Covid-19 Updated Protocol’s

Covid-19 Procedure

Prior to Entry:

  • Parents/Guardians will be sent a survey via Doodle to see which families require care. The survey will also ask what their ideal list ideal drop off and pick up times are.
  • Parents will receive an updated Parent Policy manual which includes the Covid-19 protocols and policies. They are to read the manual, and sign off on the agreement that is required in order for the family to receive care.
  • Parents/Guardians will be given a 15 minute window in which to arrive (parents that miss their window will need to wait in line) Arrival cut off 9:30 am
  •  Staff will follow daily questionnaire, and check their own temperature daily
  • Enrichment Centre Families:Tape will be placed on sidewalk outside of fence 6 feet apart to ensure social distancing procedures are followed (Jumping the line, or rude remarks will not be accepted, and as a result child may be removed from the program)
  • Child Care Families: Tape will be placed on front sidewalk to the left of centre Door 6 feet apart to ensure social distancing procedures are followed (Jumping the line, or rude remarks will not be accepted, and as a result child may be removed from the program)
  • Ideally, the same parent or designated person should drop off and pick up the child every day. If possible, older people such as grandparents or those with serious underlying medical conditions should not pick up children, because they are more at risk for severe illness from Covid-19
  • Enrichment Centre Families:1 staff will allow entry to front yard. Families will be allowed entry 1 at a time. At this time parents/guardians will be given hand sanitizer.
  • Child Care Families: Families will be called to entry position 1 at a time. At this time parents/Guardians will be given hand sanitizer
  • Other families will wait on designated social distancing lines. Failure to follow protocols will result in denied entry to centre
  • Parents/guardians will be asked daily questionnaire, child’s temperature will be checked during this time.
  • Staff using questionnaire and checking temperatures will use PPE equipment to ensure their safety and families’ safety.
  • Staff will sanitize hands, and thermometer between uses
  •  Normal Temperatures:
  • Mouth: 95.9-99.5 F (35.5-37.5 c)
  • Underarm: (97.7-99.5F) 36.5-37.5C
  • Forehead: 35.4 °C and 37.4 °C.
  • Ear: 96.4-100.4F (35.8- 38C)
  • Temperatures will be checked 3 times daily: upon arrival, ½ an hour after arrival (when child settles in), and after the child wakes up from nap
  • Parents/guardians ensure child is dressed in clean laundered clothes daily
  • Parents/guardians ensure your child has all supplies needed to participate in the program as reentry to bring forgotten items is not permitted, and as a result child will be denied entry to program that day

 Supplies Include:

                                                                            – Back pack or other sealable non               plastic bag

– Lunch bag containing full nutritious Picnic lunch

(no heat ups)

 and ice pack as lunches will not be placed

In centre refridgerator

  • Change of clothing
  • Indoor shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Tooth brush
  • Reusable mask
  • Parents/guardians will be asked as part of daily questionnaire to show evidence of each item on supply list. Noncompliance with supply list will result in denied entry
  • Medication at this time will be given to staff to be placed in locked medication box ( Only medication for pre- existing conditions will be permitted ie: asthma, epi- pen, eczema, etc./ Medications such as antibiotics, Tylenol are not permitted and children requiring these items will be asked to remain home until course of medication is complete)

Inside Centre:

  • Staff will escort child/children inside centre to lockers to put their personal items away
  • Staff then bring children to wash hands washing their hands as well
  • All staff, and children will be educated in proper handwashing procedure
  • Lunch kits will remain in child’s locker until lunch time
  • Staff will bring child/children to their group area ( siblings will be placed in groups together so to minimize cross contamination)
  • Children will be given their own box of Art supplies with visual aid for younger children recognize which box is theirs
  • Children will be allowed to move from activity to activity. Staff will sanitize toys between uses
  • Toys will be washed in the sanitizer daily

Nap:

-Those children who require naps will be given their own numbered cot

– Cots will be spaced 6 feet apart

– Staff rubbing backs will wear PPE

-Sheets and blankets will be washed after each use, cots are sanitized after each use

Diaper Changing:

  • Children are  changed 1 at a time in the bathroom area
  • Change tables are sanitized between uses
  • Staff use PPE during diaper changing (changed between use)

Snacks and Meals:

-Children will be placed 6 feet apart at lunch and snack tables. Tape will be placed on table to outline where Child’s space is.

– All utensils and dishes will be disposable to avoid cross contamination during cleaning process

– Children will be given prepackaged snacks during morning and afternoon snack

– 1 staff will be in the kitchen preparing snacks, and handing them out to children using serving utensils

– Children are required to bring picnic lunch (no heat ups)

– Tables are sanitized before, and after use

Infection Prevention:

  • All Staff, children will be required to wash hands using proper hand washing procedures upon entering the centre, using single use towels for drying
  • All staff and children will be educated in proper sneezing, and coughing etiquette
  • Frequently touched surfaces are most likely to become contaminated, including doorknobs, light switches, toilet handles, and tabletops, and must be disinfected at least 4 times per day
  •  Increase the space between children during activities such as snack and lunch by moving or separating tables and chairs so they are farther apart
  •  Increased frequency of cleaning schedule for toilets, toilet seats, handwashing sinks, countertop and fixtures to a minimum of once every 4 hours
  • When holding toddlers, use blankets or cloths over childcare providers clothing and change the blankets or cloths between children

Monitoring:

-Employees are expected to observe their own health, and the health of the children in their care

– Parents/ guardians are expected to observe, and monitor the health of their children, and watch for symptoms of Covid-19

-Staff will inform Executive Director, and Site Supervisor if any children, or person’s in their home are showing signs/symptoms of Covid-19

– Accurate records will be kept in order to report all absences of staff and children

Exclusion:

  • If staff, children, or family members show signs of Covid-19 children will be excluded for 14 days or until Centre is presented with a copy of negative test results
  • Symptoms include:  
  • fever
  • dry cough
  • tiredness
  • Less common symptoms:
  • aches and pains
  • sore throat
  • diarrhea
  • conjunctivitis
  • headache
  • loss of taste or smell
  • a rash on skin, or discoloration of fingers or toes
  • Serious symptoms:
  • difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • chest pain or pressure
  • loss of speech or movement

***** It is important to determine if these symptoms are related to a new infection or pre-existing condition, such as allergies

  • The child care centre will immediately separate children, and employees who become ill while in the centre
  • Staff will contact parent/guardian to pick up or arrange pick up of the child
  • Parents/guardians will be given 30 minute time frame to pick up or arrange pick up for their child.
  • Symptomatic children are immediately separated from others in a supervised area until they can go home. In addition, where possible, anyone who is providing care to the child should maintain a distance of 6 feet.
  •  If a 6 feet distance cannot be maintained from the ill child, at minimum the child and childcare worker should wear a surgical / procedure mask (if tolerated). To limit virus transmission
  • Environmental cleaning of the space the child was separated should be conducted once the child has been picked up.
  • All children using medications for non-pre-existing conditions will be excluded from care until they are finished taking their medications

Pick-up:

  • Pick-up times will be based on Doodle answers, parents will be given a window in which to arrive . If you are going to arrive outside of pick up times, you may call centre and staff will prepare your child and bring them outside of centre to social distance lines. If you miss your pick-up time you will wait on tape following social distancing procedures
  • Pick- up will begin at 2:30pm parents will line up on taped lines following social distancing protocols
  • 1 staff will greet parents outside
  • 1 staff will wash child’s hands, gather their items, and bring outside to parents, washing hands between children

***** If you or someone in your household is ill please stay home. Thank you for your patience during this stressful time. Help us keep your children safe

Crisis Staffing Plan

  • The decision to close the centre will be made by Executive Director after meeting with the Chairperson of the Board and it is determined that the centre cannot operate in compliance with the license issued by ELCC
  • When it is determined that there is not enough staff to meet ratio in all programs the centre will:
  • Alter hours(4.5 per day)
  • Alternate days offered to families
  • Combined programs
  • Ask staff to work a flexible schedule
  • Ask parents if they can pick up their children earlier
  • Cancel all field trips, workshops , and extra activities
  • Staff will not pick up children from school (parents/guardians are responsible for this)

Closure

  • The centre will make every effort to stay open without compromising the health and well being of all adults, and children however th centre will close if:
  • The executive Director and Chair of the board decide that the program cannot operate in compliance with the license issued by ELCC
  • The centre is instructed to do so by local authorities
  • If the centre is located in a school and the school closes the centre will also be closed
  • Parents will be informed that once the centre closes it may be closed until the majority of staff are able to resume duties

Finances

  • The regular fee payment policies during the children’s absence will apply
  • The child care centre expects the Government of Manitoba to continue the regular operating grant, inclusion support payments, and subsidy payments
  • The childcare program will establish a business continuity fund and identify a reasonable amount to cover expenses that arrive
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