STAYING SAFE IN CHILD CARE DURING COVID – 19
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the mandated government shutdown, all FELS’ Centers closed on Friday March 13th, 2020. Over the course of three+ months, our staff worked tirelessly to prepare our centers to re-open safely. In late June, our six Centers opened. FELS is, and has always been, committed to the health and safety of our children, parents, and staff. Below you will see some of the protocols that we have in place as we navigate COVID-19.
Please Click Here to review the FELS Family Covid – 19 Handbook. For more information, contact the Director of the Center you are interested in or call our Central Office 215-676-7550 ext. 101 for assistance. Our Paley ELC worked with the City of Phila. Dept of Public Health to create a training video for the early childhood community on best practices for re-opening. Click here to view
Virtual tours: click here for a virtual tour of our Gutman Early Learning Center which is representative of all FELS programs. Center staff will give tours of specific classrooms virtually.
Upon entering the building, every employee, child, and parent is screened for COVID-19 symptoms. This includes temperature checks using a no touch thermometer and a brief questionnaire.
Drop off and Pick up:
Drop off: Parents bring their children to the designated area at each Center where they are screened. After a successful screening, a staff member walks each child to their classroom.
Pick up: Parents/Guardians, wearing a mask, should arrive at their pre-arranged time at the designated pick up location outside of the Center. Designated staff bring each child to their escort.
Taking precautionary measures to avoid the spread of COVID – 19 is now part of our culture. All staff wear appropriate face coverings while at our Centers. The State is now requiring children to wear masks in child care centers. Although this is a requirement, FELS understands the difficulty that comes along with this order and will not be “disciplining” children for not wearing their mask. We are working with children individually helping them to wear masks. Our teachers look for signs of discomfort and suggest a child take a “mask break” if they feel that is necessary.
Family style meals have been replaced with individual plating of food. For Centers where children bring lunch, disposable packaging is required. The number of children eating together is limited.
Cleaning and Disinfecting:
FELS follows the national standard recommended for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting in child care centers. Frequently touched surfaces including door handles, sinks, toilet handles, etc. are cleaned multiple times a day. Shared objects are cleaned and disinfected after they are used. Toys that children have placed in their mouths are put in a separate container labeled for sanitizing and disinfecting which happens 2 times a day.
All children and staff wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds(length of singing Happy birthday twice.) This is the preferred method and hand sanitizer (60% alcohol based) is also available in classrooms and throughout our buildings.