COVID SAFETY

Piggy Ooo’s Daycare Centre

5700 – Langley Bypass, Langley, B.C., Canada. V3A 8L7

PIGGY OOO’S DAYCARE PANDEMIC POLICY AND PROCEDURES 2020

During a pandemic situation such as COVID-19 there are some critical things we must follow to maintain and insure the health and safety of all our staff, children and families at the daycare. We must identify key infection prevention and control practices to implement in child care settings and actions to take if a child or staff member develops symptoms of COVID-19

We will adapt as much as possible to implement public health and infection prevention and control measures, these include:

  • Stay home when ill                                  – Physical distancing
    • Minimize physical contact                       – Hand hygiene
    • Frequent cleaning and disinfection

ILLNESS AND ATTENDANCE

Children may not attend Piggy Ooo’s Daycare Centre if they exhibit any symptoms of illness. As such, parents are encouraged to think through how they will work from home/care for children who are required to stay home until they are symptom free. Please remember that the Covid19 public health emergency is rapidly changing, and our ability to remain open may change without notice; or we may be ordered closed by BC’s provincial health officer or our licensing officer.

As of today Spring 2020, Dr. Bonnie Henry is advising parents who can, to care for their children at home. For essential service workers, Dr. Henry maintains that child care centres can safely care for children if they are following the prescribed health protocols.“We do not recommend that children with any underlying health concerns attend child care programs during the Covid19 pandemic.”

STAY AT HOME POLICY – STRICTLY ENFORCED FOR ALL CHILDREN AND STAFF WHO HAVE SYMPTOMS OF:

  • Common cold                   – Influenza
  • COVID-19                         – Other infectious respiratory diseases

IMPLEMENT SAFETY MEASURES ACCORDING TO PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDANCE

Please stay home if:

  • A parents, caregivers, staff and children who has symptoms of COVID-19 OR travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days OR were identified by Public Health as a close contact of a confirmed case must stay home and self-isolate.
  • If you are sick and have any symptoms related to the cold, influenza, COVID-19, or other respiratory sickness, please self isolate.
SymptomMay return when
   Temperature of 100 F / 37.8 C or higher (orally)      or 99 F / 37.2 C or higher (under the arm)May return to child care after 10 days or when symptom free, whichever is longer
Runny noseMay return to child care after 10 days or when symptom free, whichever is longer
CoughMay return to child care after 10 days or when symptom free, whichever is longer
Sore throatMay return to child care after 10 days or when symptom free, whichever is longer
Difficulty breathing or wheezing May return to child care after 10 days or when symptom free, whichever is longer
Unexplained fatigue, aches or cold/flu-like symptomsMay return to child care after 10 days or when symptom free, whichever is longer
Sinus congestionMay return to child care after 10 days or when symptom free, whichever is longer
Children who have, or children with others living in the same home who have just returned from international travelMay return after self-isolating for 14 days and being symptom free
Children who have, or children with others living in the same home who have been identified as at-risk of potential Covid19 exposureMay return after self-isolating for 14 days and being symptom free

Parents and caregivers must assess their child daily for any symptoms of illness before sending them to daycare

Parents must confirm that their child is symptom free and that their child has not been given acetaminophen or ibuprofen in the last 12 hours upon arriving to daycare.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

                                         (Reference: Health Authority memo;  COVID19 in childcare

 ***Children and staff can return to the centre ONLY once they are assessed by their family physician or a nurse practitioner and it is determined that they do NOT have COVID-19, and their symptoms have resolved.

Additionally, our regular health and wellness policy stands:

Children may not attend Piggy Ooo’s Daycare Centre while they have any of the following symptoms:

  • Unusual, unexplained loss of appetite, fatigue, irritability, or headache
  • Eye infections
  • Unexplained rashes or any rash that is not confirmed by doctor to be non-contagious
  • Known or suspected communicable diseases (measles, chicken pox, pink eye, hand foot and mouth,  etc)
  • Ear infection
  • Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea in the last 48 hours   

This may be a challenging time and situation for all of us and our families;

we sincerely appreciate your compliance and understanding!

PICK UP AND DROP OFF

  • Upon entering the daycare everyone must use the hand sanitizer provided at the entrance before coming up the stairs and reapply when parent leaves for the day.
  • Piggy Ooo’s must limit the number of parents entering the centre all at one time– if you see a family already at the door. Please wait. If it gets too busy we ask families to wait from a distance and we will text you when it is safe to enter the daycare, or when they notice a family leaving.
  • Parents can notify the staff by text messaging us to when they will be arriving or have arrived to the daycare.
  • Drop offs will occur outside when possible, parents will notify the centre when they are arriving or if they have a specific pick up time.
  • Daily checks with parent/caregiver to assess children and if they have any symptoms of cold, influenza, COVID-19 or other respiratory illness. Must stay home.
  • Staff will sign children in and out daily for the time being.

PHYSICAL DISTANCING AND MINIMIZING PHYSICAL CONTACT

  • Staff will minimize frequency of direct physical contact with children.
  • Staff will encourage children to minimize physical contact with each other.
  • Staff will maintain physical distancing from one another.
  • Children living in the same household do not need to minimize contact with each other.

WE WILL ENCOURAGE PHYSICAL DISTANCING USING THESE STRATEGIES:

  • Avoid close greetings (hugs & handshakes) – we will practice air hugs and feet high fives.
  • We will always remind children “Hands to yourself”
  • Organize children into smaller groups and/or spread the children out throughout the day
  • Increase the distance of children during naptime
  • Separate any children that are displaying any illness symptoms until parent picks them up, ensure areas are cleaned/disinfected after child has left
  • Stagger meal/snack times to allow spacing between children

OUTDOOR PLAY

  • We will increase outdoor time for play (weather permitting) and always encourage proper hand washing/sanitizing before and after outdoor play.

LUNCH BAG

Lunch bag must be able to be easily wiped down. We ask that all lunch and snacks are in their bags, so that children are not unpacking multiple items. Please send their own utensil that will be send home for wash. At the end of each meal/snack, we will dispose of all uneaten food and/or packaging.  

BACKPACKS – CHILDREN MUST BE ABLE TO CARRY THEIR OWN BACKPACK.

In backpack please include:

  • Lunch bag
  • Water bottle
  • Only ONE change of clothing in a ziplock bag.
  • Please ONLY send muddy buddies/boots if raining or forecast is for rain.
  • Indoor slipper must be washable and easy to wipe down. IE. Water shoes, crocs type shoes. NO flip Flops
  • Sunscreen – This must be a spray on bottle to reduce possible spread of illness

COMFORT KIT

We ask that every family create their children a 72hr comfort kit in a medium-large Ziploc bag with the child’s first and last name written in black permanent marker. The most important thing that you can do is to be prepared for any type of emergencies. A comfort kit consists of the following items: · A note that will comforts your child  · Small toy · Family picture · Small pack of Kleenex · Snacks if allergies (non-perishable food: granola bars, fruit snacks…) · 1 pair of gloves · 2 Band-Aids · Diapers (if your child requires them)

HAND HYGIENE

Hand washing with plain soap and water is the most effective way to reduce the spread of illness. Germs can easily be picked up from anything you touch and can spread those germs to objects, surfaces, food and people. Everyone is encouraged to practice diligent hand hygiene and parents/caregivers and staff will teach and reinforce these practices to the children.

Increased Hand Hygiene at the Centre

  • Wash hands with plain soap and water for at least 20 seconds (sing the ABCs or Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to the children).
  • Hand Hygiene station will be set up at the entrance so children and parents can clean their hands when they enter and when they leave.
  • Additional hand hygiene will be incorporated into the daily schedule
  • Staff will encourage proper hand washing for children and implement in a fun and relaxed way
  • Staff will assist young children when needed

Encourage proper hygiene/respiratory manners for Staff and Children:

  • Lots of reminders to cough or sneeze into their elbow and sleeve.
  • Throw away tissues and immediately go wash hands
  • Do not touch face – eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands
  • Children and staff should not share food, drinks, soothers, clothes, blankets or other personal items
  • Parents/caregivers please label all their children’s personal items to eliminate accidental sharing
  • Only allow children to bring personal comfort item if needed and if they are clean and can be cleaned

SAFETY MEASURES FOR CHILDREN AND STAFF – CLEANING AND DISINFECTION

Following the current health authority guidelines for sanitization and care:

  • General cleaning of the centre to occur at least once a day
  • Frequently-touched surfaces  will be cleaned and disinfected at least twice a day (knobs, railings, light switches, faucet handles, table counters, chairs, electronic devices and toys)
  • Removal of all toys and other items that cannot be easily cleaned (plush & stuffed toys)
  • Empty garbage containers at the end of everyday
  • Wear disposable gloves for diaper changes. Wash hands before and after wearing and removing gloves.
  • Clean and disinfect diapering stations after each use.
  • Daily cleaning/disinfecting of cots and cribs after use as well as washing cot linens daily.
  • Parents are to provide freshly cleaned children’s blankets & bring in a sealed plastic or washable bag before bringing to the centre.
  • There is no evidence supporting transmission of COVID-19 via books, paper or other paper-based products, therefore there is no need to limit the distribution of books or paper based educational resources.

Staff Personal Measures

Staff must assess themselves daily for any symptoms of illness prior to working and stay home if they are ill

The Centre will:

  • Communicate with parents to assess their children daily for symptoms before sending them to daycare.
    • Have appropriate procedures in place for children and staff who become sick while at the facility
    • Check daily for respiratory illness at drop-off by asking parents and caregivers to confirm that the child does not have symptoms of common cold, influenza, covid-19, or other respiratory diseases.

If a parent/caregiver or staff member is unsure if they or a child should self isolate, we encourage you to go to the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool, contact 811 or the local public health unit, or contact your family physician.

Please note B.C. taking further action to support essential service providers during pandemic. a child care provider will not be liable for a child in their care or a family member being exposed to COVID-19, so long as they are following established protocols on how to prevent the spread of the virus, like proper hand

washing, regular cleaning and disinfecting and identifying children who are sick. (Reference site below)

We are not responsible for wear/tear/colour degradation due to disinfectant use.

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