Support for Children of Essential Service Workers (ESWs)

Accessing Care for School Aged Children (5-12 years, K-Grade 6)

The BC Ministry of Education is working closely with school districts and independent schools to support children whose parents are Essential Service Workers (ESWs).

The provincial government has established tiers to categorize ESWs: 

  • Tier 1 (highest priority): families employed in Health and Health Services, Social Services, Law Enforcement, First Responders, and Emergency Response. For child care, Tier 1 also includes children referred by MCFD and Delegated Aboriginal Agency social workers.

  • Tier 2 (second priority): families in all other occupations not included in Tier 1 that are listed in the Essential Services Workers list.

  • Tier 3 (third priority): all other families not employed in an occupation listed in the Essential Service Workers list. Accepting families in the third tier is not required but providers may at their discretion. 

Squamish Essential Service Workers who have school-aged children and are unable to make child care arrangements, can contact their school district to organize school based child care during the day.

Contact School District 48, Attention: Linda English including information about occupation, child(ren) (name, age, school / teacher), days of support needed, hours of support, and any unique needs.