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Child Care

Childhood Illnesses & Conditions

Child care centres present specific risks for the spread of illness because large groups of children share the same rooms, toys/activities, eating spaces and bathroom facilities.  In addition, many children are still in diapers, have developing immune systems and decreased hygienic practices. 

Child care operators are legally required to report suspect or confirmed Diseases of Public Health Significance (French version) to their local health unit. 

Report to us as soon as possible using the form below:‚Äč
Diseases of Public Health Significance Notification Form - English 
Diseases of Public Health Significance Notification Form - French

We investigate all reports of diseases of public health significance in Simcoe County and Muskoka.  During investigations, we may contact you to request additional information and form our assessment. If the disease is confirmed, we will conduct further assessment to determine the risk to others.

If we identify that there is a risk to others int he centre, we will work together with you to ensure that families and staff are properly notified.

Additional Tools

The following tools provide information about many common childhood illnesses and associated exclusion recommendations for child care to follow.

Common childhood illnesses: A guide for caregivers - English
Common childhood illnesses: A guide for caregivers  - French
Quick reference guide of common childhood diseases

For more information, call our Infectious Diseases Team at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 ext. 8809, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.





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