing Emergency Child Care:

  • London Bridge: Exeter Elementary school 93 Victoria St E, Exeter, ON N0M 1S1
  • Clinton Co-operative Childcare Centre  27 Percival St. Clinton, ON  N0M 1L0
  • Clinton Co-operative Childcare Centre – Goderich Public School site 125 Blake St. Goderich, ON N7A 1Z1
  • Huron County Community Home Childcare (for families already utilizing HCC and are eligible essential workers requiring care for their school-aged child)

The County of Huron Emergency Child Care Application can be viewed and completed here.

Please email completed applications to childservices@huroncounty.ca

The information you provide is collected safely and securely. This information is collected in accordance with s.29(2) of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and pursuant to section 71 of the Child Care Early Years Act, 2014. Information on this form will be used only to determine eligibility for Emergency Child Care in the County of Huron and will be shared exclusively with the licensed child care operator the child(ren) will attend.

The County of Huron asks the community to continue respecting all public health guidelines, including performing hand hygiene, practicing physical distancing, wearing masks and staying home if ill. Stay informed on the COVID-19 situation in Huron County by visiting the Huron-Perth Public Health website.


For more information contact:

Glen McNeil, Warden
519.524.8394 (ext 3224)