Each morning you will need to assess your child at home before bringing them to daycare. The assessment needs to include:
• Shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing
• Runny nose or congestion
• Malaise or fatigue
• Abdominal pain
• Loss of appetite
• Loss of taste or smell
24 hours have passed since the last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND are symptom free
At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared AND at least 24 hours have passed since the last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND are symptom free.
Drop-Offs and Pick-Ups will take place at the front door or outside. For each of our safety and protection, and to keep in line with following the current local and state regulations, masks will be worn by myself and the drop-off parent, and we will remain at a safe distance.
Hands will be washed and sanitized frequently throughout the day as well as anytime they are visibly soiled or seen in a child's mouth. (According to Poison Control, a lick or taste of hand sanitizer will not harm a child, it only becomes serious if a child drinks the sanitizer) Hand sanitizers will be kept out of reach of the children along with any other toxic or harmful substances) Hand washing will be the first line of defense.
I am required to wear a mask under these circumstances:
1. Drop-offs and pick-ups
2. Any close contact with your child: picking up for a hug and comfort, diaper changes, putting into a highchair, putting into a pak-n-play, or anytime that I am closer than 6 feet.
3. Meals and snacks will be made wearing gloves and a mask and highchairs will be placed as far apart as possible.
4. All dishes/utensils/bottles and sippy cups will be washed with hot water and soap immediately after use according to CDC guidelines. Each child will have their own designated set of dishes.
I CLOSE ONE HOUR EARLY each day to allow for a vigilant and time consuming disinfecting process. Please pick your child up by 4:30 M-TH and by 4 on Fridays.
1. Each child will be watched closely throughout the day for toys going into their mouths, it will then immediately go into a "dirty bin" for disinfecting. If any disinfecting is required during daycare hours, it will be done away from the children and in a well-ventilated area.
2. ALL toys will be disinfected in a diluted bleach solution according to CDC guidelines. (It is also acceptable to use Hydrogen Peroxide, which is highly effective and less toxic)
3. High touch surfaces including, but not limited to, doorknobs, light switches, tables, counters, sinks and sink handles, outside play structures, ride on cars, high chairs, changing table (after each use), floors and playmats will be disinfected.
4. According to the childcare specific guidelines from the CDC, children's books and puzzles are not considered a high risk for transmission and are therefore permitted to remain in use. Any toys, stuffed animals, or dolls that cannot be properly disinfected will not be available for play.
5. Each child has their own designated pak-n-play for naps with their own bedding. If a nap room is shared, pak-n-plays will be placed at least 6 feet apart. ALL bedding will be washed every weekend keeping in line with my standard cleaning practices.