COVID-19 Procedures

 

Last Updated: September 3, 2020

Covid 19 Procedures for Parents and Educators

At Child Development Dayhomes we take the health and safety of our children, parents and educators very seriously. Although we adhere to strict cleaning and sanitation procedures on a regular basis, we must increase our diligence at this time to provide a safe and clean space for your children to enjoy their day.

v  Parents must take their child/ren’s temperature daily before coming to the program. Dayhome educators and their family members will do the same before opening the dayhome each day (including educator’s own children). For reference, normal temperatures are:

Mouth: 35.5-37.5°C (95.9-99.5°F)
Underarm: 36.5-37.5°C (97.7-99.5°)
Ear (not recommended in infants): 35.8-38.0°C (96.4-100.4°F)

 

v  Dayhome educators must complete a Risk Assessment form for themselves and all household members each day that care is given. If the dayhome educator or anyone residing in the family dayhome have symptoms of Covid, the dayhome cannot open (see bullet point about what to do for symptoms of illness)

 

v  Parent/Guardians must complete a Risk Assessment form for their children (and assess household members) each day before bringing the child to the dayhome. This form must be submitted to the Dayhome Educator each morning. If anyone in the child’s household have symptoms of Covid, do not bring the child to the dayhome (see bullet point about what to do for symptoms of illness)

 

v  It is encouraged for parents and caregivers to drop children off at the door without entering the dayhome. You must maintain social distancing (at least 2 meters). If this is not possible, parents and/or caregivers coming to the dayhome must wear a mask.

 

v  Family dayhome consultants visiting dayhomes must wear a mask and must wash their hands (or use hand sanitizer) when entering and exiting the dayhome.

 

v  Upon first symptoms of illness, it is necessary to isolate for 10 days or until symptom free, whichever is longer (if person who is ill gets tested and it is negative, see below). This means that if children or members of their household have been sick, they can not come back to child care until they are symptom free AND it has been 10 days since they first showed symptoms. Also if an educator or family members residing in the home have been sick they can not reopen their dayhome until they are symptom free AND it has been 10 days since they first showed symptoms.

 

v  Have symptoms but tested negative for Covid-19:

·         If you tested negative and have known exposure to COVID-19, you are legally required to isolate for 14 days.

·         If you tested negative and have no known exposure to the virus, you are not legally required to isolate. However, it is important to stay home until your symptoms resolve so that you do not infect others.

v  Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is not necessary to return to childcare

·         A child that has a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat that is not related to a pre-existing health condition or who tests positive for COVID-19 is legally required to isolate for 10 days from the start of their symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer.

·         If a child has a fever, cough, runny nose, shortness of breath or sore throat and is not tested for COVID-19, the child must be isolated for 10 days from symptom onset, or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer. NOTE: It is always recommended that the parent seek testing for a child with symptoms of COVID-19.

v  If a child develops symptoms while at the dayhome, parents will be contacted for immediate pickup.  Symptoms to look for include but are not limited to: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion, headache, and a general feeling of being unwell. The ill child will need to be kept at least 2 meters away from other children. If the child is young and requires close contact and care, caregivers can continue to care for the child until the parent is able to pick the child. Caregivers need to be mindful of handwashing and avoid contact with the respiratory secretions of the child. All items, bedding, toys, etc used by the child while isolated need to be sanitized as soon as the child has been picked up

 

v  Dayhome educators must adhere to the following handwashing guidelines. Specifically, dayhomes (educators and children) must engage in frequent handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at the following times:

·         Arriving at the dayhome and before going home

·         After going to the washroom

·         After a diaper change

·         Before preparing food

·         Before and after eating

·         After getting hands dirty

·         After wiping nose or handling dirty tissues

·         After blowing nose

·         After cleaning tasks (educators)

·         Educators need to help young children to ensure handwashing is done correctly. Alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR) is not recommended for routine use in child care

 

v  At meal times, children cannot serve themselves (including pouring water from shared pitcher, condiment bottles, etc.). Avoid family-style meals. There can be no common food items (e.g. shared snack bowl, condiment bottles, etc.). Utensils will be used to serve food items (not fingers). Continue to cease activities involving child participation in food preparation. Where possible, children should practice social distancing while eating.

 

v  Dayhomes will engage in frequent thorough cleaning each day. Here are the 2 approved cleaning solutions during outbreaks:

 

1. Diluted household bleach solution. Prepare fresh disinfectant solution every day. Add 1/3 of a cup of 5% household bleach to 4 litres of water. This creates a 1:50 bleach dilution that provides the recommended 1000 ppm (or mg/L) chlorine disinfectant.

2. 0.5% Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide, used according to the label instructions.

 

v  Activities and Materials at the Dayhome:

o   Discontinue shared use of items that cannot be cleaned and disinfected (natural materials such as acorns, sticks, cardboard, etc)

o   CLOSE ALL SHARED SENSORY TABLES including water tables, pools, sand tables and shared playdough. If possible, remove sensory tables from playspace. Individual sensory bins or activities that are not shared between children may be used (individually labelled playdough, small water bowl for each child, etc)

 

To help plan activities, educators should ask themselves the following questions to determine the risk of the activities and whether they are allowed to proceed:

o   Does this activity involved shared surfaces or objects frequently touched by hands?

o   Can an activity be modified to increase opportunities for physical distancing?

 

v  Playgrounds: Programs are encouraged to use alternatives to licensed outdoor play spaces, such as walks and supervised play in parks and safe open spaces. Follow physical distancing practices when possible.

·         If using a public or school playground, ensure that children engage in hand hygiene before and after play. Hand sanitizer may be used if soap and water are not available.

 

v  Only bring essential items from home to the dayhome (diapers, wipes, bottles – all of which are sanitized before being brought to the dayhome). Please refrain from bringing toys from home. One security item is allowed however must be sanitized before being brought to the dayhome

 

v  There will be no non-essential visitors and no volunteers at the program during dayhome hours

 

v  Social distancing practices will be in effect, for example avoiding close greetings like hugs or handshakes

 

 

Thank you for adhering to the procedures in order to keep everyone healthy during this pandemic. The procedures are subject to change as we receive new information. Should you have any questions, please contact your consultant.