By Joanne Rodgers, Bruce Peninsula Press
Tobermory Primary Place and Lion’s Head’s Bruce Peninsula Family Centre received approval from Bruce County to offer Emergency Child Care to essential workers in the area. Bruce County is offering targeted emergency child care for school aged children of first responders, health care professionals and essential workers.
This free service is for school-aged children of eligible workers who have no other alternatives for child care. In Northern Bruce Municipality, Tobermory Place and Bruce Peninsula Family Centre are the two licensed day care centres approved within Bruce Country.
A list of eligible workers who qualify for this service can be found at https://news.ontario.ca/en/backgrounder/61162/ontario-provides-emergency-child-care-for-critical-frontline-workers
Eligible parents are required to submit their requests for emergency childcare for their school-age children by emailing Bruce County Children’s Services at [email protected]
If their application is approved and there are available daycare spots, the Provincial Government will cover the regular cost of daycare service for the school-age child or children.
Currently, the Bruce Peninsula Family Centre in Lion’s Head has 16 children enrolled under this program. These 16 kids are sharing 13 spots, as such, they are at full capacity and could not take any children requiring full-time daycare. Supervisor Christy Given says they could possibly take a child on a casual basis only. Daycare is offered from 7:30 am to 5:15 pm from Monday to Friday. To find out information on their services visit their website (https://www.bpfc.ca/)
Tobermory Primary Place has only two families currently using the service. Andrea Munn, Administrator says there are a few applicants awaiting approval from the County. However there are more spots available to eligible school-age children. Day Care is offered from 8 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday. For more information on their services, visit their website (https://primaryplace.wixsite.com/tobermory)