Director of the Child Care Board, Joan Crawford. (FILE)
The Child Care Board is reducing staff numbers at the 15 Government-operated day care centres in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
A press release today said the reduction in staff is a result of fewer children in the centres.
The reduction in staff includes substitutes who serve as relief workers during instances of sick leave, vacation leave or emergency leave.
In addition, some members with short-term contracts were asked to stay at home for the remainder of the month. This would allow the board to meet the guidelines associated with COVID19.
The release said they have all received their monthly wages and salaries and will be reabsorbed into the Residential Care Programme effective April 1, 2020, if the current situation continues.
“The Child Care Board wants to inform parents that the day nurseries are still open for business and that strict guidelines will be enforced to ensure the safety of staff, children and parents.
“It should be noted, however, that consideration is being given to and discussions being held with a trade union with respect to a unique situation. We will continue to work with all unions with respect to all matters relating to workers and the care of the children of this nation,” the press release stated. (BGIS)