Package for Parents
Package for Home Child Care Providers
Package for Centre Staff
Package for Visitors

Cook’s Welcomes You!

We are very happy to welcome you to our early learning & child care programs!

Cook’s is dedicated to providing our service in the safest possible manner to protect the children and our educators in our programs. With the ongoing support and advice of HKPR District Health Unit, our Ministry of Education Program Advisor, and the County of Northumberland Early Years Team, Cook’s is confident in the steps that have been taken. Cook’s will continue to respond to any new directions given to ensure that the most current measures are being followed as required.

COVID-19 Information

Our website is updated as new information is received. All families will be given online access to the new policies and required protocols. The new measures include individual daily health screening (parent & guardians, children, educators visitors) prior to admittance to the program and new intense cleaning and disinfecting measures. Please take the time to learn what is expected when enrolled or working in our programs.

Current Health Unit Information – Mar 2, 2021

Please access the HKPR District Health Unit’s current information relating to COVID-19 and Daycares, last revised on Mar 2, 2021. The links for online screening are also available there.

My Child Did Not Pass the COVID-19 Daily Screening. Now What?

COVID-19 Protocol for Individuals with Symptoms

COVID-19 Return to School or Child Care: Protocol for Employees/Visitors

Return to School or Child Care

 

Parent & Guardians – Before Starting Care in Our Programs

You are required to do the following before your child can be admitted to the program location:

  1. Complete and return the COVID-19 Parent Agreement, found in the “Package for Parents”.
  2. Confirm your schedule with Cook’s.

Centre Before & After School Program Update

The before- and after-school program is not available for the 2020/2021 school year. It will resume when Cook’s feels confident that we can do so in the safest manner possible. Cook’s chooses not to rush our decisions. As with each step we have taken, we will carefully take the time to confidently move forward.

Who May Enter Our Programs at this Time?

ONLY educators (centre staff/home child care providers), children, and authorized visitors (special needs resource people, delivery, maintenance) will be granted access inside the homes/centre at this time.

Parents/guardians will not be granted access inside the homes or centre at this time. Please knock or ring the doorbell upon arrival to announce your arrival. A screener will attend to you as soon as possible.

Daily Screening

Effective Monday, April 5 it will be mandatory for you to show the results of your child passing the online screening tool before entry will be permitted. 

The link for the online screening tool is available here.  You may:

  • show a paper copy or the results on your phone/tablet to the Cook’s screener at the entrance.
  • email the results to cooks.home@cooksdaycare.ca (home child care families) or vic.park@cooksdaycare.ca (centre families) before your child arrives at the door.
  • use our sanitized iPad upon arrival, if necessary.  You may need to wait if there is a lineup of families waiting to enter.

Health & Safety First
We are providing a couple of days notice to allow you time to be sure that anyone who may be dropping off your child is prepared and fully aware of this requirement.

Reminders for EVERY Day Your Child Attends  

  • The Cook’s screener cannot welcome your child into the program until their screening results have been viewed. 
  • Only children and educators are permitted inside the door at this time.

Thanks to the many families who have already been providing screening proof.  Appreciated!

  • Parents & guardians & children: Every parent and guardian are responsible for ensuring their child and the child’s drop-off person have screened and passed the Ministry of Education child online screener & adult online screener EVERY DAY the child attends childcare. Proof that the screening has been completed must be provided, as above.
  • Visitors: Must complete and pass the Ministry of Education online screener EVERY DAY before they visit the centre- or home-based program. Visitors are required to provide proof that screening is completed and passed. Each day they will be asked if online screening has been completed, passed, and emailed, and if there are any symptoms present. The administrative staff will confirm receipt of and print the results for the record binder.
    • Visiting the centre: The results must be emailed immediately to park@cooksdaycare.ca or printed and presented upon arrival.
    • Visiting a home setting: The results must be emailed immediately to the ECE Consultant/Home Visitor, home@cooksdaycare.ca.
  • Educators: (Includes all Centre Staff, Home Child Providers, and Anyone Ordinarily Resident in the Home Child Care Setting)
    • Home: Each day, BEFORE accepting children into the home, the home child care provider and anyone ordinarily resident in the home must complete and pass the Ministry of Health online screener. The results must be emailed immediately to the ECE Consultant/Home Visitor, cooks.home@cooksdaycare.ca. The ECE Consultant/Home Visitor will confirm receipt of and print the results for the record binder. Care may be provided only if screening is passed. Home child care providers must connect with the ECE Consultant/Home Visitor immediately if screening is not passed.
    • Centre: Each day, BEFORE entering the centre (at home before work is advised), every staff person must complete and pass the Ministry of Health online screener. The results must be emailed immediately to vic.park@cooksdaycare.ca or printed and presented upon arrival. The administrative staff will confirm receipt of and print the results for the record binder. Staff may enter only if screening is passed. Staff must connect with the Centre Supervisor immediately if screening is not passed. If admittance is permitted, staff will use the west door entrance, and confirm in the record book that: screening has been completed and passed and the results provided to the Centre Supervisor (emailed or paper copy). Be sure to use hand sanitizer before and after using the recording pen provided.

If Your Child is Granted Admittance for the Day

  • At drop off, if your child is healthy, and screening is completed, the home provider or a staff member will meet you at the front entrance and escort your child inside to their activity area.
  • At the end of each day, when you arrive at your program, you may wish to call the home/centre phone number to possibly reduce your wait time.
  • The home provider or a centre staff member will escort your child to the front entrance where you can pick them up.
  • Please allow extra time for both drop off and pick up. We will do our best to minimize your wait times.

Personal Protective Equipment & Other Safety Measures

  • Parents & Guardians & Visitors
    • Must wear a face covering/mask:
      • when approaching the entrance to the childcare program.
      • when in line waiting to approach the screener area at the entrance.
    • Must maintain physical distancing (6-feet or 2-metres) from others while waiting in line to be screened and when leaving the screening area.
    • Must be familiar with the COVID-19 – PLAN FOR SICK CHILDREN & ADULTS.
  • Educators (Includes all Centre Staff, Home Child Providers, and Anyone Ordinarily Resident in the Home Child Care Setting)
    • Must wear a medical mask and eye protection at all times when physical distancing (6-feet or 2-metres) cannot be maintained.
    • Must notify the applicable home- or centre-based supervisor or the executive director if feeling sick or starting to experience symptoms while at work.The COVID-19 – PLAN FOR SICK CHILDREN & ADULTS will be followed.
    • Must make every effort to maintain physical distancing (6-feet or 2-metres) from others while working.

Thanks for Your Patience & Understanding

We understand what a difficult time this has been for everybody. We want to assure you that the health, safety and wellbeing of children, families, staff, and home providers is an ongoing priority for us. We are committed to supporting families and we are excited about welcoming our Cook’s family back into our programs.

Questions?

Call 905-372-2143 or email:

Parents

Families must review the details in the package before starting care.

If you require or prefer a hard copy of any of the Covid-19 information, please let us know.

The Package for Parents includes:

  • Covid-19 Policy & Supporting Documents
    • It is particularly important to read COVID-19 Plan for Sick Children, Educators, or Parents with Possible COVID-19 or Exposure to COVID-19
  • Parent Agreement Form
    • Must be completed and returned to Cook’s office before your child’s first day into care.
  • Parent & Child Daily Screening Form
    • Daily screening, including temperature check, is completed by a Cook’s screener at the entrance to your program.
  • Resources
Get the Package for Parents

Home Child Care Providers

The Information Package for Home Child Care Providers includes:

  • Covid-19 Policy & Supporting Documents
  • Covid-19 Policy & Training Sign-Off
  • Resources & Training Materials
Get the Package for Home Child Care Providers

Centre Staff

The Information Package for Centre Staff includes:

  • Covid-19 Policy & Supporting Documents
  • Covid-19 Policy & Training Sign-Off
  • Resources & Training Materials
Get the Package for Centre Staff

Visitors

The Information Package for Visitors includes:

  • Visitors’ Daily Requirements
  • Visitor Screening Checklist
Get the Package for Visitors