REGINA -- Anyone returning to work under phase one or two of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan will have access to licensed child care services, the province announced in a release Thursday.

More than 2,100 school-based child care spaces are currently operating as part of a reserve supply for pandemic response workers. These facilities will be accessible to other parents returning to work.

“We still have a significant number of spaces available in the school-based child care facilities, so we are going to be opening those spaces to other workers who may require childcare now or in the weeks ahead as we begin to implement the very first couple of phases of the reopened Saskatchewan plan,” said Premier Scott Moe said at a press conference Thursday.

The centres will continue to follow the health and safety guidelines provided by the province, including a maximum of eight children per room and increased sanitization measures.

The province said there are a total of 47 school-based centres opening as part of the reserved supply, and 350 non-school based child care centres and homes that have continued to operate through the pandemic.

“As we move to gradually re-open Saskatchewan, we know that parents, caregivers and families returning to work will need child care support, and we are helping them by ensuring their children are safe and well cared for,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said.

These changes will come into effect on Monday, May 4.

Parents can find the application form for these in-school child care centres on the Government of Saskatchewan website.