Coronavirus (COVID-19): Childcare

Frequently Asked Questions for Families

Updated: May 13, 2021.

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Is it safe to send my child to care?
Updated: 13 May 2021, 2021

Yes. Child care remains a safe option for families.

We've worked closely with Public Health to develop layers of protection which make child care settings as safe as possible.

What changes were announced on May 28? Why?
Updated: 28 May 2021, 2021

Thanks to the strong commitment of Nova Scotians to follow public health guidelines, our province has seen a rapid decline in new COVID-19 cases during this third wave.

As of June 2, licensed child-care centres across the province can return to 100 per cent capacity.

What does this mean for families who voluntarily kept their children home from child care?
Updated: 28 May 2021, 2021

Families whose circumstances mean they are not ready to access their child-care space may continue to keep their child home and have their space held until June 30 without paying fees.

Families are encouraged to talk to their providers regarding timing of re-enrolling their child in licensed child care.

As of July 1, families must pay their fees or withdraw from child care. If they are not returning, their space will no longer be held.

Who should be getting an asymptomatic COVID-19 test?
Updated: 17 May 2021, 2021

Regular asymptomatic testing is encouraged for everyone. Nova Scotians who have a lot of contacts through their work should get tested weekly.

As long as you do not have symptoms, you do not need to isolate while awaiting the results of an asymptomatic test.

Who should be using the COVID-19 Daily Checklist and how?
Updated: 17 May 2021, 2021

Everyone should refer to the COVID-19 Daily Checklist before entering a child care setting.

Answer the questions in order.

  • If you answer yes to a question, follow the instructions.
  • If you answer no, move on to the next question.

Families must review the COVID-19 Daily Checklist to self-monitor their child for symptoms to ensure they are not required to self-isolate before sending them to child care.

Active screening (confirmed and recorded) is not required for families and children.

Are children in regulated child care programs required to wear masks?
Updated: 15 July 2021, 2021

Children 12 years of age and under in child care settings are not required to wear a mask while indoors; however, they may choose to continue wearing one at their/their families’ discretion.

Are masks required for children or staff outdoors?
Updated: 18 June 2021, 2021

Masks are not required when outdoors.

If a staff member, child, or family member has one symptom or any worsening health symptoms, should they enter the centre?
Updated: 15 July 2021, 2021


No. If a staff member, child, or family member identifies any new or worsening health symptoms while doing the ‘Daily COVID-19 Check List’, they should return home immediately and book a COVID-19 test.

I know of some families who need access to child care. Where can they go to find out if there are spaces available?
Updated: 27 April 2021, 2021

Families who are in need of emergency care can phone 1-877-223-9555 or e-mail

What happens if the centre must close because of a Covid-19 outbreak?
Updated: 27 April 2021, 2021

EECD will work directly with the child care centre if this is the case, as we have been with other centres.

Parents will not be charged fees and EECD will work with child care centres to support staffing and operational pressures.