In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, It’s A Child’s World FDH agency has modified their health and safety guidelines to reflect the Alberta Health and Safety Protocols for family day homes during the Covid-19 pandemic. Please go to the following link for more information
Entering and Exiting Procedures
- Procedures for drop off and pick up must support physical distancing.
- Day homes must keep daily records of anyone entering the facility who stays for 15 minutes or longer (e.g. family victors, contractors, etc.). Records must be kept up-to-date and available to facilitate contact tracing in the event of an outbreak.
- Parents, and children must not enter the child care space 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, nasal congestion, headache, and a general feeling of being unwell.
For reference, normal temperatures are: a. Mouth: 35.5-37.5°C (95.9-99.5°F) b. Underarm: 36.5-37.5°C (97.7-99.5°) c. Ear (not recommended in infants): 35.8-38.0°C (96.4-100.4°F).
- Parents are reminded of this requirement when children are first registered with the day home.
- The Day Home Educator must conduct active symptom screening of each child every morning with the parent conducting the drop off, using the screening checklist tool.
- If a child develops symptoms while at the day home, the child should be isolated in a separate room and the parent should be notified to come and pick up the child immediately. If a separate room is not available or if the child is too young, the child needs to be kept at least 2 meters away from other children.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Items
- The Day Home Educator will engage in frequent, thorough cleaning and disinfecting each day.
- With the exception of diaper change tables, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces as per AHS’ Guidelines.
- Cleaning and disinfection of diapering areas must continue to be done as per usual protocols.
- Cleaning and disinfecting of toys should be done by: Dishwasher OR Wash with detergent and water, rinse with clean warm water, wipe, spray or immerse for 2 minutes in an approved disinfectant and then air dry.
- Discontinue shared use of items that cannot be cleaned and disinfected (natural materials such as acorns, sticks, cardboard etc.)
- Ensure mouthed toys are immediately put into a designated bucket to be cleaned and disinfected.
- Soft toys (plush toys and blankets) should not be shared at this time. Launder in hot water and dryer between children or discontinue use.
- Close all shared sensory tables including water tables, sand tables, shared play dough.
- Individual sensory bins or activities that are not shared between children may be used (play dough labelled for individual child use, small individual water bowl with sensory activities).
- Regarding items that travel with the child from home to the day home on a daily or regular basis:
- Children bringing in non-essential personal items should be discouraged.
- Equipment that is required for children’s day-to-day use (e.g., mobility or feeding devices, weighted blankets, headphones) should be cleaned and disinfected at drop off and pick up, and should not be used by anyone other than the child.
- Day Home Educator encourage physically-distant greetings such as “air fives” and waves.
- Day Home physical environment will be set up to avoid clustering or traffic jams.
- For naps, increase distance between sleeping mats/cots up to 2 meters if possible, and always practice head-to-toe placement.
- Children must be frequently reminded to follow proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette (wash hands frequently, sneeze/cough into their elbow, put used tissues in a waste receptacle and wash hands immediately after using tissues).
- Post signs with visual cues around the day home area to remind children to perform proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
- Day home will adhere to handwashing guidelines outlined in the AHS Health and Safety Child Care Guidelines. While alcohol-based hand sanitizer is not typically recommended for routine use in child care, it has been proven effective for hand hygiene when soap and water is not readily available. Access to hand sanitizer needs to be monitored in all times and can result in accidental poisoning if ingested. Children must be closely supervised when using alcohol based hand sanitizer. Manufacture instructions for each product must be followed.
Food Prep and Eating Snacks/Meals
- No self-serve or family-style meal service.
- Cease activities involving child participation in food preparation.
- Ensure that while food handling meticulous hand hygiene is practiced.
- Where possible, children should practice physical distancing while eating.
- There should be no common food items (e.g., salt and pepper shakers).
- Meals should be served in individual portions.
- Utensils should be used to serve food items (not fingers).