Reopening Information for
Creative Beginnings Childcare Centre Families
Please see the information included in regards the health and safety practices we will be implementing upon our reopening. We may need to readjust our approach as new guidelines get updated or we find better ways of doing things. We will keep you informed as changes occur.
Childcare Reopening Guidelines and Impacts to Families
Maximum Cohort Size and Ratio
The guidelines as a group of children and the educators assigned to them, who stay together throughout the duration of the program for minimum 7 days.
Maximum cohort size for each room will consist of no more than 10 individuals. This includes both staff and children (Enhanced staff to support children with special needs to do not count toward the maximum number).
Each cohort must stay together throughout the day and is not permitted to mix with other cohorts. Cohorts will have their own assigned classroom and playground space. Children will eat lunch with their assigned cohort either in their classroom or playground
Implementing cohorts could mean your child may not return to the same classroom or be with the same teachers as before the closure. We will do our very best to make sure your child is with at least one educator they are familiar with.
Cohort groups will have a maximum of 8 children in each classroom and 2 educators.
Prioritization and Access to Child Care Spaces
Thank you to those of you who completed our previous Fall Intentions survey. It helped to give us sense of how many classrooms and educators we might need when we reopen.
When determining prioritization of limited child care spaces, we will consider the following:
Returning families served through emergency child care during our closure
Returning families where parents must return to work and that work outside of the home;
Families with special circumstances that would benefit from children returning to care
There will be flexibility around enrollment for at least the summer. If you currently have a full time spot and only want to return for the summer on a part time basis, we may be able to accommodate you and you will pay the adjusted amount per day.
If you are enrolled part time, we ask that you limit external child care provision to Creative Beginnings Childcare Centre to reduce the chance of exposure (i.e. do not bring your child to Creative Beginnings Childcare Centre on Monday and Tuesday and then a home child care provider Wednesday to Friday).
If you decide you are not reading to return in the summer, your child’s space at Creative Beginnings Childcare Centre will be held for them and you are not required to pay fees until at least September. We are still waiting on clarification about how long we will hold spots with no requirement for parents to pay fees.
IMPORTANT NOTE: We will do our very best to accommodate your requests but due to cohort restrictions, we may not be able to have your child return on your requested date. Capacity limits could change in the future but we don’t know when that will be. You will not lose your space based on full operating capacity in the interim.
When we reopen, parent fees will be the same as they were prior to the closure.
As we plan for the 2020-2021 year, the Board of Directors will provide a minimum of 30 days notice of any changes in fees in accordance with our Fee Policy.
Families not granted a prioritized childcare space will not be changed fees.
Minimizing Exposure & Risk
All individuals, including children attending child care, employees and educators, parents/guardians, and visitors must be screened each day before entering the child care setting, including daily temperature checks.
Creative Beginnings Childcare Centre, according to the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014, has a duty to report suspected or confirmed cases COVID-19 under the Health Protection and Promotion Act. The centre will contact Region of Waterloo Public Health to report a child suspected to have COVID-19. Public Health will provide specific advice on what control measures should be implemented to prevent the potential spread and how to monitor for other possible infected staff members and children.
We plan to use Infrared Thermometers and disinfect them between use unless otherwise directed by Public Health
Health and Safety Requirements
Creative Beginnings Childcare Centre will ensure all current infection prevention and control practices are adhered to:
Educators will clean and sanitize their own classroom throughout the day when possible. There will be increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting objects, toys and frequently touched surfaces according to Public Health guidelines. We will have designated cleaning staff to support with this because we want the focus of our educators to be engagement with the children.
A designated employee will be responsible for cleaning frequently touched surfaces including doorknobs, light switches, toilet handles, and tabletops at least twice a day.
Children will be provided toys and equipment which are made of materials that can be cleaned and disinfected. (soft toys will be taken out of the classrooms).
If sensory materials (e.g., playdough, water, sand, etc.) are offered, they will be provided for single use and labelled with your child’s name.
We will not take children to community playgrounds.
We will be performing proper hand hygiene (including assisting children with hand hygiene).
We will be incorporating additional hand hygiene opportunities into the daily schedule
When holding children, employees will use blankets or cloths over their clothing and change the blankets or cloths between children.
Children will be able to play freely within their own cohort (as opposed to on their own in a designated space), however, educators will avoid whole group activities to help encourage more space between children.
Management of Children with New Symptoms of COVID-19
If a child begins to experience new symptoms of COVID-19 while attending Creative Beginnings Childcare Centre, they will be immediately separated from others until they can go home. In addition, the employee supervising the child will maintain a distance of at least 2 metres and will wear a mask (if tolerated), and any other PPE appropriate for the circumstance.
Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette will be practiced while the child is waiting to be picked up.
Environmental cleaning of the space the child was separated from will be conducted once the child has been picked up.
Region of Waterloo Public will provide any further direction on testing and isolation of these other children and employees who were present while a child or staff member became ill.
If someone is diagnosed with COVID-19, they will be not be permitted to return to Creative Beginnings Childcare Centre for a minimum 14 days.
Coming and Going from the Centre
Any employees that are working for the July and August will only be allowed to work at Creative Beginnings Childcare Centre.
Leadership and cleaning employees will limit their movement between rooms, doing so when absolutely necessary.
Supply/replacement employees will be assigned to specific cohorts whenever possible.
Only employees and children will be allowed into the Centre.
Deliveries will be dropped off outside and an employee will bring them in.
Tours will be conducted over the phone or zoom.
Child Drop off and Pick up
We are planning to be outside as much as possible throughout the summer. We feel extremely fortunate that we have such amazing outdoor play spaces.
We will work with our families to plan arrival times as we proceed, but please note that when there is more than one family arriving at the same time, you are required to implement social distancing of 2 meters and wear a face mack.
Parents/guardians will be required to answer screening questions for COVID-19 symptoms and exposure and your child’s temperature will be taken using an infrared thermometer.
At the end of the day, parents/guardians will pick up children at the front door and a staff member will bring your child to you.
Centre Hours of Operation
In order to meet guideline requirements, our hours of operation will be 8:00am-5:00pm during July and August.
Our incredible employees will work extremely hard to provide the best possible care and program for your child when we reopen.
Cohorts will be having fun exploring outside as much as possible. The natural environment provides children the opportunity to develop resiliency, problem solving, critical thinking and creativity. The outdoor environment also contributes to the practice of early literacy, math and science.
Meals and Snacks
We not be able to have family style dining. Our educators will serve all meals and snacks and shared platters will not be used.
Children will be spaced out to encourage social distancing during meal times or we will rotate meal times for children.
While these changes are necessary, our educators will still be facilitating engaging conversations throughout our mealtime interactions.
There should be no food provided by the family/outside of the regular meal provision of the program (except where required and special precautions for handling and serving the food must be put in place).
Children will neither prepare nor provide food that will be shared with others.
Proper hand hygiene will be practiced when staff are preparing food and for all individuals before and after eating.
Cots will be spaced out as much as possible (ideally 2 meters apart) and we will place children head-to-toe or toe-to-toe.
Cots will be disinfected each week and bed sheets and blankets will be washed on a weekly basis or as needed.
Please contact us should you have any questions.
Christa O’Connor, RECE