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Employee Child Care needs in the event the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario engages in Job Action

Date: May 5, 2015
To: All eligible University of Toronto faculty & staff
From: Angela Hildyard, Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity; Francesca Dobbin, Director, Family Programs & Services, Human Resources & Equity
Cc: The Bulletin; HR Divisional Offices
Re: Employee Child Care needs in the event the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario engages in Job Action

Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) members will be in a legal position to impose job sanctions on May 10, 2015. Job sanctions could include work to rule, rotating strikes or a full strike.

If job sanctions result in rotating strikes or a full strike, many parents and caregivers will need to make childcare arrangements. We hope that all Managers will attempt to be flexible and accommodate these arrangements if and as necessary, and we thank you in advance for your cooperation.

On-campus childcare services will not be affected by EFTO job sanctions. However, parents with children attending a childcare centre located in a school should confirm with the childcare operator if they will remain open during a strike.

Kids & Company

We’d like to remind employees that the University has an agreement with Kids & Company to provide emergency backup childcare services for children ages 6 months to 12 years. All their GTA childcare locations are open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. U of T employees can purchase the emergency backup service for $60 per day per child and / or an annual membership for $350 for up to 15 visits, to any of their existing locations at any time within the 12 month membership term (January to December). Registration for this service is online at Kids & Company under the “Get Started” tab.

When registering, you will be asked to choose your company. Staff and faculty, please select ‘University of Toronto – Employees’ (there is also a ‘University of Toronto – Current Student’ option). Please contact a location site directly after registering to confirm if space is available on a particular day. If you have questions, you can contact Sharon Shoolman sshoolman@kidsandcompany.com or 905.771.1153 ext. 1030.

Camp U of T

Another backup option for employees is Camp U of T. Camp U of T will be running MultiSport programs for children 5 – 12 years old. All programs operate from 9am – 4pm, with supervision included between 8- 9am and 4 – 5pm. Extended care is available from 5 -6pm for an additional fee. Programs will operate at the Athletic Centre, 55 Harbord St. Camp is $54 per day. Details are available online and registration is online, in person or by fax. Contact us: campuoft@utoronto, Camp Directors: 416.978.5437.

For further childcare inquiries contact the Family Care Office at family.care@utoronto.ca or call 416.978.0951.

Camp UTSC

A third option available to University of Toronto Scarborough employees is Camp UTSC, starting Tuesday May 12, running from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Camp UTSC is $40 per day (no lunch provided). To register, contact Rochelle Welch at rwelch@utsc.utoronto.ca or call 416.208.5156.