Health & COVID Policies

Advanced Care & Education Daycare is taking the COVID-19 Pandemic seriously to protect our children, parents and caregivers.
  • Highlights of Changes

    1. Revised cohort size to maximum group sizes set out under the CCEYA (maximum ratio allowed – see the section: Maximum Cohort Size and Ratio).
    2. Revised guidance around the use of masks for staff and parents (see section: Use of Masks and PPE; Drop off & Pick Up Procedures).
    3. Revised guidance around reporting a serious occurrence to Ministry of Health and Education.
    4. Revised guidance to remove the use of blankets or cloths over clothing when holding toddlers (see section: Interactions with Toddlers).
    5. Revised guidance around how confirmed cases of or an outbreak of the coronavirus will be communicated to parents.
    6. Updated COVID-19 outbreak response plan
    7. Revised Serious Occurrence Reporting

    Hand Hygiene

    Policy and Procedure Policy Statement

    ACE Daycare is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for children, families and employees. ACE Daycare will take every reasonable precaution to prevent the risk of communicable diseases within our location.

    Staff will ensure that hand hygiene (hand washing/hand sanitizing), is enhanced at all times. It is important that employees and children are always practicing good hand hygiene when hands are visibly dirty and before and/or after:

    • Sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose
    • Using the washroom
    • Handling garbage
    • Handling raw foods
    • Outdoor play
    • Handling soiled laundry or dishes
    • Handling soiled toys or other items
    • Coming into contact with bodily fluids
    • Coming into contact with any soiled/mouthed items
    • Gardening
    • Preparing handling and serving food
    • Toileting/diapering routine
    • Handling animals
    • Touching a cut or open sore
    • Glove use
    • Dispensing/handling expressed breast milk
    • Giving medication
    • Entering the emergency child care centre
    • Entering a room within the emergency child care centre

    When hands are visibly soiled, follow these steps for cleaning hands:

    • Wet hands
    • Apply soap
    • Lather for at least 15 seconds. Rub between fingers, back of hands, fingertips, under nails
    • Rinse well under running water
    • Dry hands well with paper towel or hot air blower
    • Turn taps off with paper towel, if available

    When hands are not visibly soiled, follow these steps for cleaning hands:

    • Apply hand sanitizer (70-90% isopropyl alcohol based)
    • Rub hands together for at least 15 seconds
    • Work sanitizer between fingers, back of hands, fingertips, and under nails.
    • Rub hands until dry

    Hand Hygiene Monitoring

    To ensure that employees are using proper hand hygiene methods, supervisors will review hand hygiene practices on a regular basis and provide feedback to employees as required.

    Hand Sanitizing Information

    When your hands are not visible dirty, a 70-90% isopropyl alcohol based hand sanitizer can be used. Hand sanitizers can only be used on children who are over the age of 18 months and must always be used under adult supervision. It is recommended for children to wash their hands rather than using the sanitizer if applicable.

    Glove Use

    Gloves shall be worn when it is anticipated that hands will come into contact with mucous membranes, broken skin, tissue, blood, bodily fluids, secretions, excretions, contaminated equipment or environmental surfaces. Nitrite gloves are single use only.

    Gloves and Hand Hygiene

    Hand hygiene shall be practised before applying and after removing gloves. Gloves shall be removed and discarded after each use.

    To reduce hand irritation related to gloves:

    • Wear gloves for as short a time as possible
    • Ensure that hands are clean and dry before wearing gloves
    • Ensure gloves are intact, clean and dry inside
    • Gloves are single use only, and must be task specific such as nitrile for diaper changes and dishwashing-like gloves for disinfecting toys

    Gloves when Cleaning/Disinfecting

    When employees are mixing chemicals into bottles or buckets, they must wear thicker dishwashing-like gloves. These gloves can be reused, each employee should have their own pair. Also, employees must wear these gloves when immersing toys in diluted disinfectant when toy washing, as their hands are more frequently immersed.

    Covering Your Cough Procedure

    Germs, such as influenza and cold viruses, are spread by coughing and/or sneezing. When you cough or sneeze on your hands, your hands carry and spread these germs.

    Attempt to keep your distance (preferably more than 2 metres/6 feet) from people who are coughing or sneezing. Follow these steps to stop the spread of germs:

    • If you have a tissue, cover your mouth and nose when you cough, sneeze or blow your nose
    • Put used tissues in the garbage
    • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve, not in your hands

    Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer (70-90% isopropyl alcohol-based) regularly and immediately after using a tissue on yourself or others.

    Policy and Procedure Review

    This policy and procedure will be reviewed and signed off by all employees before re-opening, and at any time where a change is made.

    Health Screening Procedure- ACE Daycare

    In order to help reduce the risk of respiratory infections (including COVID-19), a health screening is an essential step.

    This procedure applies to all employees, students, clients, community members and any other persons engaging in business with ACE Daycare. Everyone must be screened prior to entering the child care centre.

    For staff, an individual health assessment must start at home. Perform a screen on yourself prior to going to work, if you answer yes to any of the questions, do not go to work and contact the centre supervisor.

    ACE Daycare Will Set Up a Screening Table/Station

    • The main entrance to the facility will be used to screen children coming into the daycare. The staff entrance will be used for screening staff/essential visitors to the facility only.
    • The screening staff will be wearing full PPE while admitting children to the daycare.
    • Visual guides are provided to assist with physical distancing (yellow taped lines on the ground) in the event of a line-up while parents and their children are waiting to be screened prior to entering the daycare.
    • Hand sanitizer is placed on the screening table. Ensure it is visible to staff/clients entering the building and they are asked to hand sanitize. There is a touchless sanitizer attached to the wall for everybody’s use.
    • Ensure all PPE and screening materials are accessible in the area.
    • Health Screening Staff must wear appropriate PPE at all times including: Gloves, Masks, Eye Protection and Gowns
    • Refer to Protective Personal Equipment Policy and Procedures for further information on required PPE
    • Ensure the health screening area is disinfected regularly throughout screening and the day.

    Screening Procedure

    • Every staff, child and visitor must be screened prior to being admitted into ACE Daycare. Staff must follow the screening checklist for each person and record the outcome (pass or fail). The records are to be kept on site.
    • Health screening questions are for the parent/guardian to answer on their and their child’s behalf, and for staff; also included are household contacts
    • Parents/guardians are not permitted past the health screening designated area to ensure physical distancing. Only one parent/guardian is permitted into the screening area
    • Staff are not permitted past the health screening area until they have passed the screening and have been cleared to enter the daycare.
    • Only the children and staff will have their temperature taken, not parents/guardians as they are not permitted into the daycare.
    • Parents/guardians are not permitted into the daycare.
    • Staff should continue to self-monitor themselves and monitor children in care throughout the shift. Any symptoms must immediately be reported to the centre supervisor and the Ministry of Health if further assessment of the situation needed.
    • Screeners should take appropriate precautions when screening, including maintaining physical distancing of at least 6ft/2 meters from others.
    • Ensure that surgical/fabric masks are worn anytime you are working in the screening area.
    • Health Screening Staff must wear appropriate PPE at all times including: Gloves, Masks, Eye Protection and Gowns o Refer to Protective Personal Equipment Policy and Procedures for further information on required PPE

    Questions are for Staff and Families

    The screening staff will ask the parents/guardians questions with regards to possible symptoms of COVID -19 (the list of symptoms is posted on the front door), if they have been in contact with someone who is sick or has confirmed COVID – 19 in the past 14 days or returned from traveling. Any relevant comments will be recorded on the chart.  

    • Staff must complete hand hygiene and have appropriate PPE on (refer to screening procedure above)
    • Take temperature, record, remove gloves, and complete hand hygiene (hand washing or hand sanitizer). Disinfect thermometer and wait appropriate contact time.

    How to Respond

    • If the individual/a child answers NO to all questions (and the symptoms are not present), and the child does not have a fever (37.8 degrees C and above), they have passed the screening and can enter the building.
    • If the individual answers YES to any of the screening questions, refuses to answer, and/or has a fever (37.8 degrees Celsius and above), they have failed the screening and cannot enter the building.
    • Screening staff are to ensure that door handles, and any other surfaces the individual has touched are disinfected immediately. Personal protective equipment (PPE), a mask and gloves, must be worn for this, with hand hygiene performed before and after donning and doffing the gloves and mask.

    Procedure Review

    This policy and procedure will be reviewed and signed off by all employees prior to re-opening, and at any time where a change is made.

    Environmental Cleaning and Disinfecting Policy and Procedures

    Policy Statement

    ACE Daycare is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for children, families and employees. ACE Daycare will take every reasonable precaution to prevent the risk of communicable diseases within our location.


    To ensure that all employees are aware of, and adhere to, the protocol established by York Region Public Health regarding cleaning and disinfecting.


    This policy applies to all employees, and any other persons engaged in business with ACE Daycare.

    ACE Daycare will ensure that there are written policies and procedures outlining the center’s health and safety protocols. ACE Daycare will submit an attestation to the Ministry that confirms new policies and procedure have been developed and reviewed with employees and families.

    • Frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, toilet and faucet handles etc. to be cleaned and disinfected often (or at least, twice a day).
    • All the plush toys to be removed from the classrooms.
    • Stuff will ensure that all the equipment and cleaning/disinfecting products that are used meet the DIN requirements.
    • Staff will be checking expiry dates of cleaning and disinfectant products and following the manufacturer’s instructions.
    • Staff will keep a cleaning and disinfecting log to tack and demonstrate cleaning schedules.
    • Laundry (e.g. bibs etc) will be done on a daily basis through taking health and safety precautions such as wearing PPE.


    Cleaning refers to the physical removal of foreign material (i.e. dust, soil) and organic material (i.e. blood, secretions, microorganisms). Cleaning removes, rather than kill microorganisms. Warm water, detergent and mechanical action (i.e. wiping) is required to clean surfaces. Rinsing with clean water is required to complete the cleaning process to ensure the detergent film is removed.


    Disinfecting describes a process completed after cleaning in which a chemical solution, is used to kill most disease-causing microorganisms. In order to be effective disinfectants must be left on a surface for a period of time (contact time) unless it is mentioned by the manufacturer that there is no waiting time needed. Contact times are generally prescribed by the product manufacturer. Any items children may come into contact with, requires a final rinse after the required contact time is observed.


    All products including cleaning agents and disinfectants must be out of reach of children, labelled, and must meet the DIN requirements.


    • Use detergent and warm water to clean visibly soiled surfaces
    • Rinse the surface with clean water (warm to tepid temperature preferred) to ensure detergent is removed
    • Let the surface dry

    ACE Daycare staff will complete disinfecting procedures as often as possible to ensure health and safety of both children and employees and as mentioned below:

    Cleaning and Disinfection Frequency Requirements

    Clean and disinfect upon ENTRY to childcare (for staff):

    • Any hard surfaces such as water bottles, travel mugs, cell phones, lunch containers

    Clean and disinfect upon children’s ENTRY to childcare:

    • Any hard surfaces such as water bottles, containers, etc.

    Clean and disinfect frequencies for other surfaces and items:

    Cleaning and disinfecting routines must be increased as the risk of environmental contamination is higher:

    • Tables and countertops: used for food preparation and food service must be cleaned and disinfected before and after each use
    • Highchairs: must be cleaned and disinfected before and after serving food
    • Spills must be cleaned and disinfected immediately

     Handwash sinks: staff and children washroom areas must be cleaned and disinfected at least two times per day and as often as necessary (e.g., when visibly dirty or contaminated with body fluids).

    • Floors: cleaning and disinfecting must be performed as required, i.e., when spills occur, and throughout the day when rooms are available, i.e., during outdoor play

    Outdoor play equipment: must be disinfected before each group uses it, and additionally as required (e.g., visibly dirty). Any outdoor play equipment that is used must be easy to clean and disinfect. It is recommended to limit the amount of outdoor play equipment in use

    • Hightouch surfaces: any surfaces at your location that has frequent contact with hands (e.g., light switches, shelving, containers, hand rails, door knobs, sinks toilets etc.) These surfaces should be cleaned at least twice per day and as often as necessary (e.g., when visibly dirty or contaminated with body fluids)
    • Other shared items: e.g., phones, IPADs, IPODs, attendance binders etc., these must be disinfected between users.

    Clean and Disinfect As Required

    Blood/Bodily Fluid Spills: Using the steps below, the surface must be cleaned first then disinfected:

    • Isolate the area around the spill so that no other objects/humans can be contaminated
    • Gather all supplies, perform hand hygiene, then put on single-use nitrile gloves
    • Scoop up the fluid with disposable paper towels (check the surrounding area for splash/splatter) and dispose of in separate garbage bag
    • Clean the spill area with detergent, warm water and single-use towels
    • Rinse to remove detergent residue with clean water and single-use towel
    • Discard used paper towels and gloves immediately in a tied plastic bag
    • 7. Disinfect cleaned areas.
    • Remove gloves as directed and discard them immediately
    • Perform hand hygiene as directed

    Cots Cleaning and Disinfecting

    • Cots must be labelled and assigned/designated to a single child per use
    • Cots must be cleaned and disinfected before being assigned to a child
    • High touch surfaces on cots must be disinfected at least twice per day and as often as necessary

    Additional Infection Prevention and Control Practices for Hygiene Items

    • Pacifiers must be individually labelled and stored separately (not touching each other), they must not be shared among children. The pacifier must be washed in soap and water upon arrival to the centre
    • Label individual hygiene items and store them separately
    • For creams and lotions during diapering, never put hands directly into lotion or cream bottles, use a tissue or single-use gloves. Upon arrival to the centre, wipe the cream/lotion container with a disinfecting wipe

    Policy and Procedure Review

    This policy and procedure will be reviewed and signed off by all employees before re-opening the daycare, and at any time where a change is made.

    Protocols When a Child or Staff Demonstrates Symptoms of Illness or Becomes Sick

    • Staff, parents and guardians, and children must not attend the program if they are sick, even if symptoms resemble a mild cold.
      • Symptoms to look for include but are not limited to: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose (only if comes with general unwellness and other symptoms), nasal congestion, headache, and a general feeling of being unwell.
      • Children in particular should be monitored for atypical symptoms and signs of COVID-19.
    • If a child or staff becomes sick while in the program, they will be isolated and family members contacted for pick-up.
    • If a separate room is not available, the sick person to be kept at a minimum of 2 meters from others.
    • The sick person should be provided with tissues and reminded of hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, and proper disposal of tissues.
    • If the sick person is a child, a staff member should remain with the child until a parent/guardian arrives. If tolerated and above the age of 2, the child should wear a surgical/procedure mask. The staff should wear a surgical/procedure mask and eye protection at all times and not interact with others. The staff should also avoid contact with the child’s respiratory secretions.
    • All items used by the sick person should be cleaned and disinfected. All items that cannot be cleaned (paper, books, cardboard puzzles) should be removed and stored in a sealed container for a minimum of 7 days.
    • York Region Public Health to be notified if there are 2 or more symptomatic (more than 1 symptom displayed) individuals within 48 hours and their advice should be followed.

    Other children, including siblings of the sick child, and staff  in the program who were present while the child or staff member became ill should be identified as a close contact and further cohorted (i.e., grouped together) until they can be picked up by parents/guardians to self-isolate at home. The local public health unit will provide any further direction on testing and isolation of these close contacts.

    COVID-19 Outbreak Response Plan

    Positive Cases of COVID-19

    In all cases of a positive COVID-19 case, once a positive test result has been received, the following steps must be taken:

    • The Supervisor or the Assistant Supervisor will contact York Region Public Health to report the positive case.
    • No information shall be shared with families or employees until instructions have been provided by Public Health.
    • There will be a consultation with Public Health regarding a communication letter to be sent out to:
      • Families of children who are direct contacts with a confirmed COVID-19 case
      • Employees who are direct contacts with a confirmed COVID-19 case
    • ACE Daycare may be requested, by Public Health, to provide tracking / surveillance line list, as well as names and contact information for families and employees who were supposedly in touch with a confirmed COVID – 19 case. Public health will provide parameters on who should be excluded and will provide ongoing support for the childcare operations and outbreak management.
    • The Supervisor or the Assistant Supervisor will ensure the following groups are contacted and any relevant documentation is completed and provided:
      • Ministry of Education (must be informed prior to receiving Serious Occurrence).
      • York Region Public Health
    • Serious Occurrence in CCLS will be completed and/or updated as soon as possible.

    In the event, a child tests positive for COVID-19:

    • The parent should inform the supervisor/assistant supervisor immediately
    • The child will be managed by York Region Public Health
    • Prior to returning to ACE Daycare, the family must provide a letter from their case contact at York Region Public Health confirming the child’s approval to return to the Centre
    • Any siblings of the child in ACE daycare will also be excluded.
    • All employees and children who are in the same cohort and any close contact of the child who has tested positive, will be excluded for 14 days, unless indicated otherwise by Public Health.

    In the event, a childcare employee tests positive for COVID-19, the above steps will be followed with the addition that the employee will:

    • Inform their supervisor/assistant supervisor immediately and self- isolate immediately.
    • Cooperate with the York Region Public Health to identify close contacts and follow the direction from Public Health.
    • All employees and children who are in the same room/cohort as the employee, as well as any siblings in another cohort, who has tested positive will be excluded from the program for 14 days, unless indicated otherwise by Public Health.

    In the event that a household member or close contact of a child or an employee tests positive for COVID -19:

    • The employee or a child who is a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case attending ACE Daycare should inform the supervisor/assistant supervisor immediately
    • York Region Public Health will be contacting the individual to assist with the isolation period for the family.
    • The employee or child will be required to isolate and cannot attend the daycare for a minimum of 14 days to monitor for symptoms, unless indicated otherwise by Public Health. Further exclusions may be required by Public Health.

    Employee/children who are being managed by York Region Public Health (e.g., confirmed cases of COVID-19, household contacts of cases) should follow instructions from York Region Public Health to determine when to return to the facility.

    If not advised by York Region Public Health, Employee/children will not be permitted back to the Facility for a minimum of 14 days from symptoms onset; they must be symptom free for 24 hours at a minimum.

    Ministry of Education Serious Occurrence Reporting

    • ACE Daycare has a duty to report suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 under the Health Protection and Promotion Act. ACE daycare management will contact their local public health unit to report a child suspected/confirmed to have COVID-19. The local public health unit 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.
    • Where a child, parent, or staff is suspected (i.e. has symptoms and has been tested) of having or has a confirmed case of COVID-19, ACE must report this to the ministry as a serious occurrence.

    Effective November 9, 2020, and in accordance with the November 2020 Operational Guidance Document, ACE Daycare will be required to submit serious occurrences for a confirmed COVID-19 case for a child in the program or an employee/visitor.   

    A Serious Occurrence is required to be submitted under the category “suspected/confirmed case of COVID-19” when one of the following individuals has a confirmed case of COVID-19:

    • child who receives childcare at ACE daycare,
    • an employee at ACE Daycare

    If the local Public Health unit determines that a full or partial closure is required, a serious occurrence report must be submitted under the “Unplanned disruption of Service” category. Any closures to the childcare or part of the childcare (i.e. a program room) due to a confirmed case or additional individuals also testing positive, must also be reported under the open/existing serious occurrence. No refunds at the time of COVID-19 Closures will be issued to Parents, ACE Daycare reserves the right to charge for space due to Financial Viability and future operational costs.

    When a serious occurrence has been reported under this category and that report remains open in CCLS, ACE Daycare will update the existing/open serious occurrence should a second individual develop a suspected or confirmed case. If there are no open serious occurrences, ACE Daycare will need to submit a NEW report.

    A serious occurrence notification form is required to be posted under the CCEYA, unless the local public health unit advises otherwise 

    Outbreak Management

    An outbreak may be declared by Public health if (within a 14 day period) there are 2 or more laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases in children, employees or other visitors with an epidemiological link (e.g. cases within the same room or part of a school age cohort) where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the child care setting.

    When the local Public Health unit declares an outbreak, the instructions for next steps will come directly for them. This could mean closure of a particular cohort or the entire childcare setting.

    Use of Masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

    • All adults in ACE Daycare are required to wear a medical mask and an eye protection while inside of the childcare premises.
    • Masks are not recommended for children, particularly those under the age of two.
    • Here are the exceptions to the requirement to wear a mask & eye protection:
      • Teachers may take a mask off if they feel they cannot tolerate wearing a mask any longer (cannot breathe).
      • Teachers who declared they have an exemption due to their medical condition do not require to wear a mask.
      • Teachers are nor required to wear a mask and an eye protection while outdoors if the proper distance of at least 2 meters can be maintained.
    • When wearing a mask, staff should wash their hands before donning the mask and before and after removing the mask.

    ACE Daycare will perform and promote frequent, proper hand hygiene (including supervising or assisting participants with hand hygiene). Hand washing using soap and water is recommended over alcohol-based hand rub for children.

    Maximum Cohort Size and Ratio

    1. Cohort size for each classroom in ACE Daycare (including each family age group) is revised to a maximum set out under the CCEYA (“a cohort”).
      • Toddlers (per classroom): 15
      • Preschoolers (per classroom): 16
      • Senior Preschool: 21
      • JK: 20
      • SK: 25
    2. Each cohort must stay together throughout the day and are not permitted to mix with other cohorts.


    1. Staff will work at only one location.
    2. Supervisors and/or designates will limit their movement between rooms, doing so when absolutely necessary.
    3. Supply/replacement staff will be assigned to specific cohorts.

    Attendance Records

    ACE Daycare stuff is responsible for maintaining daily records of anyone entering the facility and the approximate length of their stay (such as cleaners, people doing maintenance work, people providing supports for children with special needs, those delivering food).

    Records are to be kept on the premises.

    Records (e.g. name, contact information, time of arrival/departure, screening completion/result, etc.) must be kept on the premises and be up-to-date and available to facilitate contact tracing in the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case or outbreak. 

    Communication with Families

    ACE Daycare will communicate with families regarding the enhancement of health and safety measures while facilitating transparency of expectations. The main means of communication are WhatsApp groups which are open for every class to enable teachers to send announcements, documentation, pictures as well as updates and news. New policies will be also shared with families, for their information and to ensure they are aware of these expectations, including keeping children home when they are sick, which are aimed at helping to keep all children and staff safe and healthy. WhatsApp groups will be also the main tool to communicate with parents in case of an outbreak or confirmed cases of coronavirus.

    Any changes to policies will be communicated to families so they are aware of the changes.

    Where possible, the use of in-person communication will be limited and Zoom meetings will be recommended.

    Drop-Off and Pick-up Procedures

    ACE Daycare will develop procedures that support physical distancing and separate groups as best as possible (i.e. only one parent with a child is permitted into the screening area at a time, other parents should wait for their turn)

    All entrances will have hand sanitizer (and a touchless sanitizer at the main entrance). Parents are required to wear a mask while entering the screening area/ getting inside the lobby.

    As well, ACE Daycare will use signage/markings on the ground to direct families through the entry steps.

    Personal belongings (e.g., backpack, clothing, etc.) should be minimized. If brought, belongings should be labeled and kept in the child’s cubby/ designated area.


    There will not be non-essential visitors at the program.

    The provision of special needs services will continue if needed. Should questions arise in respect of which service providers are permitted to enter the premises, ACE Daycare management will consult with the local public health unit.

    Use of video and telephone interviews will be used to interact with families where possible, rather than in person.

    Ministry staff and other public officials (e.g. fire marshal, public health inspectors) are permitted to enter and inspect a child care centre, home child care agency and premises at any reasonable time.

    As much as possible, parents should not go past the screening area.

    There are no volunteers or students permitted at the program.

    Space Set-Up and Physical Distancing

    ACE Daycare recognizes that physical distancing between children in a child care setting is difficult and encourages child care staff and providers to maintain a welcoming and caring environment for children.

    When setting up the play space, physical distancing of at least 2 metres will be maintained between cohorts and will be encouraged, where possible, between children within the same cohort:

    • spreading children out into different areas, particularly at meal and dressing time;
    • incorporating more individual activities or activities that encourage more space between children; creating personalized activity kits for each child’s personal use
    • using visual cues to promote physical distancing.

    In shared outdoor space, cohorts must maintain a distance of at least 2 metres between groups and any other individuals outside of the cohort.

    ACE Daycare will increase the distance between cots or place the children head to toe or toe to toe.

    Shared spaces and structures that cannot be cleaned and disinfected between cohorts won’t be used.

    Recognizing that physical distancing is difficult with small children and infants, additional suggestions include:

    • planning activities that do not involve shared objects or toys;
    • when possible, moving activities outside to allow for more space; and
    • avoiding singing activities indoors.

    Equipment and Toy Usage and Restrictions

    ACE Daycare will provide toys and equipment which are made of materials that can be cleaned and disinfected (no plush toys allowed).

    Toys and equipment will be cleaned and disinfected at a minimum between cohorts.

    Mouthed toys will be cleaned and disinfected immediately after the child is finished using it.

    Staff will have designated toys and equipment (e.g., balls, loose equipment) for each room or cohort. Where toys and equipment are shared, they will be cleaned and disinfected prior to being shared.

    When sensory materials (e.g., playdough, water, sand, etc.) are offered, they will be provided for single use (i.e. available to the child for the day) and labelled with child’s name, if applicable.

    Play structures can only be used by one cohort at a time.

    Program Statement/Activities

    ACE Daycare professionals will continue to implement their program statement.

    As there may be approaches outlined in the program statement which may not be possible due to physical distancing, ACE daycare will consider each approach before implementing.

    Outdoor Play

    ACE Daycare will schedule outdoor play by cohorts in order to facilitate physical distancing. As the outdoor play area is large enough to accommodate multiple groups, ACE Daycare may divide the space with physical markers to ensure cohorts remain separated by at least 2 metres.

    If play structures are to be used by more than one cohort, the structures can only be used by one cohort at a time and should be cleaned and disinfected before and after each use by each cohort.

    Children should bring their own sunscreen, and it should not be shared. Staff will provide assistance to apply sunscreen to any child requiring it and should exercise proper hand hygiene when doing so (for example washing hands before and after application).

    Interactions with Toddlers

    Recognizing that physical distancing is difficult with small children, suggestions to support physical distancing include:

    • planning activities that do not involve shared objects or toys; and,
    • when possible, moving activities outside to allow for more space.

    Children must not share food, feeding utensils, soothers, bottles, sippy cups, etc. Mouthed toys must be removed immediately for cleaning and disinfecting and must not be shared with other children.

    All items are to be labeled with the child’s name to discourage accidental sharing.

    Food Provision

    Meal practices will ensure there is no self-serve or sharing of food at meal times.

    • Utensils to be used to serve food.
    • Meals will be served in individual portions to the children.
    • There won’t be items shared (i.e., serving spoon or salt shaker).
    • There will no food provided by the family/outside of the regular meal provision of the program, unless a child need a special food due to food sensitivities/allergies.
    • Children will neither prepare nor provide food that will be shared with others.
    • Ensure proper hand hygiene is practiced when staff are preparing food and for all individuals before and after eating.
    • Where possible, children should practice physical distancing while eating.
    • There will be no sharing of utensils.

    Last Update: January 8, 2021

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