KEEPING YOUR CHILDREN SAFE DURING COVID-19 IS OUR BIGGEST PRIORITY:
Our Centre operates under the most stringent guidelines provided by Alberta’s health officials, and we are entirely equipped to provide comprehensive care for your child with heightened awareness. This page is regularly updated as we continue to follow COVID-19 regulations and maintain the strictest measures for the health and safety of both parents and staff.
FOR PARENTS :
PRIMARY CHECKS AND SCREENING
●The child’s temperature will be taken before entering the center
●Remain vigilant for common flu-like symptoms.
●Mandatory screening is conducted at drop-off and pick-up times.
PICK-UP AND DROP OFF
●Parents are not allowed to visit the facility this time. staff will take the children from the front door and take them into their room.
●At the pick-up time, the staff will bring the child to the front entrance.
●Parents are requested to maintain a minimum distance of six feet, away from the entrance of your child’s room while waiting.
●Payments are right now accepted only with auto-deposit for full or part-time care and e-transfer for drop-in care.
●Children’s accessories must be sanitized and labeled before arrival at the Centre. Some accessories like water bottles and blankets are retained at the Centre and washed and sanitized by staff.
●Food and other food-related items like sippy cups or bottles must be labeled and cannot be shared.
MEASURES FOLLOWED AT THE CENTRE
BASIC HYGIENE PROTOCOLS
●All the rooms at the Centre undergo thorough cleaning throughout the day.
●Staff wears daycare clothing at the Centre, which is washed before leaving at the end of the day.
●Social and emotional support is provided for children in distress by staff wearing masks and gloves. A cotton sheet over the employee’s shoulder ensures that there is no skin contact with the child.
●Staff use masks during prolonged close interactions with children (e.g. when changing a diaper, assisting with feeding. etc.)
●High-touch surfaces – e.g. tables, doorknobs, play equipment, etc. – are disinfected at least five times a day.
●Low-contact surfaces – e.g. windowsills, doors, furnishings, etc. – are disinfected a few times daily.
●Indoor and outdoor play equipment is disinfected before use, and between groups of children.
●Staff teach and encourage children to practice handwashing frequently during the day, and also ensure it’s done correctly.
HEALTH SCREEN AREA
●The Centre has set up designated health screen areas outside each room equipped with requisite materials like hand sanitizers, screening forms, etc.
●Staff is trained to adhere to Government health screening guidelines and checklists.
●Subsequently, staff ask relevant questions during the screening process every day and evaluate if parents and children have strictly met the requirements.
LIMITING THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE
●The number of people in a room is restricted to 30 individuals including staff.
●Visitors are not allowed during the day.
●Staff schedules are carefully planned and assigned to avoid frequent interaction between staff and cohorts of other rooms.
●Outdoor activities are similarly planned to ensure minimal interaction.
●An additional three members of staff are designated solely to clean the Centre, assist parents with pick-ups and drop-offs, and other administrative duties on a daily basis.
PLANNING ACTIVITIES AND LESSONS
●Group activities like circle times, mealtimes, etc. have been replaced with smaller group activities.
●Group activities, in turn, are broken into smaller groups. For e.g. two or three craft corners instead of one.
●Play schedules are carefully planned to naturally limit the number of participants.
●Educators undergo special training to optimally set up the play environment.
●Invitations are spread across the room to avoid groups of students playing in a specific area.
●Lessons are meticulously planned to help children understand social distancing in an age-appropriate and engaging manner.
●Lesson plans and visual cues are provided to help children understand what physical distancing looks like.
●Outdoor activities and playtimes are staggered to eliminate waiting and close grouping.
COMPLYING WITH GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES
●Close monitoring of daily attendance and of people who need to travel outside Canada.
●The Centre’s Director will immediately inform parents of relevant updates from the Government.
●Sanitary habits and toiletry practices are strictly reviewed periodically to meet the guidelines of the Alberta Health Services.
PROCEDURE FOR COVID-19 CASES AT THE CENTRE
●Children who develop symptoms while at the Centre will be isolated and parents will be notified immediately.
●If there is a confirmed or probable case, Alberta Health will be notified, and the Centre will be closed for 72 hours to enable contact tracing.