We will ensure that our centre operates in compliance with applicable licensing as well as health and safety legislation. In addition to our routine practices, and the following enhanced procedures, our centres will adhere to any other requirements from the Toronto Public Health (TPH) and the Ministry of Education (MoE).
Are the children required to wear masks?
No, cloth face coverings should not be placed on children under age 2 and we support this recommendation in our centre. Children older than 2 years of age are welcomed to wear a mask but it is not mandatory.
Are all staff required to wear masks?
We require that all educators wear a mask indoors and outdoors. All staff who are not regularly interacting with the children must wear a mask indoors and outdoors when they cannot consistently maintain a distance of 2 metres from other staff/kids. As within the general public, some individuals and parents cannot tolerate a mask, due to health reasons, so they are not required to wear one.
Do you group the children within the centre?
Each classroom has established a pod, which is defined as a group of children and the staff members assigned to them, who stay together throughout the day.
Do you limit the number of children in a class?
As of September 1, 2020, the maximum pod size for each room will consist of the regular licensed number as per the CCEYA (Childcare & Early Years Act) (ie., licensed age groups prior to C-19). We will maintain ratios as set out under the CCEYA. However none of our classrooms exceed 18 children which is well below industry average.
Do the pods interact with other pods?
Each pod endeavors to stay together throughout the day and not mix with other pods. Pods will have designated playspaces, stairwells in the centre to minimize the use of public spaces. We also designate areas in the outdoor playground for each pod.
Do you limit the amount of time children spend outdoors?
Weather permitting, we encourage extensive outdoor time and even so, a little rain or cooler temperatures are conditions we find completely acceptable for outdoor play. The more time spent outdoors, the better. We also have easy access to our outdoor, open-air atelier. The older classrooms will also take community treks to High Park and other points of interest in the community, on a regular basis.
Do you require children and their families to complete daily wellness checks?
We require the successful completion of a two-stage wellness check to be completed each day before we can admit your child to our centre.
Do you require your staff or visitors to complete daily wellness checks?
We require the successful completion of a two-stage wellness check to be completed each day before we allow any staff or essential visitors into our centre
What is required through the two-step-wellness check process?
We have partnered with an on-line app – JAVELIN – for our daily screening process for children, their families and our staff. The FIRST STAGE is a self wellness check (pre-screening), completed on the Javelin app, prior to coming to the centre on the day your child is attending.
Both the child and the parent dropping off the child must complete this stage. This app will give a pass (green), which means you can proceed to coming to the centre or a fail (red), which means you cannot come to the centre and to contact TPH immediately. The screening information will be documented automatically. Families will need to attest to the accuracy of these answers. These records will be maintained electronically for contact tracing purposes.
The SECOND STAGE is an active on-site wellness check conducted by one of our staff. The screener will take the temperature of the child and parent, wearing required PPE and with appropriate hand hygiene (hand washing or hand sanitizing) before and after taking the temperature of each person. They will also conduct a visual check of the child to ensure they are well enough to attend. Once the parent/caregiver and child(ren) have all passed the Wellness Check requirements, the child(ren) will be escorted into the childcare program by staff.
What will happen if my child displays a symptom from the Covid-19 list of symptoms?
All children that display at least one symptom associated with C-19 (ie.; cough, fever, shortness of breath) will be monitored closely by an educator, but isolated from other children at the centre. The parents or emergency contact will be notified immediately and asked to pick up their child. The parents are encouraged to contact Toronto Public Health. Alternatively, parents may self-isolate their child for 14 days away from the centre. For those who test, a negative C-19 test result is the requirement for returning to the centre. All children must be symptom-free in order to be admitted in the centre at all times.
Do you allow visitors into your centre?
Non-essential visitors will not be permitted in the centre, except under necessary conditions. The provision of special needs services may continue as may our student placements. Any required visitors including Ministry staff and other public officials (ie. fire marshal, public health inspectors) are permitted to enter the premises at any reasonable time and will have appropriate PPE (ie., masks and gloves).
Do you track visitors into your centre?
A daily record (Visitor’s Log) will be maintained for anyone entering the centre and the approximate length of their stay (such as cleaners, people doing maintenance work, people providing support for children with special needs, those delivering food).
Do you collect information for contact tracing?
Records (ie., name, contact information, time of arrival/departure, screening completion/result, etc.) will be kept up-to-date and available to facilitate contact tracing in the event of a confirmed C-19 case or outbreak. As of this date, we have had no instances of C19 confirmed in our centre thankfully.