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Sickness Policies

Daycare Sickness Policies

Childcare in BC is an essential service, and Buddings has been operating safely throughout the 2020/21 pandemic... and since 2011. We have prepared guidelines for families to keep themselves safe while attending our centre. First, and foremost:

Let's stay kind, calm and safe!

If we've learned anything from the pandemic experience, it's that time is more than money. When there's nowhere to rush off to, we can appreciate each other, and enjoy the moments we have together. We are so grateful for your patience, and attention. It is our pleasure to work with you.

Taking Turns

In order to give space to each family, we ask that they wait until the cubby area is empty before entering. Drop-off/pick-up times are from 10 minutes before, until 10 minutes past each hour. We appreciate your time. When we know you're out there, we can prepare the children for a smooth departure.

A hand sanitizer station will be set up outside the centre door and handles and code punch buttons are wiped down at least twice daily. 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 (in clean shoes) come through the gate. A teacher will meet families there, accept water bottles and kits, and take children immediately to wash their hands. 

Please bring a pair of clean shoes to change into upon arrival.

We are NOT nut-free. Find our Snack Policies here.

Mask-up if you are sick

As adults, duty calls, and sometimes we can't stay home, but we can always make responsible choices to contain the spread of minor colds. Masks prevent germs and viruses from spreading, and keep others from getting sick.

Guardians and adults may choose to wear a mask at any time. Thank you for your consideration.

Not recommended for children under 2.

Not mandatory for children or staff in daycare at this time, according to the CDC, and not mandatory for families at Buddings, as the cubby area is used individually, not commonly.

For kids, two symptoms is too many

We know young children are prone to runny noses, especially while they develop immunities. One symptom of;

  • pain
  • runny nose
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • sneezing
  • fever of 38 or higher
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • headache

... ahem...

One symptom, in isolation, is likely an anomaly. Maybe children are teething, or adjusting to a new environment. 

Two or more of the above, please stay home. 

Cancellations due to illness can be made with as little as one hour's notice, by calling the centre after 8:45am, or with 12 hour's notice online. The hours will be returned to your account and transferred at the the end of the month without penalty.