We’re OPEN for in-person programs!

Updated Sept 20/21
Our current schedule: September 2021 Schedule.docx (7)

We’ve had a very successful re-opening of our indoor programs at Kimbourne! There are a great many guidelines and protocols we’ve introduced for the first time. 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!

  • Distancing will be required while waiting outside prior to the program opening, and while entering.
  • Screening of every adult and child arriving will happen 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.
  • 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 will be 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 vaccinated against COVID-19. 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.
  • Leave all toys at home please.
  • Washroom/diaper changing occupancy is one person or family group at a time.
  • Marked bins will be placed around the room for toys that need to be sanitized. We ask parents and caregivers to support their children in getting into the routine of putting toys they’re done with into these bins.
  • 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 all love Circle Time, but singing indoors is not a best practice, so will endeavor to end each session with an OUTDOOR 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.

Baby Time at Kimbourne!!

Soooo many babies were born during the pandemic and we’re excited to meet them all! Reinstating our Baby Time program, and responding to the needs of families with new babies is a priority for us. This program is minimally structured as we’ve found the parents prefer an informal hangout to a more structured approach. A few details…

  • We love babies but can not hold them for you currently as we are practicing physical distancing.
  • Our play area is quite large, so spread out and do your best to help your child stay 2 meters from others.
  • Older siblings over the age of 15 months can not be accommodated at the Indoor Baby Time program, but can be in our Tuesday afternoon Baby Time program, which is outdoors.
  • Adults are expected to wear masks at all times.
  • Washroom/diaper changing room occupancy is limited to one family at a time.
  • Used diapers go home with you. We provide bags.
  • There are hand sanitization stations around the room.
  • There are toy sanitization bins around the room. Please put toys in this bin when your child is done with them or if they have been in a child’s mouth.
  • Drool and spit up happen! Please ask our staff to assist in clean up as needed.
  • We won’t be singing indoors, but if the weather is good, we can end the program with a circle time on the lawn.

 

Outdoor Programming Updates!

Updated September 11th

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.
  • 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. They are sanitized after each use and there are labelled containers for toys to be sanitized after children have played with them. 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. Where are when will updates be provided?
A. Updates will be provided in our newslettter every Sunday and on our Facebook page.
Q. Will washrooms and diaper changing facilities be available?
A. Yes.
Q. What happens when it rains?
A. As long as there’s no lightening, we’ll be out there with raincoats and umbrellas, having fun!

 

Virtual Programming Is Winding Down as Outdoor Programming Begins!

Updated June 27th

Outdoor Programming began the week of July 5th and Indoor Programs are coming. Register here!

Live Sessions on Zoom and Instagram will be suspended for now, pending the ongoing evolution of in-person programming. EECC’s YouTube Channel will remain available with songs, stories, activities in English, ASL, French, Mandarin, Cantonese and Bengali!

Call us at 416-469-0495. Our staff are available to talk on the phone! Leave us a voicemail and we will return your call. Languages available are English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Bengali.

Contact us at eecc@rogers.com to sign up for our weekly newsletter, which rolls up all our virtual programming links from the previous week and offers information on topics of interest to families. May 3  May 10  May 17  May 24  June 7  June 14  June 21 June 28  July 5th  July 12th  July 19th  July 26

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.