As the one-day strikes by Ontario elementary school teachers hit the GTA, parents are being forced to make other arrangements for their young children.
Almost 300 schools have on-site childcare and although the union says it will not stop those who run those facilities, parents are being advised to call ahead to make sure they are open. City-run childcare facilities are expected to run as usual.
School-based full-day childcare centres in Durham will remain open for those currently registered.
For those who do not already have childcare arrangements made, there are some options for Tuesday.
- Several YMCA locations around the GTA will be offering day camps for children 4 to 12 at a cost of $40. Officials say space is limited. Click here for more information.
- Many skating rinks have opened for the season. For information on city run programs and activities click here.
- Several community centres offer day programs and activities for all ages. For a list of community centres in the GTA click here.
- Tuesday is ROM kids day where kids between the ages of five and 14 can take part in hands-on activities in galleries and learning labs as they explore the Royal Ontario Museum. Pre-registration is required. Limited space is available. Click here for more information.
- Young People’s Theatre (YPT) at 165 Front St. W., near Sherbourne Street, is running a pop-up workshop for the strike day for grades JK to 6 at the nearby St. Lawrence Community Centre. The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and costs $30 per student. You can register your child online here or call (416) 862-2222.
- The Second City is holding a one-day youth improv workshop for Grades 1 to 8 at its training centre at 70 Peter St. between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. The cost is $20 per student. You can register online here or call (416) 340-7270.
- Glenview Presbyterian Church, in the Yonge St. and Lawrence Ave. area, is running a “strike camp” from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per day, and children must bring their own bagged lunch.Call (416) 488-1156 or click here for more information.