Yes, any exclusion relating COVID-19, including self-isolation or quarantining are all paid for days.
We have reviewed reopening guidelines from all our Health authorities and the Ministry of Education, to create a comprehensive list of best practices to ensure the health and safety of our children and staff. Our entire team has
We have a screening area which is located at the front entrance of the childcare centre. Only one parent can enter the screening area with their child while everyone else must remain outside of the centre until they can enter. Children will be screened before entering the centre and monitored throughout the day for COVID-19 related symptoms. We will also ask the family member to attest to the absence of symptoms. Children will not be able to attend the centre should any family member display any of the symptoms described within this screening. Screening time is as follows; 7:30am-9:00am and 4:00pm-6:00pm. As well, centre staff will bring children to their respective classrooms at the beginning of the day and back to their families at the end of the day to minimize any exposure from outside sources.
All staff will wear gloves during any feeding, diapering, and cleaning process. Gloves will be removed, hands will be washed, and new gloves will be applied for each new process. Masks will be worn at all times throughout the day. During times of required close physical proximity, such as picking up a child, staff will use a disposable gown.
In the event your child becomes ill while at the centre, they will be removed from their classroom and brought to an isolated area. At that point, the supporting staff member will be required to wear gloves, gown, and a mask to minimize germ transfer, as well as maintain a two-meter separation. A parent or guardian will be contacted immediately and asked to pick their child up. Family members will be required to seek guidance from York Region Public Health to determine testing protocols. As well, you will be asked to keep your children home until they have been symptom-free for a period of 10 days or have received negative test results and are symptom free for 24 hours.
All high touch surfaces will be sanitized continuously. Soft materials that cannot be easily cleaned have been removed from the classroom indefinitely. Materials that have been mouthed or contaminated in any way with bodily secretions will be removed from the program until they can be washed and sanitized. Additional handwashing requirements will be implemented for all children and staff. They will be expected to wash their hands upon arrival to the centre, after outside play, before and after eating, after toileting, after diapering, after cleaning, after wiping noses, and intermittently throughout the day to ensure vigilant practice. Careful attention will be maintained during all snacks and mealtimes to eliminate cross-contamination of food items. All surfaces will be washed and sanitized thoroughly before and after mealtimes, and after usage all utensils/serving items will immediately be placed in a bin for washing and sanitizing. We also have a Fog Machine that sanitizes all areas of the centre at the end or day and when needed. Despite these frequent cleaning requirements and other procedures, we will continue to provide robust learning opportunities for your children.
- All non-essential visitors will not be permitted within our centre.
- Families need to wait outside until attended by an employee.
- Children will get their temperature taking and must pass screening questions to be signed in.
- Following all guidelines from the Ministry of Health and York Region Public Health
- Daily washing of bedding and toys.