Arrivals and Departures
Dropping off and picking up your child(ren) will work differently. In order to ensure the health and safety of all, children must be dropped off outside at unit 106 (office). A staff member will be there to greet all families, do a health check and bring the children to their appropriate classrooms and wash their hands. Please note the markers on the windows as to where to stand to ensure social distancing. Pickup will occur outside unit 106 (office). When you arrive a staff member will bring your child to you with their belongings. Drop off times will happen between 630am-9am and pickup times will be between 3pm-6pm. If you need a different time please contact management in advance to ensure staff are available to follow through with health and safety protocols. Please ensure to give yourself extra time as health and safety protocols may take a little longer than past drop offs and pickups.
Health checks will take place every morning at drop off outside unit 106 (office). Parents will be asked questions in regards to illness symptoms. Parents must take child’s temperature at home. Need to be below 100/37.8. Parents will be asked to ensure that they have an authorized person available to pickup their child within an hour if their child develops any illness symptoms while in our care.
All children will be greeted outside unit 106 (office) by a designated staff member and will be delivered to their classroom with their belongings and hands will be washed.
Sick Children and Staff
Staff and children will be excluded from the centre if:
- returning from international travel (including the USA)
- sick people waiting for a test or test result for COVID 19
- people with COVID 19
- people who have been in close contact with COVID 19 cases
- any people who develop flu like symptoms (fever, cough, vomiting, diarrhea, tiredness, aches, runny nose etc.)
- any child who has had fever reducing medications within the last 12 hours, regardless the reason
We understand this may be inconvenient to some but please remember this is in the best interest of all parties.
1. Children are no longer able to attend the centre if anyone in their household unit has symptoms of a common cold, influenza, COVID-19, or other infectious respiratory disease. Even if they are not showing symptoms themselves. Children are able to return once the family member has been assessed by a health care provider to exclude COVID-19 or other infectious diseases, AND their symptoms have been resolved for 48 hours WITHOUT any medications.
2. If a child shows symptoms they must be assessed by a health care provider to exclude COVID-19 or other infectious diseases, AND their symptoms have been resolved for 48 hours WITHOUT any medications.
If a child is unable to pass the morning health check they will NOT be accepted into the centre and must be taken home immediately. If they have a sibling at the centre they will not be able to attend as per the above policies.
If your child becomes sick while in care they will be separated immediately from others to the office with a staff for supervision. Parents, emergency contact, or authorized contact will be notified to pickup. Pickup needs to take place within the hour.
If a staff becomes sick they will be directed to stay home or leave premises as quickly as possible. They will self isolate away from the group if unable to leave immediately until a replacement staff is available.
Please note in order to stay in ratio with licensing standards you may be asked to pickup your child early, be turned away in the morning if there are no replacement staff available, or wait until the next staff comes on shift.
Please notify management immediately if your child is staying at home due to any illness or is in contact with a COVID 19 case immediately.
Ratios and Group Sizes
Our ratios will be maintained as per licensing requirements.
Programs will be kept separate and only combine in emergency situations or if required to continue care with the staffing we have.
In order to keep program sizes as small as possible all non nappers will be taken outside during nap time. This will allow for further social distancing, fresh air and more cleaning opportunities during this time.
Children’s Naps and Rest Times
All cots, bedding and personal items will be laundered on a daily basis. If laundered at home, please bag item immediately once clean in a sealed plastic bag before returning to the centre. Please only send required items that your child needs to sleep.
All items will be stored in your child’s cubby to avoid contact between others. Children will sleep head to toe to avoid possible transmission of illness.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Objects and Surfaces
Cleaning and disinfecting will happen at least 2 times a day. During nap and once all the children have gone home for the day - if something is not able to be done at night it will be done in the morning before the children arrive to ensure classrooms are ready. When staffing ratios are able – cleaning will also take place when children are outside.
Throughout the day all mouthed toys will be placed in a bin to be washed and sanitized before others can play with them.
Toys will be cleaned and sanitized before storing away and upon taking out of storage or being shared between programs.
If parents would like to donate any cleaning or day to day supplies that would be greatly appreciated. We can only operate as long as we have the supplies to do so. Donations must be discussed with management in order to ensure they can be used with our licensing regulations and delivered outside of unit 106 (office).
Hand washing with soap and water is still the single most effective way to reduce the spread of illness. When sinks are not available hand sanitizer will be used with staff supervision. Hand washing should be taking place:
-arriving and leaving centre
-before and after food handling
-before and after applying medication
-after changing diapers
-after assisting child using a toilet
-after using the bathroom
-after contact with body fluids, runny nose, spit, vomit, blood
-before and after putting on your PPE
-after handling garbage
-whenever hands are visibly dirty
-after playing outside
-after sneezing or coughing
-after handling pets or animals
At the centre we will be discussing proper coughing, sneezing, and nose blowing etiquette. We ask you work with your children at home on this as well.
Physical Distancing Strategies
Staff will be assigned to specific rooms to minimize movement of staff and children between rooms – except in the case of emergencies or to stay within licensing regulations.
We will be keeping group activities small and reminding children to keep hands to themselves.
Bathrooms and laundry room can have 1 adult at a time.
Personal Protective Equipment
Masks and gloves are not required or recommended to be used by children in the centre.
Staff can use PPE (masks) if they feel they need to but is not required. Staff will use disposable gloves when cleaning body fluids, cleaning toys, and when diapering.
Mealtimes and Food Service
To avoid cross contamination lunch kits will be placed under each child’s chair, not on the table. Water bottles, dishes and utensils will be kept out of children’s reach and teachers will assist as needed.
When possible please pack food in disposable packaging to limit staff handling food and to allow for easy clean up.
Staff will wash their hands between handling each child’s food items.
Staff and Management
Staff will assess themselves on a daily basis to ensure they are healthy. Management will continue to use email and phone for communication with parents. Please be sure to check your email daily for any new information. We will do our best to keep you as informed as possible. Please note that any questions or concerns will be answered as soon as possible and we apologize for any delays as we work through new policies and guidelines.
Suppliers and Visitors
We will not be allowing suppliers or visitors into the centre during this time. Suppliers will be met outside and any meetings or tours will take place either by phone or online.
Amendment 1 - June 8, 2020
Due to the low COVID cases we are making an amendment to our COVID safety plan. We will still continue to health check at unit 106 in the mornings. However parents will be allowed to walk their child/ren to their class and pick them up. We just ask that you (parent) remain outside the classroom door and wait for your child there. The doors will be sanitized between families, elevator buttons and hallway railings will be sanitized and teachers will continue to sign children in and out. If there are multiple families picking up/dropping off at once, we ask familes to remain 6 feet apart at all times. If families call ahead of time it will ease in this transition and make pick up times move faster.