Our Programs!

Updated Nov 20th, 2021
Our current schedule:December 2021 Schedule.docx

We’ve had a very successful re-opening of our indoor programs at our Kimbourne and Terry Fox sites! There are a great many guidelines and protocols we’ve introduced for the first time and others we adapt based on public health guidance. Our staff have thought long and hard about best practices for making our programs accessible and safe while maintaining the high quality our community is accustomed to. Our linktree helps you get registered! Registration Tips

  • At every indoor visit, all adults must show proof of full Covid vaccination (second dose 15+ days ago) with a scannable Ministry of Health QR code, printed on paper or displayed on a smart phone, with photo ID. You can get your personal QR code here
  • Distancing is required while waiting outside prior to the program opening, while entering and participating in programs.
  • Screening of every adult and child arriving happens at the door. Please note that Toronto Public Health has amended their screen, indicating that children with runny noses and no other symptoms do not require a COVID test, but that our internal policies continue to exclude people with runny noses (unless it is consistent with their baseline) until their symptom have been resolved for 24 hours.
  • Please also note that if you are symptomatic based on the screening tools and have a negative Covid-19 test, you still need to stay away from programs until your symptoms are gone.
  • People who are not registered will be turned away unless the program is not at capacity. Please don’t bring extra people who are not registered.
  • at our Kimbourne site, room capacity is set at 25 people including staff. This is based on the fact that our room is very large, and our experience with how families use our space, which normally accommodates over 80 people easily. At staff discretion, we may DECREASE capacity for some programs.
  • Capacity at our Terry Fox site is 12 people, including staff, as the room is small.
  • We are experimenting with stroller parking stalls at Kimbourne, to eliminate the notorious congestion in the stroller room and make distanced arrivals and departures easier. Parents and caregivers who are able to lock their stroller to the railing up on the lawn are encouraged to do so. Leaving strollers on the ramps is never permitted.
  • Strollers must be parked outside the entrance at our Terry Fox site.
  • We ask parents and caregivers to support their children in physical distancing, including observing caps on the number of children who can use our fabulous climber at one time.
  • Masking is required for adults. Children over two are required to do their best with masking. Contact us if your child needs an exemption.
  • Hand sanitizing is required when arriving and leaving, as well as before and after the following: eating, using play dough and sand, and attending to respiratory hygiene such as nose wiping/blowing, and using the washroom/diaper changing.
  • We encourage everyone who is eligible to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as this is the most effective way to protect children who can not be vaccinated. We also request that participants refrain from asking others to disclose their vaccination status, since health care information is private.
  • As always, do not bring hot drinks into our programs.
  • Label items like water bottles to avoid accidental mix ups. Please don’t leave them unattended in the program.
  • Leave all toys at home please.
  • Washroom/diaper changing occupancy is one person or family group at a time.
  • Marked bins are placed around the room for toys that need to be sanitized. These are for toys that have been in a child’s mouth, and need to be removed from play.
  • Public Health guidelines now permit sensory items such as play dough and sand. We will offer these with enhanced hand hygiene: all children and adults must clean their hands before participating in these activities. Play dough will be single use, so you are welcome to take it home with you, otherwise give it to staff to dispose of it when you are done.
  • Table activities and snack happen at a table assigned to you. Please don’t bring toys to your assigned table.
  • We can provide snack or you can bring your own nut-free snack.
  • We have introduced Circle Time back into our programs! Please ensure distancing during Circle Time.
  • And YES, Our Kimbourne site, including our washroom, is wheel-chair/mobility device accessible. Our Terry Fox site is physically accessible as well, but since it is a school, we recommend contacting us at eecc@rogers.com to discuss the best way to access the building. We can also provide adult and child noise defenders on request.
  • Both our sites have high capacity air purifiers running during programs. All toys and equipment are sanitized between programs.

 

Outdoor Programming Updates!

Updated November 29th, 2021

Check out our Linktree for more information about all that’s going on at EECC!

Outdoor Programming varies a little, week by week, as our operations evolve.
  • Location: front lawn of Kimbourne Park United Church, 200 Wolverleigh Blvd.
  • Limited schedule now that winter has arrived and the demand for outdoor programs has diminished.
  • Participants must pre-screen and pre-register each adult and child who will attend a session
  • Adult screening questionnaire: Screening Adult TPH
  • Child screening questionnaire: Screening-child-TPH (please note that while Toronto Public Health has amended this screen and no longer requires a Covid test for children with runny noses, our internal protocol remains that children with runny noses are excluded unless it is consistent with their baseline, until symptoms are resolved for 24 hours.
  • Register
  • We ask that all registered participants keep their commitment to attending programs unless they are sick or their health screening status changes.

 

Outdoor Programming Q & A

Q: What happens during outdoor programming?
A: Our staff bring toys that are suitable for outdoor play out onto the lawn. These include small toddler slides, hockey & soccer nets, vehicles, sidewalk chalk, books, etc. Now that winter has arrived, we’re looking at new equipment options. Items are sanitized after each program. Screening for each person is required on arrival, hands must be cleaned and participants are required to be socially distanced from people who are not in their family or caregiving group.
Q: Is it OK for families to arrive late or leave early?
A: Absolutely! We’re here for you, so come when it works, within the scheduled hours.
Q. Will masks be required?
A. As of September 3rd, EarlyON Operating Guidelines from the Ministry of Education have dropped the masking requirement for outdoor programs.
Q. Will washrooms and diaper changing facilities be available?
A. Yes.
Q. is this an all-weather program?
A. As of the end of November, we’re still offering some outdoor programming. We’re waiting to see if the demand diminishes as the temperatures drop and the snow arrives. Please contact us to request outdoor programs on as as-needed basis and we will do our best to work with you.

 

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

Ingredients

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

Directions

  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.