Childcare in BC is an essential service, and when we consider the support it provides to the really essential workers, including doctors and nurses, transportation and emergency workers, we’re honoured to serve. After three weeks in isolation, and a much better handle on what is happening, we are answering the call for care, reopening on Apr. 7, 2020.
Please keep in mind, at this time (Apr. 3), the BC Premier has extended the state of emergency, and is recommending that non-essential workers, and anyone who can, should stay home until Apr. 15, 2020.
Let’s stay safe, out there!
In countries and communities where social distancing and isolating strategies have been practiced, the virus is being contained. Canada was lucky to witness those successes, so we can adopt their techniques: Giving space and keeping clean, and STAYING HOME WHEN SICK.
While we wait for the curve to flatten and fall, we will open spaces for a maximum of 10 kids per hour, increase our cleaning frequency, and are implementing some new measures for the new times.
In order to limit the number of people in close proximity, we will ask families to stagger themselves, based on their children’s last name. We will offer three 10-minute windows, as follows:
Last names beginning A – I, please plan to arrive between quarter to and 5 to the hour (ex: 8:45 – 8:55, or 2:45 – 2:55)
J – R, your window is 5 to the hour until 5 past (ex: 9:55 – 10:05, etc.)
S – Z, arrivals should be from 5 past to quarter after.
If you miss your window, please wait until quarter past (or later), or give us a call. Our phone number is posted outside the front door, and if there’s no one else here, you’ll be welcome to enter.
Your pickup window will match (ex: for a 10 – 12 booking little Miss Jackson has 9:55 – 10:05 for drop-off, and 11:55 – 12:05 for pick-up, or 10:15 (or later) – 12:20) so please be sure to fill in the sign-in/out sheet. Children who are still in the centre after their pick-up window will be booked into the next hour.
A hand sanitizer station will be set up outside the centre door and handles and code punch buttons will be wiped down hourly at half past. Please use the sanitizer before touching them.
“Goodbye” at the Gate
To keep drop-offs quick and orderly, and limit outside contaminants in the playspace, only children (with clean shoes) will come through the gate. A teacher will meet families there, accept water bottles and kits, and take children immediately to wash their hands.
A “goodbye” at the window can still be arranged, once hands are clean.
Please note: if children have been walking outside prior to arrival, please bring a pair of clean shoes to change into upon arrival. Until further notice, we will not be able to go on neighbourhood walks, as the requirement to hold hands is not consistent with social distancing.
When you come back, please come to the gate so we can bring your buddy and their belongings to you there.
Health Check, 1, 2
Finally, while children and adults may be infected and asymptomatic, one sign of the virus is a fever. Please take your child’s temperature before coming to daycare and make a note (or take a picture, with the date) so you can sign a health declaration form upon arrival.
While we know that young children are prone to runny noses, at this time, we ask that everyone be extra mindful of coughs, and keep kids at home if they are not in excellent health. On the other hand, if you have been staying in for the last two weeks, washing your hands, and feeling fine, we are honoured to have you return.
Watch for Updates
At this time, our protocols are guided by recommendations to childcare centres from Vancouver Coastal Health and Health Canada. We are also interested in hearing your thoughts!
If you can spare 5 minutes to complete this survey, we will be updating policies, and extending our service over the coming weeks/months, to meet the needs of our community. Your email will not be recorded unless you provide it voluntarily.