COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS

The management team at Cutie Pie Daycare are firmly committed to protecting the health and safety of our staff, children, and families. We are fully complying with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education guidance.

We have developed safe work protocols and procedures that are geared toward keeping your children and our staff healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. These procedures include a passive and active screening of children and families at drop off, monitoring children throughout the day for possible symptoms, exercising social distancing practices, additional disinfection and sanitization procedures, management of children, and staff members with potential COVID-19 symptoms and much more.

 

enhanced cleaning protocols

  • Table surfaces are cleaned after each use using the 3-step method: soap+water, water, anti-bacterial/anti-viral solution.
  • All commonly touched surfaces (such as doorknobs, the light switched, counters, etc). are disinfected at least 2 times per day.
  • Washrooms are cleaned and disinfected at least 2 times per day.
  • All toys are washed and disinfected.
  • All floors are washed and disinfected daily.
  • Outside toys and equipment are disinfected daily.

Face Mask ReQUIREMENT for parents

Public health experts recommend the use of masks or face coverings in public settings. To protect our children and staff, we require all parents to wear a mask or face covering that covers the mouth and nose, at all times while on daycare premises. Parents without masks or face coverings will be denied entry into the daycare.

Social Distancing

To minimize the spread of COVID-19, we ask parents to practice social distancing by giving at least 2 meters of space between each person. During the drop-off and pick-up, we will allow only one parent & one child to enter the facility while asking other parents and children to wait for their turn in the car.

Everyday actions

Take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus and protect your health:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
STAY HOME & SELF-ISOLATE if  YOUR CHILD or any family member exhibits any of the symptoms:

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • fever (a temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius or higher)
  • chills
  • cough that’s new or worsening
  • barking cough, making a whistling noise when breathing (croup)
  • shortness of breath (out of breath, unable to breathe deeply)
  • sore throat
  • difficulty swallowing
  • runny, stuffy or congested nose (not related to seasonal allergies or other known causes or conditions)
  • lost sense of taste or smell
  • pink eye (conjunctivitis)
  • headache that’s unusual or long-lasting
  • digestive issues (nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain)
  • muscle aches
  • extreme tiredness that is unusual (fatigue, lack of energy)
  • falling down often

Symptoms for children could include:

  • Sore throat, hoarse voice
  • Diarrhea
  • Runny nose
  • For young children and infants: sluggishness or lack of appetite
Atypical Symptoms/ signs of COVID-19 should be considered, particularly in children, older persons, and people living with a developmental disability. Atypical symptoms can include:
  • Unexplained fatigue/ malaise
  • Delirium (acutely altered mental status and inattention)
  • Unexplained or increased number of falls
  • Acute functional decline
  • Exacerbation of chronic conditions
  • Chills, Headache

 

  • Atypical signs can include:
  • Unexplained tachycardia, including age-specific tachycardia for children
  • Decreased in blood pressure
  • Unexplained hypoxia (even if mild i.e. O2 sat>90%)
  • Lethargy, difficulty feeding in infants (if no other diagnosis)
Children, in particular, should be monitored for atypical symptoms and signs of COVID-19.

testing for COVID-19

Symptomatic staff and children must complete the COVID-19 test. The testing of asymptomatic persons will only be performed as directed by the local public health unit as part of outbreak management.

  • Those who test negative for COVID-19 will be excluded from attending the daycare until 24 hours after symptom resolution.
  • Those who test positive for COVID-19 will be excluded from the child care center for 14 days after the onset of symptoms and clearance has been received from the local public health unit. Parents are responsible for paying tuition fees while the child is not attending the daycare.

Staff members awaiting test results, who are asymptomatic, may continue to work unless there is reason to believe they would be considered a case (e.g., potential exposure to an ill or positive case or household contact). Staff should also monitor for symptoms while waiting for test results; if they become symptomatic, they will be excluded from work.

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