New Child Care Procedures and Protocols

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Please see below the new child care health and safety protocols implemented in all our our sites as our child care centers reopen. 

Handwashing and sanitizing. Everyone who enters the building will need to wash hands, and we’ll continue to integrate handwashing into the curriculum. Increased sanitizing and disinfecting will take place throughout the program with more frequent intervals. We have chosen a chemical free sanitizer and disinfectant that is as effective as bleach without the harmful chemicals. Please feel free to check out Force of Nature at www.forceofnatureclean.com

Teacher/ child ratio. Upon our reopening programs will be limiting the enrollment of infants and toddlers in order to maintain social distancing guidelines in a safe and nurturing manner. These restrictions will change as we deem appropriate.

Sick space. Centers have a dedicated space outside the classroom where teachers can care for sick children, separated from others, until a family member can pick up the child. 

Same person drop-off and pick-up. Families will be asked to assign one family member for drop off and pick up to minimize exposure to multiple people. If this is not possible, we ask parents to call the center upon arrival and the staff will bring children in to the center and later out to the car. 

Protective equipment. All teachers will be required to wear masks. Infant and toddler teachers will also wear smocks during close contact in the classroom. Other protective wear may include booties, safety goggles, gloves, and face shields.

Health screening and temperature checks. All staff and children will to take a daily screening and temperature check prior to entering our programs. When families sign in for the day in the outer lobby, they will need to confirm their child is well before our staff brings them to the classroom. Thermometers are available for on-site temperature checks, and staff will monitor children’s health throughout the day.

Restricted classroom access. To minimize potential exposure, we ask that families not walk their child to their classroom when you arrive. Instead, you and your child will be greeted at our screening room and staff will walk your child to their classroom. Classrooms will be reserved for teachers and children only. 

Social distancing. We will continue to practice social distancing as much as possible to reduce risk. To minimize potential exposure, children will continue to keep distance from children and staff in other classrooms. Changes to curriculum and room arraignments will help children to socially distance when it is age appropriate to do so.

Classroom cleanliness. Toys, playground equipment, and other high-touch surfaces will be regularly disinfected and rotated throughout the day. We will temporarily suspend the use of sensory tables, play dough, large pillows or stuffed animals, and other materials that are difficult to clean. 

Modifications to family-style dining. We’ve modified our shared mealtime practices to reduce the spread of germs. Students will still eat together while socially distancing but will not be serving themselves. 

Naptime adjustments. Children will continue to sleep (without masks) six feet apart whenever possible and be positioned alternating head to toe. Bedding will be sanitized daily.

Playground restrictions. Outdoor play structures will be utilized by one class at a time, with increased time between play to allow for cleaning. 

Field trips and events. There will be no center-wide events or trips until further notice.