We understand that some families are ready and prepared to return to childcare, while others are hesitant. We appreciate and respect the decisions of each of our families. We can’t wait to see you all, at a time that is right for everyone.
I wanted to share Kids & Us’ tentative time line for reopening of our childcare centres. After reviewing the Provincial Re-opening Guidelines we now know that our programs will look different, and guidelines from Local Public Health may mean further changes. At this time, EarlyON Centres will remain closed however established virtual programs will continue.
The week of June 22, staff will start training and orientation to prepare to welcome children and families back starting July 6, 2020. We are taking this time to ensure that staff, as well as families, are confident and comfortable with these new policies, procedures and protocols. Please note that this is a tentative guideline. Any number of factors could delay the reopening.
At this time, I want to share that all programs upon re-opening will be for Full Time Registrations only. (Monday to Friday) Due to Provincial cohort and staff requirements, we have no opportunity at this time to accept Part Time Registrations. In addition, our Summer School Age Program hours will be reduced to 8:00am to 4:00pm, there will be no extended care available. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, however strictly adhering to the Re-Opening guidelines to keep everyone safe and healthy is our priority.
We will do our very best to be transparent and provide updates as they are known and potential impacts to families.
Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.
You may have heard that the Premier announced that licensed child cares will be able to re-open on Friday. See full release here. Kids & Us is not able to re-open on Friday June 12th, we must wait for re-opening guidelines from the Province and local Public Health.
As we continue to plan and prepare for what re-opening of our programs might look like, we may get more answers today. It has been reported that in Premier’s Ford Announcement today, he will reveal more information on child care guidelines for reopening. This is welcome news, as we know that we will need lead time to prepare for reopening. Recalling and training staff then carefully preparing the environment will take time.
Public Health has provided many resources and best practices that we will implement in order to keep our centres safe for everyone. While we don’t know for sure what our programs will look like, it’s safe to say they will look different. We will be providing more information to families ASAP so that we can share our plan to do our very best to keep everyone safe.
In the meantime, Public Health has distributed information on regional reopening. I’ve attached their publications for you here.