Re-opening Plans: Outdoor Programming Under Consideration

October 24th update: we received Outdoor Programming Guidelines yesterday and we’re still reviewing them and thinking about how and where EECC can put them into practice. It’s a fairly long document and there are some things we want to clarify with Toronto EarlyON. No programming can take place until our staff team has taken training and our organization has submitted and received approval on a written plan.

Some key pieces of the guidelines we can share right now, with details TBA:

  • Pre-registration process
  • Screening tool and screening procedure
  • Attendance recording
  • Maximum group sizes: TBA
  • Physical distancing, strictly enforced
  • Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection
  • Requirements for the use of toys, equipment and other materials
  • Use of personal protective equipment
  • No serving of food and no food sharing
  • Procedures for washroom use
We hope to have another update next week, and a tentative start date.

We will continue to offer Virtual Programming along with any outdoor programming we’re able to offer.

Evacuation Drills

Monthly evacuation drills are a necessary inconvenience.  We are required to do them and we want to do them well because we care about your child’s, yours and our own safety.

You don’t have to love them, but if you are bringing children to our programs, you do have to participate without protest.

We expect adults attending our programs to model a positive attitude during evacuation drills, so that children feel safe while practicing these skills.  Please follow all direction from staff.  Do not collect your coat, bags and stroller.  You will be interrupted by staff and asked to cooperate if you try do this, or decide to depart the program during a drill.  If the weather is chilly, throw a coat or blanket over your child and leave the building.

Message for parents employing nannies or other caregivers

Wondering what that registration form is that you are being asked to complete? 

The form is so that we can maintain basic contact information, in case you ever need to be contacted.

Why would we be contacting you?

We would need to get in touch with you right away if there was ever an emergency involving your child, or your child’s caregiver.  We also wouldneed it in the event of an outbreak at our centres, as public health requires us to notify families when they may have been exposed to certain infectious diseases.

If you include an email address, and we hope you will, we will also send you our quarterly newsletter, and keep you informed about events and other things going on at East End Children’sCentre.

Our Famous Play Dough Recipe


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar*
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • food colouring


  1. Blend flour, salt and cream of tartar.
  2. Add oil and food colouring to water, and combine the dry & wet ingredients in a non-stick skillet,stirring well.  Mixture will be very sticky.
  3. Cook on medium heat, keeping the dough in motion so it does not burn. (It’s done when  it’s no longer sticky and the surface becomes kind of shiny)
  4. Knead while it cools.  It’s undercooked if it remains sticky or overly oily.

Cream of tartar is available in bulk food stores.Tip: many children are sensitive to artificial dyes. Natural dyes can be made from foods such as beet juice, blueberries and raspberries.