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Safety During COVID-19

Your family’s safety is our top priority as we reopen on-site programming. To ensure that our programs remain safe for all, COVID-19 safety regulations are in effect. Here is what you can expect before, during, and after your program. 

On This Page:

Before Your Program

Checking In

During Your Program

After Your Program

Before Your Program

Registration

All in-person programs at EarlyON centres in Peel Region require families to register in advance. To register, go to our Schedules page, select the program you would like to attend, and click “Register”. You will then fill out a form with your contact information and the name of each member of your family who is attending, including yourself and your children. You may only register for one program per week. Only two adults per family should attend due to space restrictions. An email will be sent to you to confirm your attendance and provide more information about COVID-19 safety. 

Active Screening

Please print and complete the active screening form from our website on the day of your program before leaving home. You will be asked to present the completed form when you arrive. Families who are unable to complete the form ahead of time will be provided a copy to fill out at check-in.

If you answer YES to ANY of the active screening questions on the active screening form, please remain at home and do not attend the program. Families who answer yes to any screening questions during check-in you will not be permitted to enter the centre and will be directed to return home immediately. 

Checking In

When You Arrive

Upon arrival, please go directly to the screening station, which will be located outside the entrance of the EarlyON centre.  Please observe the physical distancing markers on the ground. 

Adults must wear masks. Children 2-6 are encouraged to wear masks. Masks are not required for children under the age of 2. See the Masks section for more information.

Please sanitize your hands and your child’s hands at the screening statement. Hand sanitizer is not recommended for children under the age of two; you will be required to wash your hands and their hands when entering the program area.

At Check-In

Our staff will:  

  • Ask you for the temperature of each person attending the program 
  • Accept your completed waiver and screening form 
  • Help you complete the form if you have been unable to do so at home 
  • Provide you with time to put your belongings in a designated area and sanitize or wash each family member’s hands (hand washing is recommended for children two years of age and under) 
  • Admit you to the program area and give you any specific instructions related to the program 

Please note: there is a risk of illness associated with attending the EarlyON centre which is why you must complete the waiver and screening form prior to attending. If you answer yes to any of the questions, please do not go to the centre.

If any household member answers YES to ANY of the active screening questions while at the centre, they will not be permitted to enter and will be directed to return home immediately. Parents/guardians/caregivers will be advised to obtain information on symptoms, COVID-testing and self-isolation by seeing a health care provider, visiting The Region of Peel’s Coronavirus Testing page or contacting Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700. 

COVID-19 testing will be required for any staff, parent, guardian, caregiver, child experiencing new or worsening symptoms before returning to the centre. Staff, parents, guardians, caregivers and children must self-isolate for 14 days from the start of symptoms (unless tested negative for COVID-19). All household members must also be excluded from the EarlyON centre. 

If tested negative for COVID-19, the household may return to the centre 24 hours after symptoms resolve if they have not been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.  

If tested positive for COVID-19, household will be required to continue self-isolation for 14 days from the start of symptoms. Peel Public Health will confirm when individual can return to the EarlyON centre.  

If an alternative diagnosis is made by a health care provider (e.g. asthma, tonsillitis, ear infection, allergies), the individual may return to the centre 24 hours after symptoms resolve. A medical note is not required for households.  

If testing was recommended by a health care provider, but declined by the individual or parent, isolation for 14 days from the start of symptoms is advised. 

Households who have been identified as a close contact of a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 may not return to the EarlyON setting for 14 days after their last exposure, regardless of their own test result.

When You Enter

Indoor socks are required; if you forget yours, we will give you some to use and keep.

Personal Belongings

Personal belongings must remain inside the cubby/designated area which may be outside the play area. Strollers must be left outside. 

During Your Program

Masks

Masks are required inside the centres for individuals 6 years old and over, and are strongly encouraged for children aged 3 to 5 years. Please see the chart below for mask and personal protective equipment requirements.

IndividualNon-Medical MaskSurgical/Procedural MaskEye Protection
Staff
Other Adults
Child (2 years old and under)
Child (3-5 years old)If tolerated
Child (6 years old and older)

Disposable masks will be available.

Exemptions: 

  • Masks should not be placed on children 0 to 2 years of age.
  • Reasonable exceptions are permitted including those who have trouble breathing or who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, unable to remove mask without assistance, or are unable to tolerate wearing a mask. Proof of a mask exemption is not required.
  • Individuals not wearing masks while on the premises are required to maintain a distance of at least 2 metres between persons.

Hand Washing

Parents/guardians/caregivers should wash their hands with soap and warm water frequently, and must wash their hands in the following situations:  

  • When they arrive at the centre and before they go home 
  • After participating in an outdoor program 
  • After handling personal items that have not been disinfected as part of program entry 
  • Before preparing bottles   
  • Before and after giving or applying medication or ointment to a child or self 
  • Before and after touching their own or someone else’s face 
  • After sneezing or coughing into hands 
  • Before and after diaper check or changing diapers, assisting a child to use the toilet, and using the toilet 
  • Before and after contact with bodily fluids (i.e. runny noses, spit, vomit, blood) 
  • Upon re-entry to the centre 

Children should wash their hands with soap and warm water frequently, and must wash their hands in the following situations: 

  • When they arrive at the centre and before they go home 
  • After a diaper change and using the toilet 
  • After playing outside  
  • After handling shared toys/items 
  • After handling personal items that have not been disinfected as part of program entry 
  • After sneezing or coughing into hands 

Hand sanitizer is to be used when hand washing with soap and warm water is not available. Hand sanitizer is not recommended for children two years of age and under. 

  • Apply hand sanitizer (60-90% 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

Toys

  • EarlyON centres will limit the use of equipment and toys.
  • Group water/sensory tables will not be used. If sensory materials (e.g., playdough, water, etc.) are offered, they will be provided for each household for single use (i.e. available to a household for one program). 
  • Toys that cannot be easily cleaned and disinfected, such as plush toys will not be available for use by children and families. 
  • Mouthed toys must be set aside after being mouthed for cleaning and sanitization after each use. 
  • Sharing materials between different households will be limited.
  • Should any program participant, staff or essential visitor present with symptoms related to COVID-19 during the program, all toys, materials, equipment and surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected as soon as possible.

Food and Drinks 

At present, no food or drink with the exception of water, formula or breast milk is allowed in the centre. Please do your best to keep you and your child’s mask on as much as possible, putting it back in place immediately after drinking water.

Physical Distancing 

  • The number of people on site has been limited by the Region of Peel/Peel Public Health.
  • At present, there will be no singing indoors; physical distancing will be in effect for singing activities outdoors.
  • Your arrival and departure times will be staggered to ensure physical distancing is maintained. 
  • Different households are distanced from each other during program, as much as possible.

If ANY ONE of the symptoms related to COVID-19 are present in a parent/guardian/caregiver or child, the household will be asked to leave the centre immediately. 

They will be asked to wear a surgical/procedural mask (if tolerated) to cover the symptomatic individual’s nose and mouth if they not already wearing one. 

The designated lead staff will provide the parent/guardian/caregiver with contact information for Peel Public Health for information on symptoms, getting tested and self-isolation. 

The household will be excluded from the EarlyON centre and asked to self-isolate for 14 days (unless tested negative) from the start of symptoms and be tested for COVID-19 before returning to the EarlyON centre.   

If tested negative for COVID-19, the household may return to the centre 24 hours after symptoms resolve if they have not been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.  

If tested positive for COVID-19, household will be required to continue self-isolation for 14 days from the start of symptoms. Peel Public Health will confirm when individual can return to the EarlyON centre.  

If an alternative diagnosis is made by a health care provider (e.g. asthma, tonsillitis, ear infection, allergies), the individual may return to the centre 24 hours after symptoms resolve. A medical note is not required for households.  

If testing was recommended by a health care provider, but declined by the individual or parent, isolation for 14 days from the start of symptoms is advised. 

After Your Program

Cleaning

  • Frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected at least twice a day as they are most likely to become contaminated (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, toilet and faucet handles, electronic devices, and tabletops).  
  • Used toys and program materials will be cleaned and disinfected in between program sessions. 
  • Temporary storage spaces for personal belongings will be cleaned and disinfected between program sessions.