COVID-19 Safety Plan
Please read carefully. You must agree and follow these protocols and procedures to have your child attend the program. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause you and your family. We are trying our best to keep everyone safe and follow provincial guidelines. By registering your child you agree to the following points for informed consent.
Informed Consent: COVID-19
I understand that the children attending Tofino Nature Kids programming may not be socially distanced at all times.
I understand that the program educators will be taking all precautions necessary to encourage space bubbles between the students and will redirect them with positive language when necessary.
I understand that educators may need to physically comfort my child from time to time and only when necessary. This will be offered in the form of gentle hugs, hand holding and sitting closely should the child require it.
I understand that educators may need to help my child with toileting and that they will take proper safety precautions while doing so.
Daily Health Check
I will check my child's health prior to programs beginning each morning and will not send my child if they have a temperature, fever, cough or are sneezing. If my child has a runny nose, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, sinus congestion, unexplained fatigue, exposure to COVID-19 or has taken international travel in the last 14 days, I will not send my child to camp.
Sign in Procedure
I understand that to avoid sharing equipment, educators will conduct sign in and sign out of my child. I will give verbal consent to the staff person to do this at sign in and sign out.
I acknowledge that my child will be willing and able to take part in proper hygiene practices such as regular hand washing.
Tofino Nature Kids COVID-19 Protocols and Procedures
In efforts to keep our staff, families, and children safe during our programs, the following is a list of protocols that will be followed by staff, families and children alike. These protocols are in accordance with WorkSafe BC and the provincial government guidelines and are subject to change at any time.
Table of Contents
Drop Off/ Pick Up Routine
Physical Distancing Within Class Time
New Way of Greeting—Toe Tap!
1. Drop Off Routine
Drop off times are going to take a little longer. Please be patient with us as we try to work through safety procedures.
Drop off will now be at the beach to allow for space for physical distancing. Parents will drop off their children at the North Chesterman’s Tofino Nature Kids home base. From the North Chesterman’s parking lot, turn right and we are just past the first headland.
We will have markers set out where parents and their children should line up while they wait their turn to sign in. The Educator will sign the children in and do a health screening each day before the child is permitted to enter the program. Once your child is signed in and confirmed that your child is well you, will be directed to the next Educator where the children will hang up their bags and then wash their hands. We will ask that parents to depart in a timely manner to reduce the number of adults in the area. The children will then be directed to the next Educator where they can join in a game or free play.
All parents, caregivers, children, and educators who have symptoms of COVID-19 OR travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days OR were identified by Public Health as in close contact of a confirmed case must stay home and self-isolate.
Families will approach the Educator with the sign in book and maintain physical distance (2m)
By agreeing to these policies and procedures the parent or guardian gives the Educator consent to sign their child in and out.
The Educator will ask the parent the following questions regarding their child’s health:
Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
Aches or pains
Nausea or vomiting
*Should your child be experiencing *any* of these symptoms, please keep them home*
Pick up time will be at the same location as drop off. We ask that the parent/guardian approach a Educator at a safe distance to let them know you are there to pick up your child. The Educator will sign them out then will direct you to the hand washing station to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer. You may then go get your child and their belongings. We ask that you please leave the area as soon as possible to prevent too many adults congregating in the same area.
2. Physical Distancing Within Class Time
The provincial government does not expect young children to be able to be physically distant with one another. We will not be enforcing physical distancing amongst the children. We will be reducing the number of children in each program compared to our standard practices. We will emphasize hygiene and provide handwashing regularly. It is vital that children be permitted to play and this includes games where there will be touching (such as tag). All our activities will take place outdoors as they normally do and is also recommended by the BC CDC.
Direct Contact Between Students
Our Educators will be redirecting any direct contact between children such as hugging or high fives with positive and caring language. We will be encouraging children to have a small space bubble or “eagle arms distance” in between them, during their play to reduce the amount of contact.
Rough and Tumble Play
We will be suspending all rough and tumble play at this time until directed by the provincial government that it is safe to have direct contact with each other again.
Educator Physical Distance
The Educators will make their best efforts at physical distancing during program.
It is important that children feel they are in a safe and secure environment when away from home. Should a child require comforting of any kind during our programs, a Educator will offer that to them by way of gentle hugs, hand holding or sitting closely together.
3. New Way of Greeting—Toe Tap!
The desire to hug our friends is strong amongst children and adults alike. In an effort to keep us all safe, we will begin encouraging our children and Educators to tap their toes together in greeting instead of hugging or offering high fives.
4. Toileting Procedures
Should a child require assistance to go to the bathroom, the Educator will be expected to put on gloves as per the provincial government recommendations. Afterwards, the child will wash their hands and the Educator will dispose of the gloves in a safe manner and wash their hands.
5. Extra Handwashing
We will be supplying extra water and biodegradable soap to wash hands with during program. We will be asking all children to wash hands upon arrival, before departure, prior to snack/lunch and after toileting at minimum.
*Children must be willing to wash their hands during program.*
Use of Hand Sanitizer
Recognizing that washing hands with soap and water is the best method, sometimes this may not be possible, so whenever necessary we will use hand sanitizer for disinfecting our hands should we require to do so.
6. Shared Items
As a general rule, we have very few shared items in our programs. However, should we utilize any shared items such as but not limited to: Shovels, buckets, markers or magnifying glasses these items will be disinfected at the end of each day.
We generally have a few communal beach toys for children to share. Due to the current circumstances, we encourage parents to send their children with their own labeled beach toys. Including preferably a metal garden shovel and a sturdy bucket (like a restaurant mayonnaise bucket) to reduce the amount of brakeage. We will have extras for children that did not bring any and they will be assigned their own for the day with a label on them. All beach toys will be sanitized at the end of each day.
According to the BC Control Center for Disease, books and paper products are not known carriers of COVID-19. When necessary, we will be sharing books and paper with the children.
Should we find the need to place art supplies out such as markers or pencil crayons, we will offer each child their own set of markers to use for that activity. These markers will only be used by that child and will be disinfected after class. To reduce the chances of sharing and the amount of disinfecting necessary, if possible, we ask that parents pack their children a small bag of their own markers.
We will no longer be having snack on a large shared blanket. We will be asking that children bring a towel to sit on for snack and lunch time. We will all space out so that we are at a safe distance and can still enjoy the social, emotional, and cognitive benefits of sharing mealtimes together.
8. Masks (Children/Staff/Parents)
The BCCDC is not requiring educators or children to wear masks while in childcare settings. Personal protective equipment, such as masks and gloves are not needed in the childcare setting, beyond those used by staff as part of regular precautions for the hazards normally encountered in their regular course of work. They should only be used when all other controls have been fully explored.
In young children in particular, masks can be irritating and may lead to increased touching of the face and eyes.
Educators are not required to wear a mask during class time but may do so for their own personal comfort. Should educators begin to feel symptoms related to COVID-19 during class time, they will wear a mask to protect others in the program until they can go home. See #23 in our Health and Safety Plan
Parents are encouraged but not required to wear masks at drop off and pick up times.
We will ask that all parents or caregivers apply sunscreen to their children before coming to program. Educators will have the child re-apply their own sunscreen when possible. If they need assistance and do not have a sibling to help, the Educators will wash their hands before and after applying to each child. If you are able to supply them with spray (preferably non aerosol) sunscreen this may help with the process.
Tofino Nature Kids COVID-19 Health & Safety Plan
1. We are employing all public health, environmental, administrative, and personal measures according to the COVID-19 Public Health Care Guidance May 19, 2020.
2. Environmental measures we are taking include: organizing activities in a thoughtful and creative way that encourages space and modeling a good hand hygiene program.
3. We are performing regular cleaning and disinfection of contaminated objects and surfaces. All cleaning and disinfection is done in accordance with the BCCDC’s Cleaning and Disinfectants for Public Settings document.
4. We are cleaning with:
Enviro Care Neutral Disinfectant. D.I.N. 02130661. Active Ingredients: Didecyl dimenthyl ammonium chloride 2.54%, ammonium chloride 1.69%, Inert ingredients 95.77% for disinfecting items such as beach toys, markers and magnifying glasses. All items are allowed to air dry naturally.
5. We wear disposable gloves when cleaning blood or bodily fluids (e.g., runny nose, vomit, stool, urine) and wash hands before wearing and after removing gloves.
6. We are practicing respiratory etiquette. Children and staff are encouraged and reminded to cough or sneeze into their elbow sleeve or a tissue. We throw away used tissues and immediately perform hand hygiene.
7. The administrative measures we are taking include: establishing illness policies and clearly communicating with parents to assess their children daily for symptoms before sending them to programs. We have established policy and procedures for children and staff who become sick while at the facility. (See 20,21,22,23,24)
8. The parameters of our program being outdoors mean that we have sufficient space to support physical distancing between staff while keeping our ratio of 1:7. We will have one extra “floating” staff in case of illness.
9. When possible, we will have our educators establish smaller groups for play. This allows for more physical distance between adults and children so we can spread out.
10. Staff minimizes the frequency of direct physical contact with children and encourages children to minimize physical contact with each other.
11. Staff maintain physical distance from one another.
12. Physical distancing strategies we are implementing a Toe Tap Greeting and reminding children to find their “space bubble”.
17. Children and staff do not share food, drinks, or cups. All children’s items will be labeled with the child’s name to discourage accidental sharing.
18. Parents will consent in the registration form for educators to sign in their children and will answer a brief check list of health questions upon signing in.
19. We ask that all parents display appropriate social distancing between themselves and the educators during drop off and pick up times.
20. If a child develops symptoms while at home:
Parents or caregivers must keep their child at home until they have been assessed by a health care provider to exclude COVID-19 or other infectious diseases, or their symptoms have resolved.
21.If a child develops symptoms while at program Educators will take the following steps:
a) Identify an educator to supervise the child.
b) Identified educator should immediately separate the symptomatic child from the group but still stay within close proximity to the group until they can go home.
c) Contact the child’s parent or caregiver to pick them up right away.
d) Where possible, maintain a 2 meter distance from the ill child. If this is not possible, the educator may use a mask if available and tolerated or use a tissue to cover their nose and mouth.
e) Provide the child with tissues, and support as necessary so they can practice respiratory hygiene.
f) We will avoid touching the child’s body fluids but if assistance is required, gloves will be put on.
g) Once the child is picked up, staff will dispose of gloves safely and wash hands.
Parents or caregivers must pick up their child
22. If an educator develops symptoms at home:
Educators must be excluded from work, stay home and self-isolate until they have been assessed by a health care provider to exclude COVID-19 or other infectious diseases, AND their symptoms have resolved. If we are unable to find a substitute teacher for this duration, classes may be cancelled, and a refund issued.
23. If an educator develops symptoms at work:
They should go home right away where possible.
If unable to leave immediately, the symptomatic educator will:
1. Maintain a distance of 2 meters from others as best they can.
3. Use a tissue or mask to cover their nose and mouth for the duration of time they are in the program if they are unable to go home right away due to staffing issues.
24. All parents, caregivers, children, and educators who have symptoms of COVID-19 OR travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days OR were identified by Public Health as a close contact of a confirmed case must stay home and self-isolate.
It is vital that any person who believes that they may have become ill or their child may have become ill within 14 days of attending our program report this immediately to us by contacting Heather at 778-350-6123 or firstname.lastname@example.org and seek appropriate medical attention by first calling 8-1-1. We will share personal information for the purposes of contact tracing if the need arises.
Please do not send your child to participate in any programs if your child has:
Experienced cold or flu-like symptoms within the last 14 days;
Been in close contact with anyone else who has had these symptoms in the last 14 days; or
Been in close contact with anyone else who has travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days.
Please note: If your child is displaying symptoms of respiratory distress or illness, they will be asked not to participate.
It is vital that we all be calm and compassionate throughout this pandemic.Any person who exhibits any aggression towards our staff or any other person in one of our programs will be asked to leave and not return.
For more information regarding the risks associated with COVID-19 for children, please review the following BCCDC publications.
25. We will no longer be having snack on a large shared blanket. We will be asking that children bring a towel to sit on for snack and lunch time. We will all space out so that we are at a safe distance and can still enjoy the social, emotional and cognitive benefits of sharing meal times together.
26. We will utilize circle time spots or other visuals to help children identify their personal bubble.
27. We will teach, model and encourage a strong hand hygiene program. Children and staff will wash hands immediately upon arrival and at regular intervals before eating, after toileting, wiping nose, etc.
28. As our programs happen explicitly outdoors, we are encouraging small groups and spreading out while in session. We encourage children to find their space bubbles during their time with us.
British Columbia Ministry of Health. (2020). BC COVID- 19 Guidance for Childcare. Retrieved on May 28, 2020 from https://www.childcarecanada.org/sites/default/files/BC-covid-19-pho-guidance-childcare.pdf
Muddy Boot Prints. (2020). COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan. Retrieved June, 2020.
BC Center for Disease Control. (2020). COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for Child Care Settings. Retrieved June, 2020. https://www.childcarecanada.org/sites/default/files/BC-covid-19-pho-guidance-childcare.pdf
WorkSafeBC. (2020). Retrieved June, 2020. https://www.worksafebc.com/en/about-us/covid-19-updates/covid-19-returning-safe-operation/child-care