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COVID-19 SAFETY PLAN

ACCESS TO OUR CHILDCARE CENTRES

  • Educators, children and parents must not enter the workplace if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days or have been identified by public health as a close contact of a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Parents and guardians’ access to our centres is limited to drop-off’s and pick-up’s by the front door. Key fobs are temporarily disabled. Teachers will receive your children and get them ready at the end of the day for pick-up. Please maintain physical distancing at drop-off and pick-up area.
  • A daily “yes/no” verbal confirmation that children do not have symptoms of common cold, influenza, COVID-19, or other respiratory disease is implemented. Educators will record confirmations on the sign-in sheet.
  • We will not accept a child at drop off if the answer is yes. A sign is posted on the door.

Screening Parents and New Children during Gradual Entry

Upon entry, new families are asked the following screening questions:

1) Have you or your child been out of the country for the past 14 days?

2) Do you or your child have any symptoms including fever, dry cough, tiredness and difficulty breathing?

You may enter if you say no to both questions. Please wash your hands and maintain physical distance.

There is a limit of 1 parent per child during this process. Gradual entry may be shorter than one week if the child appears to be adjusting well.

Tours for potential families are temporarily conducted virtually. Access to visitors is prohibited.

ADDITIONAL SICK POLICY

All parents, children and educators who have symptoms of COVID-19 OR were identified by Public Health as a close contact of a confirmed case must stay home and self-isolate for 10 days.

Please self-isolate until the following criteria are met:

  1. At least 10 days have passed since the start of symptoms, AND
  2. Your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medications (e.g. Tylenol, Advil), AND
  3. You are feeling better (e.g. improvement in a runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue).
  • People who have travelled outside Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. Parents and caregivers must assess their child daily for symptoms of common cold, influenza, COVID-19, or other infectious respiratory diseases before sending them for child care.
  • Children who are ill, should not be permitted to attend child care. Staff must assess themselves daily for symptoms of common cold, influenza, or COVID-19 prior to working and stay home if they are ill. If a parent, or educator is unsure if they or a child should self-isolate, they should be directed to use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool, contact 8-1-1 or the local public health unit. They can also be advised to contact a family physician or nurse practitioner to be assessed for COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases.
  • Protocol to follow when a child or staff develops symptoms of COVID-19 at home or at the child care setting formulated by WorkSafe BC is implemented.

HAND HYGIENE AND RESPIRATORY ETIQUETTE

Educators are required to wash their hands regularly throughout the day, including:

  • When they arrive at the workplace and before they go home
  • Before and after handling food (raw, cooked or pre-packaged), preparing bottles or feeding children

  • Before and after giving or applying medication or ointment to a child or self

  • After changing diapers
  • After assisting a child to use the toilet
  • After using the toilet
  • After contact with body fluids (e.g., runny noses, spit, vomit, blood)
  • Before donning and after doffing personal protective equipment
  • After cleaning tasks
  • After handling garbage
  • Whenever hands are visibly dirty

Educators are to support children to wash their hands regularly throughout the day, including:

  • When they arrive at the workplace and before they go home
  • Before and after eating and drinking
  • After a diaper change
  • After using the toilet
  • After playing outside
  • After handling pets and animals
  • After sneezing or coughing
  • Whenever hands are visibly dirty

Provide education and direction to workers and children to:

  • Cough or sneeze into their elbow sleeve or a tissue.
  • Throw away used tissues and immediately perform hand hygiene.
  • Not touch their eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

PHYSICAL DISTANCING

  • Children are to be spaced apart during Circle times and various activities throughout the day.
  • Organizing snack/meal areas to space children apart.
  • Organizing nap areas to space children apart and placing children head-to-toe or toe-to-toe.
  • Children engage in outdoor play more frequently.

MEALS & SNACKS

  • “No Sharing of Food” Policy is reinforced.
  • Snacks and meals are provided directly to children in individual servings.
  • Children are not allowed to participate in food preparation. Cooking classes are temporarily put on hold.
  • Parents are encouraged to place their children’s containers in labelled Ziploc bags in place of lunch bags.

CLEANING & DISINFECTION

  • Common areas like cubby area, washroom, hallway, etc. are cleaned and disinfected at least once a day.
  • Frequently-touched surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, cupboard handles, light switches, faucet handles, tables, chairs, toys) are cleaned and disinfected at least twice a day.

  • Weekly washing of beddings is increased to twice a week.
  • Water and sensory tables are temporarily closed. The quantity of toys is limited for better monitoring and disinfection. Soft toys and hard-to-sanitize toys are stowed away.
  • Toys, objects, and surfaces known to have been in contact with bodily fluids are to be cleaned as soon as possible and between uses by different children.

  • Diapering stations are cleaned and disinfected after each use.
  • If an educator or a child leaves the workplace due to symptoms of COVID-19, areas those individuals were in are to be cleaned, including surfaces they may have touched, immediately upon their departure.

  • An adequate supply of cleaning and disinfection products and materials are maintained.

USE OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

  • Educators are to wear disposable gloves when cleaning body fluids (e.g., runny nose, vomit, stool, urine) and when diapering.

  • Masks are provided for educators if desired.

OTHERS

  • Parents are asked to label personal items with the child’s name to discourage accidental sharing.
  • Parents are encouraged to only bring personal comfort items (e.g., stuffies) if they are clean and can be laundered at the end of each day.
 

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