Children require certain vaccines or a valid exemption to attend child care
Child care educators need one of the following before they can start working:
Vaccines directed by the medical officer of health, or
A valid exemption
Child care providers must keep current and complete files for each child and staff with vaccination information, such as original immunization record, and valid exemption forms
Child care providers must follow the direction of the medical officer of health, including:
Reporting the immunization records for children attending child care to public health
Providing public health with a list of children attending the child care centre or home child care agency
Not allowing staff and children who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated in the child care centre when there is an outbreak. This is to minimize the risk of spreading the disease and to protect unvaccinated staff and children.
Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone. Children less than five years of age are at high risk of influenza-related complications. Influenza vaccine is also important for staff who have chronic health conditions.
Annual vaccination is strongly encouraged, no documentation required.
Although not a requirement for students and volunteers under The Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 students and vaccinations should also receive the vaccinations listed in the chart above for their personal protection
They should see their health care provider to determine their immunization status and to get any missing vaccines
The vaccine directions in the chart above apply to partners, spouses, frequent visitors, and adult children who reside in, or frequently visit the premise where a home child care service is operated, unless they are not responsible for child care provision
Any children age 17 or younger, residing in a home child care premise, are recommended to be immunized as per the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's publicly funded schedule
Have the child's parent or legal guardian complete the Child Care Immunization Form during registration. If you don't have a copy of the form, call 905-688-8248 or 1-888-505-6074 ext. 7425.
Make two copies of the child's original immunization record. Keep one for your files.
Send the completed Child Care Immunization Form and copy of the child's original immunization record to Public Health
Wait to hear back from Public Health. We will review the immunization record and let you know the child's vaccination status so that your child care can comply with Section 35(1) of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014.
Public Health doesn't collect staff immunization records or routinely review them.
Encourage staff to call the Vaccine Preventable Disease program for any questions or concerns they may have about vaccines at 905-688-8248 or 1-888-505-6074 ext. 7425.
Child care providers must complete the Child Care / Nursery School Monthly Report Form by the 10th of each month whether there are changes or not. If you don't have a copy of the form, call 905-688-8248 or 1-888-505-6074 ext. 7425.
When you have a new child enrol at your child care centre, you will need to follow the instructions under "Checking Vaccination Records" section for children.
You don't need to report records for children who are also attending a publicly funded school or private school to Public Health. Their record retention falls under the Immunization of School Pupils Act.
If there's an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease at the child care centre, unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated staff and children will be considered at risk. This means they may not be allowed to be at the child care centre until Public Health declares the outbreak is over.