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Child Care Options For Health Workers And Other Pandemic Response Workers
Healthcare providers delivering services related to the pandemic are working increased hours and may be separated from their families. There is a need for additional child care supports for front-line workers.
The Government of Saskatchewan is re-purposing child care facilities in schools to provide child care services to support staff in health care and other employees who are delivering services related to the pandemic response, beginning Monday, March 23.

The child care centres in schools have been closed to existing clients as of March 20. Parents in those centres are receiving communication directly from their child care providers about this change.

“We thank the child care providers in schools for working with us during this extraordinary time to provide this essential service for our health care and other pandemic response service employees,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said. “We know the impact this change has on families but during these times we are looking for everyone to contribute to the support for the broad community response to the COVID-19 virus.”

Priority for these spaces will be given to staff in health care and other pandemic response workers for infant, toddler, preschool or school age children, that require care as those individuals continue to provide support in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The list of eligible people for the emergency and pandemic response child care spaces includes:

- Employees directly related to providing essential services in health care including employees working in hospitals, long-term care facilities, community and primary health, home care, personal care homes, labs, pharmacies, COVID-19 assessment and testing sites, scheduling departments, and payroll departments including nurses, physicians and physician clinic staff, emergency medical services staff, and other staff essential to the operations of these facilities/departments.
- Employees working directly in child protection, income assistance, and community living connected to the Ministry of Social Services
- Employees working directly in residential services connected to the Ministry of Social Services
- Child care centre employees of licensed child care facilities
- Employees directly related to providing essential services in SaskPower, SaskEnergy, SaskTel, water and wastewater management
- Employees directly related to providing essential services for police and fire.
  • Provision of child care services for front-line workers
  • Subsidizing child care services for front-line workers
  • Community Health Workers
  • Dental Providers
  • Medical Imaging Workers
  • Medical Laboratory Technologists
  • Mental Health Workers
  • Midwives
  • Nurse Practitioners*
  • Nurse Specialists*
  • Nurses - Licensed Practical
  • Nurses - Registered
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Paramedics
  • Personal Support Workers
  • Pharmacy Workers
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physicians - Emergency
  • Physicians - Intensive Care
  • Physicians - Primary/Family
  • Physicians - Specialists
  • Public Health Workers
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Speech/Language Pathologists
  • Other Health Care Workers
Government of Saskatchewan
  • Community Health Services
  • Critical Care
  • Diagnostic Services
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Home Care Services
  • Hospitals
  • Indigenous Health Services
  • Long-Term Care
  • Mental Health Services
  • Primary Health Care
  • Public Health
  • Other
Formal Policy
Rose Semchuk
Government of Saskatchewan
306-787-5609
Canada - Saskatchewan
English
Grey Literature

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