On June 9, Cook’s informed you that we will remain closed until at least June 19.
Since the Province announced on June 9 that licensed child care may re-open on Friday, June 12, Cook’s has been carefully taking the time required to plan and develop the policies, plans and training required by the Province to re-open safely. This step to re-opening continues to be a sizeable task requiring the input of the entire Cook’s team followed by approval from HKPR District Health Unit and the Ministry of Education Licensing division.
Cook’s is still attempting to secure adequate health and safety supplies to ensure that we are confident in the safety measures we are putting in place to protect the children and educators.
CHALLENGING RE-OPENING RESTRICTIONS
The Province has significantly restricted the number of children we may accept back to the centre during phase 2. The current guidelines allow us to accept less than half of our licensed capacity but increase the number of staff for additional screening and health and safety measures.
The capacity for our home child care settings remains the same, but the level of attention to heightened screening and safety measures is significant.
As a not-for-profit charitable organization, it is concerning that our financial health will be significantly pressured because of decreased revenue from parent fees and increased staff and safety expenses. The Province has indicated there will be funding to assist with expenses; however, there is not clear direction yet. The County of Northumberland is working hard to get answers and support the early learning and child care programs in our County.
The Cook’s board of directors is meeting on June 22 to discuss our re-opening and consider next steps. There is also a County meeting scheduled for next week that will hopefully provide details regarding funding support. Without funding support, our re-opening is challenged.
RE-OPENING DATE TO BE CONFIRMED
Until Cook’s is able to determine that we can maintain financial stability to ensure our service can continue for many years, the re-opening date and the impacts of the new requirements must be given careful consideration.
Special note: When we are permitted to open at full capacity, your space will be there for your child. During the time when the Province is limiting the spaces we can offer, we will follow the Province’s priority guidelines.
WHAT CAN YOU DO NOW?
Some children’s personal belongings remain in their home child care setting and cubbies at the centre. Centre families are asked to please connect with Sharon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-372-2143 to make arrangements to pick up your child’s items. Home child care families can connect with your home child care provider if you have not already done so. It is likely the sizes are no longer appropriate, or perhaps your child no longer requires diapers.
When the time comes to re-open, we must be able to distance the belongings of those children who are able to return in Phase 2.
YOUR PATIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING ARE APPRECIATED! THIS SITUATION HAS PROVEN TO BE VERY DIFFICULT FOR ALL OF US!
WE MISS EVERYONE VERY MUCH & HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON! PLEASE STAY TUNED.