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Sickness Policies

Daycare Sickness Policies

Childcare in BC is an essential service, and Buddings has been operating safely throughout the COVID-19 pandemic... and since 2011. We follow the specific requirements for childcare centres from the Centre for Disease Control in BC, and have protocols for families to keep themselves safe while attending our centre. 

Welcome to our social (distance) daycare!

If we've learned anything from the pandemic experience, it's that time is more than money. When there was nowhere to rush off to, we can appreciate each other, and enjoy the moments we have together. It is our pleasure to work with you... from 2m back. 🙂

Direct, face-to-face contact with an infected person for more than 15 minutes, is considered significant exposure, so our first line of protection is to keep back from people we don't know. Getting into the habit of keeping extra space keeps droplets out of range.

While childcare centres are considered "low risk" for COVID, because transmission rates between young children are low, daycare is the perfect place to practice the healthy habits children can use to stay safe out there in the world. 

We use visual cues in our environment, like line-up footprints, and sitting circles, to show them where to be, demonstrate covering our coughs, and wash hands very regularly.

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

The CDC does not require that childcare staff wear masks to work with children - but wearing a mask is about keeping others safe! As adults, duty calls, and sometimes we can't stay home. But we can always make responsible choices to contain the spread of germs, viruses, and colds. We don't cough into our hands, and we can wear a mask to keep our breath to ourselves.

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

Not recommended for children under 2.

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 until 24 hours after symptoms abate

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 (don't forget to email us to let us know cancellation was due to illness). The hours will be returned to your account and transferred at the the end of the month without penalty.