Feeling uneasy about childcare during COVID-19? Check out these tips.
The world is slowly returning to a new normal and that means families will need childcare again as parents go back to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. How can you be sure that your childcare center is prepared for COVID? Mason’s Playhouse, located in Laurinburg, NC, wants to help ensure the safety of families and child care setting staff by providing this list of tips for parents with ways to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and make sure that their preferred childcare center is actively doing so too.
Tips for COVID and Childcare
· Parents should limit pick up and drop off to one person
· Daily temperature checks should be conducted
· Employees should be required to wear masks while in close distance with children.
· Children who have a fever of 100.4 or higher; have had a fever of 100.4 or higher or other potential symptoms of COVID-19, such as shortness of breath or persistent dry cough, within the last 72 hours; or have come in contact with others who have COVID-19 should stay at home.
· Make sure that the staff have emergency contact information on file for your family.
· Wash hands more frequently and keep “high touch” areas sanitized
Drop Off and Pick Up
To reduce the spread of COVID-19. Childcare centers may have staggered drop-off times or a designated drop-off zone to encourage social distancing. We are now only allowing new parents into the check in area on their first visit and our existing parents are dropping off and picking up at the door. Payments are being handled over the phone to avoid in-person contact.
Upon arrival, daily temperature checks (preferably with a touchless thermometer) of the staff and children while asking questions about other symptoms associated with COVID-19. It is important to ask for assistance if you do not understand the questions.
Cleaning and Sanitation
Cleaning high-touch surface and then disinfecting should be performed at an increased frequency to ward off germs and bacteria. Employees should be required to wear masks while in close distance with children. Some child care centers may even require those over the age of 2 to wear a mask also. Individual and group handwashing more frequently is encouraged.
Most child care centers currently have an illness policy in place but it may be stricter now. Children who have a fever of 100.4 or higher; have had a fever of 100.4 or higher or other potential symptoms of COVID-19, such as shortness of breath or persistent dry cough, within the last 72 hours; or have come in contact with others who have COVID-19 should stay at home.
If your child suddenly becomes sick while in care or there is a positive COVID-19 case in the center, your center may ask that you pick he/she up within one hour. Please make sure that the staff have emergency contact information on file for your family.
In general, class sizes should be smaller than before to allow for the promotion of physical distancing when possible.
“It is hard to keep children distanced from each other and their hands out of their face (specifically from touching their eyes, nose, and mouth) but it will make a great difference if staff tries their best to do so,” says Shanelle Quick, BSN, RN of Hoke County, NC.
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