We have made the choice to stay open during the pandemic but given the circumstances, we have had to make some modifications to our program.
We will reserve priority for children of essential care families during this time, and we will additionally work to adjust our hours in order to provide flexibility. If you are an essential care worker looking for care, please contact us to discuss how we can fit your needs.
We ask that parents currently not enter the inside of our facility. For drop-offs, the children will be retrieved from the front door by a staff member. For pick-ups, we will have the children in the yard to allow for parents to maintain space from other children and staff. We have also made the decision to temporarily put a stop to outings outside the daycare grounds (such as walks, trips to the park, etc), in order to limit exposure.
Upon pick-up, children will be led to the washroom to thoroughly wash their hands. In general, children will be encouraged to wash their hands more frequently throughout the day (after sneezing, putting fingers in their mouth, etc.) We understand that children may have special attachment to some toys or items they will want to bring with daycare, but we ask that they not bring any toys that cannot be sanitized. We will continue to serve snacks to the children but strict handwashing protocols will be used by the staff. We have intensified our cleaning and sanitizing efforts through this pandemic by cleaning areas that are most touched (doorknobs, dishes, cups, ect) several times throughout the day, sanitizing toys that a child has put in their mouth, and trying to limit the number of toys that cannot be sanitized thoroughly. For more information on the guidelines we are following, please refer to: https://nrckids.org/CFOC/Database/3.3
Due to the current circumstances, we ask that parents closely monitor their children for any flu-like symptoms. Please make sure to check your child’s temperature as any individual with a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees cannot be allowed into the facility. Staff will require parents to take special note of symptoms such as fever, coughs and shortness of breath. During care hours, we will also be watching for these symptoms. If these symptoms are reported, we ask parents to keep their child at home for a minimum of 10 days.
We are committed to developing a positive and open relationship between parents and staff to ensure children are given the best possible care. Good communication can prevent misperceptions and different expectations in order to encourage cooperation and help foster a team approach.Parents are welcome to visit at any time, and we encourage any contributions in terms of ideas, concern, and experiences. As parents know their child the best, we would love to hear any information that would better our understanding of how to provide individualized support. Alternative forms of communication are available, as parents may choose to e-mail, speak on the phone, or make an in-person appointment to discuss. If calling during the day, please be aware that we may be unable to respond. If you leave a message, we will call back as soon as possible. We especially encourage parents to inform us of any sickness, medications, inoculations or contagious illnesses that the child has had in the past 24 hours as this may influence the child’s temperament and needs.
Children face many challenges daily, part of which includes learning acceptable behaviours and being able to regulate their behaviour in different environments and when interacting with different people. We are committed to using appropriate strategies to guide children to recognize, manage and learn from their behaviours and express their emotions in positive, non-threatening and productive ways. Our goal is to influence children’s behaviour rather than to control it. We aim to help children develop problem-solving skills, a sense of freedom to choose their own path and the self-esteem necessary to change a pattern of unhelpful behaviour. Ultimately, we seek to provide an environment which teaches children to self-regulate and manage their own behaviour.
It is important to us to ensure the safety and security of children at all times. Staff will support children in their behavioural choices in a variety of ways, depending on their age and developmental level, and effective supervision will serve to minimize negative behaviours. However, behaviours such as teasing, bullying, discrimination or physically hurting another child will not be tolerated. Through positive, supportive and intentional relationship building, we will provide education and care to children in a way that facilitates the following:
No form of physical punishment, verbal or emotional abuse or denial of physical necessities of any child can be permitted, practised or inflicted.
In the event of an incidence of bullying, or behaviours which place children or staff at risk, the following measures will be taken:
Where behavioural concerns remain ongoing, the following measures will be taken:
Although we strive to welcome all children at all times, there are occasions when children should not attend care. When a child develops symptoms of an infection or illness at home, it is the family’s responsibility to keep the child at home. We promote the protection of well children by preventing illness whenever possible. We encourage children to practice and develop good hand washing habits to prevent the spread of germs. We encourage an understanding of good nutrition, exercise and proper rest for the development of healthy bodies. Each child must have an immunization history signed by a physician on file at the facility. Please notify us if your child has any allergies (especially food allergies).
We are required to assess children’s health upon arrival each morning prior to admittance. If a child is unable to participate fully in all aspects of the program, indoors and outdoors, the child must remain at home for their own comfort. As a parent, you are the person that knows your child the best, if there is any change in your child’s general health or well-being please keep your child at home and seek medical attention. If your child becomes unwell at the centre this will be immediately monitored and recorded and you will be informed by telephone. Due to this you may be asked to collect your child earlier than usual. The following outlines areas of health concern whereby the child must remain at home, or if at the childcare program, an adult will be contacted to pick up the child.
For the well-being of all children, a 24-hours exclusion from care will be required. Families may be required to provide a doctor’s note verifying their child is well enough to participate in the program. For more information please visit the below website: http://www.vch.ca/media/VCH-sneezes-diseases-Aug-2014.pdf Please note: No refunds are offered for illness. COVID Update
Where a child has been prescribed Antibiotics, the child must have completed a full 24-hour cycle of the appropriate dosage of the prescribed anti biotic at home, prior to recommencing care.
Staff will administer skin conditions medication and creams ongoing as a preventative measure where required by parents. The parent must adhere to the requirements of providing over the counter medications in clearly labelled original containers with the child’s name displayed. A medical management plan outlining the administration requirements must be provided and a demonstration to staff on how and where to administer the skin conditions medication or cream for preventative purposes must occur.
An allergy is an abnormal response to a normal substance such as animal hair, eggs, pollen, food dye, fish, peanuts, etc. The allergic person, when exposed to that particular substance, will have what is known as an anaphylactic reaction. Symptoms may vary from mild to mid-range to life threatening. The safety of your child is important to us. Please inform us as soon as possible of any allergies your child develops after enrollment in our programs. Upon registration (or upon development of a severe allergic reaction), an Individual Health Care Plan will be completed prior to the start date. The Health Care Plan will be reviewed annually or when any changes are necessary. Our centre is peanut safe environments and therefore we ask that no food is brought in unless discussed with the site director.
Cleanliness and the exclusion of children with infectious conditions are essential to the well-being of those attending our center. Children with the symptoms of fever greater than 101 F or 38 C, diarrhea, open draining wounds, rash or known exposure to an infectious illness are not allowed to be attend at the center. If any of these symptoms are found, child will be isolated, and parents will be notified to retrieve child within one hour of notification. Children will not be permitted to attend the center until such symptoms have subsided.
In addition to adherence to contagion check: Children will be checked for Pediculosis (head lice) at regular intervals during the year. All children found to have Pediculosis will be sent home. Children will not be readmitted until treated and a release obtained from the family physician. Parents will be informed if their child has had any possible exposure to infectious conditions at the Centre. Likewise, if parents have been exposed to any potentially infectious diseases, they should inform the staff. COVID Update
Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for a wide variety of play experiences and for the appropriate weather conditions. A big part of our schedule involves outdoor play and lots of messy activities, so make sure that your child is dressed appropriately. Children are not permitted to share clothing and must wear their own clothes at all times. We also ask that children not wear jewelry/accessories unless it is of a cultural or religious nature. Throughout the year, we ask that parents ensure that children’s skin is covered to avoid sun burn. Each child’s clothing and personal belongings are the responsibility of their parent/guardian. Please ensure that each piece of your child’s clothing is clearly labelled with your child’s name. Personal spaces are provided for the storage of items.
*if further evacuation needed, or are unable to re-enter facility
We will be closed on statuary holidays. Our holiday hours will be posted on the parents’ board. The following is a list of the holidays that Blue Moon Childcare Centre will be closed: