COVID-19 Updates

Closures

Effective Monday, April 19th, Good Beginnings’ Before and After School Age Programs will be closed until students return to in-school learning.

To view Good Beginnings Enhanced COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

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To view the Ministry’s COVID-19 Self-Screening Tool for Schools and Child Cares

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To view Public Health’s COVID-19 Quick Reference Guide for Schools and Child Care

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To view the Ministry of Education Operational Guidance During COVID-19 Outbreak Document

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To view the Ministry of Education Before and After School Programs Kindergarten-Grade 6 Document

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April 13, 2021

Yesterday, the Ontario Government announced that due to increasing community transmission and the rise of COVID-19 cases, schools will be returning to teacher-led remote learning when students return from the April break on April 19, 2021. There was no date provided by the government for when students will return to in-school learning.

We would like to share how this announcement will impact Good Beginnings’ families and staff during this time.

CHILD CARE CENTRES

(Algonquin Child Care Centre, Community Complex Child Care Centre, Oxford Garden Child Care Centre, Parkside Child Care Centre)

• ALL Good Beginnings Child Care Centres will continue to remain open

• Absences will be billed as per usual billing guidelines

SCHOOL-AGE PROGRAMS

Effective Monday, April 19th

• Before and After School-Age Programs will be closed

• Families will not be billed and your space(s) will be held

• All fees already billed in April will be credited to your Good Beginnings’ account

• Any credits in your account will be applied to future billing, or you may contact Jennifer at jenniferd@goodbeginningsday.com to arrange for a refund cheque, if applicable

Before and After School-Age Programs will re-open when in-school learning resumes.

We would also like to bring to your attention that the government is offering Emergency Child Care for Essential Workers. At this time, we do not have any information regarding if any programs are being offered in Oxford County. We will provide information when we receive it.

We remain grateful for your continued cooperation and patience during these challenging times.

February 23, 2021

The government has recently made revisions to several health and safety measures in the fight against COVID-19, and as a result, additional guidance has been provided. Building upon existing health protocols, the following measures have now been put into place, specifically:

1. Updated Provincial Online COVID-19 Screening Tool for Children in School and Child Care; and New Isolation Requirements for Household Members

2. Masking Requirements

3. Asymptomatic Testing

1. Provincial Online COVID-19 Screening Tool for Children in School and Child Care and New Isolation Requirements for Household Members

The government has recently made changes to the provincial COVID-19 screening criteria and new isolation requirements for household members. These changes include:

• All children, staff and visitors with any ONE new or worsening symptom of COVID-19, as indicated by the Provincial COVID-19 Screening tool, must stay home, and

• ALL household contacts of symptomatic individuals must also stay home and quarantine

More direction and information can be found by reviewing the Provincial COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening tool and the updated Decision Tool for Parents and Caregivers at the following websites:

COVID-19 Screening for Schools and Child Cares

Decision Tool for Parents and Caregivers

All children, parents/guardians, staff and visitors are required to screen daily for symptoms of COVID-19.

In addition, Good Beginnings will continue to actively screen all individuals daily before entry into a child care centre or school age program.

2. Masking Requirements

We have previously shared that masking is now mandatory for all children in grades 1 – 12 and encouraged for younger children (aged 2 to SK), subject to reasonable exceptions. We thank all families for supporting their children in wearing their masks and following the appropriate health and safety practices for children who cannot wear masks in those rare medical cases. We would like to share a resource sheet from Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital – it contains additional resources to help support all children in the wearing of masks.

3. Asymptomatic Testing

The Ministry of Education has mandated the implementation of targeted asymptomatic testing – for students and staff attending school – and it is expected to also include children and staff from child care centres located in schools.

Currently, plans are being developed to determine criteria, timelines, and consent protocols for this testing.

More information will be provided to families as it becomes available, including relevant consent form information.

Thank you for your continued partnership as we work together to keep our children, staff and community members healthy and safe.

February 12, 2021

Yesterday, the Ministry of Education announced that March Break was postponed until the week of April 12th- April 16th.

In light of this announcement, we also received information regarding Southwestern Public Health’s requirements for offering full day programs. Their guidance remains the same as it did during the Winter Break.

Southwestern Public Health continues to advise that a program must NOT mix cohorts of children within a school and/or from other schools. This guidance remains consistent and supports the recommendations of the Ministry of Education’s Operational Guidance Document and School Board Policies.

As a result of this direction, we will be UNABLE to offer programs on:

• March 5th (PA Day)

• April 5th (Easter Monday)

• April 12th – 16th (March Break)

We understand that this cautious approach is necessary for the health and safety of all of us; we thank you for your continued efforts, as we all work together, to keep our community safe.

Take care, and stay healthy!

January 28, 2021

Today, the Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce, announced that students will be returning to in-class learning on Monday, February 1st. This will also include Before and After School programs resuming operations.

Before and After School Programs

– On Monday, February 1st, Good Beginnings Before and After School programs will resume operations

– The billing of fees will also resume at this time

Emergency Child Care

– For those families currently accessing ‘emergency child care’, please be advised that ‘emergency child care’ programs will end on January 29th.

Ontario Governments’ Health and Safety Requirements

– All children in grades one (1) and above will be required to wear non-medical masks or face coverings while inside a child care centre or school age program, including hallways.

– All children in grades one (1) and above, while outdoors, will be required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering when a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained.

– Parents and guardians are reminded to complete the daily health screening for their children for symptoms of illness every day before leaving home and should not attend child care or school age programs if they do not pass their daily screening. The online screening tool can be found at: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

– Families are also reminded to follow Southwestern Public Health’s Decision Tool for Parents if their child fails their daily screening. The decision tool can be found at: https://www.swpublichealth.ca/en/resourcesGeneral/COVID-19-Resources/Decision-Tool-for-Parents.pdf

– Additionally, all individuals upon arrival to a Good Beginnings’ child care centre or school age program will be ‘actively’ screened, which includes temperature checks for children, before entry. We thank families for remaining with their children during the entire screening process and for their continued patience and cooperation.

As we receive additional information and details from the Thames Valley District School Board, London District Catholic School Board and Ministry of Education, we will provide updates to you.

We ask that you please take a moment to review our revised Enhanced Health and Safety COVID-19 Policies and Procedures document on our website – COVID-19 Updates at Good Beginnings Enhanced COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

Thank you for your continued commitment to helping keep our children, families, staff and community healthy and safe.

January 25, 2021

Today, we received information that the Ministry of Education has expanded the list of those individuals eligible for Emergency Child Care for school-aged children.

Effective Wednesday, January 27, 2021, amendments to Ontario Regulation 82/20 under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 have expanded eligibility to offer support to a broader range of individuals providing critical services. This expansion includes:

• Individuals working in fuel distribution and oil refineries;

• Education staff who are required to report to work in person while their children continue with remote learning;

• Grocery store and pharmacy workers;

• Truck drivers;

• Farmers and those who support food or agricultural product supply chains;

• Individuals involved in waste collection, storage, processing, recycling; and

• Individuals working in the manufacturing and distribution of disinfectants and sanitizers.

A complete listing can be found on the Ministry’s website.

January 24, 2021

We have received information that the YMCA will be operating an ‘Emergency Child Care’ site within Woodstock, effective Monday January 25, 2021. This will be located at Southside School – 360 Albert Street. The hours of operation will be 7:00 am- 6:00 pm.

‘Emergency Child Care’ (ECC) program is for eligible workers with school-aged children. The Ministry of Education has implemented the ECC program for those who meet the eligibility criteria. The list of eligible workers can be found at https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-provincewide-shutdown#section-9

Chelsea Doughty is the Director for this site and may be contacted at chelsea.doughty@swo.ymca.ca or 519-854-9026. Families are asked to contact Chelsea directly to apply for a spot.

We will continue to share information as we receive it.

January 21, 2021

Yesterday, the Ontario Government announced, that students in our region will not be returning to in-classroom learning on Monday, January 25th.

Good Beginnings’ School-Age Programs will remain closed until in-classroom learning resumes. We do not have any information as to when schools will re-open, but we will provide updates as soon as we receive them.

CHILD CARE CENTRES

(Algonquin Child Care Centre, Community Complex Child Care Centre, Oxford Garden Child Care Centre, Parkside Child Care Centre)

• ALL Good Beginnings Child Care Centres will continue to remain open

• Absences will be billed as per usual billing guidelines

SCHOOL-AGE PROGRAMS

• Before and After School-Age Programs remain closed

• Families will not be billed and your space(s) will be held

The Ministry of Education will continue to implement a targeted ‘Emergency Child Care’ program for those families who meet the eligibility criteria. As soon as we have any information regarding available programs in our area, we will inform families.

We continue to value the cooperation and commitment of all families during these times. We appreciate your patience when waiting with your children during our in-depth enhanced screening process; your commitment to everyone’s safety when wearing your masks and keeping your social distance from other families, and we are deeply appreciative of the kindness and respect you have shown to our staff and to each other. We are grateful to all of our children, their families and our staff during these very exceptional times.

We will continue to share information as we receive it.

January 8, 2021

Yesterday, in the Ontario Government’s announcement, they shared information regarding an ‘Emergency Child Care’ (ECC) program for eligible families with school-aged children. The Ministry of Education will be implementing a targeted ECC program for those who meet the eligibility criteria. The list of eligible workers can be found at https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-provincewide-shutdown#section-9

We have confirmed that within Oxford County, the YMCA will be operating ‘Emergency Child Care’ at Annandale School in Tillsonburg.

Hours of operation will be 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., starting Monday, January 11, 2021.

For more information or to register for ECC, please contact Becky Esseltine directly.

Becky can be reached by email at becky.esseltine@swo.ymca.ca or by telephone at 226-926-4431.

Please take care, and stay healthy!

January 7, 2021

Today, the Ontario Government announced that due to increasing community transmission and the rise of COVID-19 cases, it is extending teacher-led online learning for students. Elementary school students in Southern Ontario are scheduled to return to in-school learning on Monday, January 25, 2021.

We would like to share how this announcement will impact Good Beginnings’ families and staff during this time.

CHILD CARE CENTRES (Algonquin Child Care Centre, Community Complex Child Care Centre, Oxford Garden Child Care Centre, Parkside Child Care Centre)

January 11th – January 25th

• ALL Good Beginnings Child Care Centres will continue to remain open

• Absences will be billed as per usual billing guidelines

SCHOOL-AGE PROGRAMS

January 11th – January 24th

• Before and After School-Age Programs will be closed

• Families will not be billed and your space(s) will be held

Monday, January 25th

• Before and After School-Age Programs will resume

We understand that this is a challenging time, and many children, families and staff are experiencing increased feelings of anxiety and isolation. Southwestern Public Health has Mental Health and Wellbeing information, tools and resources available on their website. We invite you to review them in hopes that you may find them of value.

We would also like to bring to your attention that the government is offering financial support for families during this temporary remote learning period through the Support for Learners program.

Good Beginnings’ priority continues to be the health and safety of our children, families, staff and community partners. We believe that it is essential that together, we continue to follow all public health guidelines and safety measures, as we continue working to keep each other safe.

We remain grateful for your continued cooperation and patience during these challenging times.

December 15, 2020

Today we received direction from Southwestern Public Health regarding Winter Care and PA Days.

Southwestern Public Health advised that a program must NOT mix cohorts of children within a school and/or from other schools. This guidance remains consistent with the Ministry of Education’s Operational Guidance Document, as well as with past and the current direction we have received from Southwestern Public Health.

As a result of this direction, we will be unable to provide the School Age Winter Camp or PA Day programs.

We thank you for your patience as we waited for this direction to arrive. We will continue to keep you informed of any updates/directions as we receive them.

Take care, and stay healthy!

December 10, 2020

We wanted to provide you with an update regarding the Winter Break program, as we understand that this information is very important for families and their planning.

Unfortunately, we have not yet received direction from the Ministry of Education or Southwestern Public Health regarding the opportunity to offer programming during the Winter Break.

We would also like to bring to your attention that if approval to run a program is given, but the direction includes restrictions to the mixing of cohorts – restricted to only those children that already attend the before and after school program at that site, then logistically, we would be unable to offer a Winter Break program as we only have permission to offer programing at one school.

With that in mind, we encourage families to make alternate care arrangements during the Winter Break.

We assure you that as soon as we receive any information, we will share it with you; we continue to be grateful for your support and patience during this time.

November 26, 2020

As we have previously shared, we have received updates to the Operational Guidance Document from the Ministry of Education and new direction and guidance from Southwestern Public Health. As such, we have made updates to our Enhanced Health and Safety COVID-19 Policies.

We wanted to ensure you had the opportunity to review the updates. The Enhanced Health and Safety COVID-19 Policies are posted as are the Ministry’s Screening Tool for Schools and Child Cares and Southwestern Public Health’s Decision Tool for Parents/Caregivers.

Overview of Revisions

“Updated clarifications to the description of masking and eye protection requirements to distinguish between the requirements for staff/providers, parents or other adults, children in grade 4 and above, and younger children (grade 3 and under) (see section: Use of Masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE))

“Revised use of masks to include reasonable exceptions. (see section: “Reasonable Exceptions to the Wearing of Masks and Face Shields/Goggles)

“Updated guidance on the record keeping including attendance records for staff (see section: Screening for Possible Symptoms of COVID-19 and Attendance Records)

“Updated guidance on cleaning where an individual is suspected of having COVID-19 (see section: Protocols when a Child or Staff Shows Symptoms of Illness or Becomes Ill)

“Revised guidance on reporting serious occurrences (see section: Serious Occurrence Reporting)

“Revised definition of an outbreak in a child care centre/school age program (see section: Outbreak Management)

“Addition of Communication and Confidentiality (see section Communication and Confidentiality)

“Revised guidance to remove the requirement to clean and disinfect outdoor play structures between each group and instead focus on proper hand hygiene (see section: Outdoor Play)

“Provision of Special Needs Resources (SNR) Services (see section: “Provision of Special Needs Resources (SNR) Services)

We will continue to provide updates as we receive them.

October 30, 2020

As we get closer to the winter season, we wanted to share important information regarding the School Age Winter Break program.

Good Beginnings’ Enhanced Health and Safety COVID-19 Policies have been updated to reflect these most recent changes.

Given our current COVID-19 reality, the considerations are those of safety for children, families and staff. Current COVID-19 safety protocols restrict the mixing of cohort groups. The Winter Break program; however, would have school age children and Educators from multiple cohort groups mixing together.

At this time, neither the Ministry of Health nor Southwestern Public Health have provided any decisions as to whether these programs will be allowed to operate.

With that in mind, we would suggest that families make alternate care arrangements for their children during the Winter Break.

In the event we are permitted to offer “limited” care, we would like to be prepared and to understand individual family needs during this time. As such, we ask families that would be interested in registering their children for the Winter Break program, if it were to operate, to contact Assistant School Age Supervisor Julie Laginskie. Families will be placed on a ‘waitlist’ and notified if programs can be offered.

Dates of Winter Care will be December 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 28th, 29th, 30th.

Please contact Julie if you would like to be placed on the waitlist. Julie can be reached at: julie@goodbeginningsday.com or 519-290-0233 ext.230.

We ask that you please respond to Julie by Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

We again, thank you for your continued cooperation and we will continue to share information as we receive it.

October 7, 2020

Recently, the Ministry of Health updated their COVID-19 symptom list and language for school and child care screening. As a result, changes have been made to the Provincial online COVID-19 Screening Tool for Children in School and Child Care. COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool 

Both the Ministry of Education and Southwestern Public Health have recommended that parents/guardians and child care centres use the revised provincial COVID-19 Screening Tool for their daily COVID-19 health self-assessment. The revised tool provides direction based on the results of the assessment.

The screening tool can be used by a student, parents/guardians on behalf of a student/child, employee or essential visitor. The person who is completing the screening selects the appropriate screening option and will be automatically directed to the suitable screening page. The following link will take you directly to the Ministry’s COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening tool. COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool

The most notable changes to the screening tool are specifically related to the screening of students and children. For students and children, the screening tool will now have two sets of questions about symptoms that may yield different next steps depending on which symptoms are selected:

• The first set of questions asks about symptoms such as fever or persistent cough. Students and children with any of these symptoms will still be advised to stay home until they are able to consult with a medical provider and receive an alternative diagnosis or a negative COVID-19 test

• The second set of questions asks about other symptoms that are commonly associated with other illnesses, such as a runny nose or headache:

o Students and children with only one of these symptoms will be advised to stay home for at least 24 hours, after which they can return to school/child care if their symptoms are improving.

o Students and children with two or more of these symptoms will be advised to stay home until they are able to consult with a medical provider and receive an alternative diagnosis or a negative COVID-19 test.

In addition, the symptom list – for students and children only – no longer includes abdominal pain or conjunctivitis (pink eye).

This newly revised COVID-19 Screening Tool is to be used as a guide and is not meant to diagnose a medical condition. Please consult a health care provider or Southwestern Public Health for advice or if you have medical questions.

We will continue to review and update our Enhanced Policies to reflect the most current information from public health and will keep you informed of these changes.

September 10, 2020

As we move into fall, return to larger numbers at our child care centres and re-open our school age programs, we are pleased to share that we have revised our COVID-19 Health Screening Policies and Protocols. This new screening policy will help us to provide a more efficient drop off for families and their children.

Recent recommendations by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education supported moving to a revised COVID-19 self-screening model. We have been working on revisions these last couple of weeks and are pleased to share that we have received approval from Southwestern Public Health to move forward with them.

Beginning Monday, September 14, 2020, all Good Beginnings’ families and staff will be completing a Daily COVID-19 Health Self-Assessment prior to arriving to a child care centre and/or school age program.

This daily self-screening health assessment will be complemented by a reminder from our onsite screening/greeting Educators who will confirm with you that you have:

– Completed your daily COVID-19 self-screening prior to your arrival at the child care centre and/or school age program

– Answered ‘NO’ to all of the questions COVID-19 health screening questions

– Acknowledged that all children and/or persons in your child’s household are in good health

We will continue to keep you updated.

September 1, 2020

Recently, we forwarded to all families, the revised Ministry of Education ‘Operational Guidance During COVID-19 Outbreak Child Care Re-Opening’ document. Within this document were new guidelines that came into effect on September 1st. Today, all staff working within our child care centres were wearing medical masks and eye protection as per the new guidelines. The same requirements will also be in effect for Educators within our Before and After School Program when it begins.

Good Beginnings’ Enhanced Health and Safety COVID-19 Policies have been updated to reflect these most recent changes. Both documents contain detailed information and are on our website.

Also, for those families whose children will soon be attending Good Beginnings’ Before and/or After School programs, School Age Supervisors and Assistant School Age Supervisors are currently in conversations with Principals of all schools; discussing back to school protocols and details. As soon as we have more information, we will share it with families.

August 27, 2020

Today, we received information that the London District Catholic School Board has also revised their Return to School Plan. The first day of school will be Monday, September 14th, and it will include a staggered entry for all children. These changes will impact the start of Good Beginnings’ Before and After School programs.

As a result of the new date of September 14th and the staggered entry to school, families will need to make alternate child care arrangements during the weeks of September 8th and September 14th. Families will be notified by their schools in the coming days. Information is also available on the London District Catholic School Board website.

We are continuing to have conversations with the London District Catholic School Board regarding more details of the Return to School Plan. In the coming days, you will be receiving more information from our staff. Please contact your School Age Supervisor, if you have any questions.

We are looking forward to welcoming children back to our Before and After School Age programs.

August 26, 2020

Yesterday, the Thames Valley District School Board announced that they had revised their Return to School Plan. The first day of school will now be Monday, September 14th, and it will include a staggered entry for all children.

Families will be notified of their child’s ‘return to school’ details by their schools in the coming days.

We wanted to share this information with you now to ensure that you were aware of these recent changes, as these changes also impact the start of Good Beginnings’ Before and After School programs. Good Beginnings’ Before and After School programs will now also begin the week of September 14th.

Families are reminded that alternate child care will be necessary during the week of September 7 – 11, as well as, during the week of September 14 – 18, due to the staggered entry of children. Children will not be returning to school for the entire week.

We are continuing to have conversations with the Thames Valley District School Board regarding more details of the Return to School Plan. We will be working together to coordinate plans to ensure a welcoming return to school for all children.

In the coming days, you will be receiving more information from our staff, as well as your schools. You are welcome to contact your School Age Supervisor if you have any questions.

We look forward to welcoming your children back to our School Age programs.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Yesterday, we received further details and updated documentation from the Ministry of Education. Specifically, we received the revised ‘Operational Guidance During COVID-19 Outbreak – Child Care Re-Opening (version 3)’ and the ‘Before and After School Programs- Kindergarten – Grade 6 Policies and Guidelines for School Boards for the 2020-2021 School Year’ documents.

As we plan for our return to full capacity at our child care centres and the start of our Before and After School programs, we continue to have conversations with the Thames Valley District School Board, London District Catholic School Board and Southwestern Public Health. These critical discussions will assist in the building of coordinated and collaborative plans. We want our families and staff to feel confident knowing that protocols and policies are in place to ensure the health and safety of our children, families, Educators and community.

We will continue to update our policies and procedures as we receive new information and direction from the government and local public health. Our most recent updates will be shared with all families and staff shortly.

Supervisory staff are in the process of contacting families to discuss their individual child care needs. Please contact your Child Care Supervisor or School Age Supervisor to discuss your child care requirements or if you have any questions.

Thank you for your continued cooperation. We will continue to share information as we receive it.

Friday, July 31, 2020

During yesterday’s COVID-19 update, Premier Doug Ford announced that effective September 1, 2020 all child care and early years programs across the province, will be permitted to operate at full capacity.

Details of the reopening of child care centres to align with the reopening of schools can be found at: https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2020/07/ontario-continues-to-gradually-and-safely-reopen-child-care-for-working-parents.html

As we continue to plan for our return to full capacity, we continue to gather information from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Southwestern Public Health.

The Operational Guidance During COVID-19 Outbreak: Child Care Reopening document, the Before and After School Kindergarten to Grade 6 Policies and Guideline and further guidance from Southwestern Public Health will be available for us to review in the coming days. We will provide updates to families and staff once we have received and reviewed this information.

Supervisory staff will be contacting families in the coming weeks to discuss individual child care needs.

Thank you for your continued cooperation as we work to provide you with timely information as it is received.

Take care and stay healthy!

Friday, July 24, 2020

I would like to share with you that yesterday we received the ‘Updated Operational Guidance During COVID-19 Outbreak’ document from the Ministry of Education.

Within this updated document are seven(7) minor changes made to the the previous guidance document.

We are currently in the process of updating our Good Beginnings’ ‘Enhance Health & Safety COVID-19 Policies, Procedures and Protocols. Once completed, we will forward the updated document to you for review.

Thank you for your continued cooperation.

Friday, July 15, 2020

The Ontario government announced that nearly all businesses and public spaces will reopen in Stage 3 of the province’s reopening framework with the proper health protocols in place.

Ontario’s “Framework for Reopening our Province” is still ongoing, and details can be found at Reopening Ontario

Stage 1 – began on May 19, 2020

Stage 2 – began on June 12, 2020 – gave the go ahead for Child Care Centres & Summer Day Camps to prepare to reopen.

Stage 3 – will begin on July 27th

The return of children to our Child Care Centres

In following the guidance of the Local Medical Officer of Health, Good Beginnings has slowly and safely re-opened our classrooms on a gradual basis at each of our 4 Child Care Centres.  Classrooms that have reopened have been limited to 1 “cohort”, which is a group of maximum 10 individuals per room, including Educators.

We are happy to share that all licensed child care operators will have the opportunity to increase from the current cohort size of 10, to a cohort size of 15 children, plus Educators.

More specific details will be available once Good Beginnings has received and reviewed the updated “Operational Guidance During COVID-19 Outbreak” document from the Ministry of Education.

Minister Lecce announced these changes Monday at 1pm, and we wanted to inform you as soon as possible. The Ministry has updated the operational guidelines and they are in final approvals and will be released shortly.  We continue to put the health and safety of our children and families at the forefront and we are basing our decisions on advice from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Southwestern Public Health, and the County of Oxford.

Friday, June 26, 2020

The Ontario Government announced that the current State of Emergency would continue until July 15, 2020.  The affected businesses, as well as, the details of the extension can be found at June 24th Provincial Update.  Although this update no longer affects child care as we are in the process of reopening, we thought it may be informative for you.

Ontario’s “Framework for Reopening our Province” is still ongoing, and details can be found at Reopening Ontario

Stage 1 – began on May 19, 2020

Stage 2 – began on June 12, 2020 – Stage 2 gave the go ahead for Child Care Centres & Summer Day Camps to reopen.

At this time, we are planning for a tentative reopening date for both our Child Care Centres and our School Age Summer Care programs of Monday, July 13, 2020.  Please be aware that this is a tentative date, and may be delayed, dependent upon review and approvals of our updated protocols.

We have been working diligently to prepare Enhanced Health and Safety Policies & Protocols to ensure a safe and smooth return for our families and our employees.  These protocols have been thoughtfully prepared using the documents provided to us through the Ministry of Education, as well as guidance through the Local Medical Officer of Health.

The Return of Children to Our Child Care Centres

In following the guidance of the Local Medical Officer of Health, Good Beginnings will slowly and safely be opening our classrooms on a gradual basis at each of our 4 Child Care Centres.  Each classroom will be limited to 1 “cohort”, which is a group of maximum 10 individuals per room, including Educators.  We feel that this will provide the children and the employees with time to become comfortable with the new policies and procedures, and to ensure a smooth transition.  Round 1 will open with minimal classrooms at each centre, and additional rooms will be added with each Round. Round 1:  July 13thRound 2:  July 27thRound 3:  August 10th

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The announcement today allowed for the reopening of Child Care Centres and School Age Summer Care programs effective June 12, 2020.

Please note that Good Beginnings will NOT BE OPENING on FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2020.

We have been working diligently behind the scenes to prepare for our eventual reopening.  We are now awaiting to receive updated legislative requirements from; Local Officer of Health, Ministry of Education, County of Oxford, and the Southwest Public Health Unit.

All of these agencies are key in providing us the exact protocols and safety requirements for a successful reopening.

Our priority at this time is to ensure proper policies are in place, and that there is adequate time to extensively train all of our employees.  This will provide both employees and parents/guardians with the confidence that they are returning to a safe and comfortable environment.

In regards to School Age Summer Care, we will be under the same protocols, so once all is confirmed, we will be able to announce the status of those programs.  This again will ensure that all staff and locations are fully prepared and safe to welcome our children back to our programs.

Please stay tuned for further communications regarding the next steps, and reopening dates.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Yesterday afternoon, the Ontario Government announced that schools would remain closed for the duration of this school year.  Although we feel for the children that will not be able to reunite with their friends, we appreciate that the safety of all children has been made a priority.

In yesterday’s address, Ontario’s “Framework for Reopening our Province” was discussed.  This is a 3 Stage process and the details of this Framework can be found at https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario-after-covid-19

Stage 1 – began on May 19, 2020

Stage 2 – date undetermined

As mentioned in the above website, anything “Beyond Stage 1” will be:

“Based on the best practices and lessons learned from Stage 1, the next stages of reopening Ontario will focus on opening more businesses, public spaces and services and enabling more parents to return to work. Public health measures, workplace safety guidance, protections for vulnerable people and working remotely are expected to continue throughout each stage.

It was mentioned that included in Stage 2 would be the possible opening of Summer Day Camps and Child Care.

Due to the terms mentioned in the Framework, there is no specific date for Stage 2 to begin, as it is dependent upon many factors including the authorization from our local Medical Officer of Health, as well as the COVID-19 case statistics. 

We will not be able to provide exact dates or details at this time as to when we would be able to open any of our Child Care centres or Summer Camp programs.  When they are able to open, it would be under “strict health measures”.  We will keep you informed as soon as we have specific details on how and when we will proceed.

 

April 27, 2020

During yesterday’s COVID-19 update by the Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford, it was mentioned that schools will remain closed until May 31, 2020, and the closures will be reassessed at that time. We will provide you with updates as we receive them officially from the Ministry of Education and the provincial government. This affects our School Age programs and our school based child care centres; Algonquin and Parkside.

More details can be found at https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2020/04/school-closures-extended-to-keep-students-staff-and-families-safe.

The current State of Emergency will continue until, and be reassessed on May 12, 2020 for consideration of a possible extension at that time. The closure of our Community Complex and Oxford Gardens child care centres fall under this category.

Please note that May 12, 2020 will NOT be the day that our child care centres re open. It will be the day that the State of Emergency is reassessed and considered for extension.

When we are able to reopen, there will be a special dokmail that goes out to parents/guardians and staff well in advance.

Thank you for your patience.

April 15, 2020

Yesterday, the Ontario government announced that it would be extending the current State of Emergency to May 12, 2020.

More details can be found at https://www.news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/04/ontario-extends-declaration-of-emergency-to-continue-the-fight-against-covid-19.html

The Ontario Government announced that the State of Emergency would be extended to and reassessed on May 12, 2020 for consideration of a possible extension at that time. The closure of our Community Complex and Oxford Gardens child care centres fall under this category.

Please note that May 12, 2020 will NOT be the day that our child care centres re open. It will be the day that the State of Emergency is reassessed and considered for extension.

During yesterday’s COVID-19 update by the Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford, it was mentioned that schools would NOT be reopening on May 4, 2020, however no further details have been provided at this time. We will provide you with updates as we receive them officially from the Ministry of Education and the provincial government. This affects our School Age programs and our school based child care centres; Algonquin and Parkside.

When we are able to reopen, there will be a special dokmail that goes out to parents/guardians and staff well in advance.

Thank you for your patience as we work to provide you with timely information as it is received.

April 11, 2020

I have received notification today from the province of Ontario, as well as the Ministry of Education to inform us that there has been an extension to the current State of Emergency.

More details can be found at https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/04/ontario-takes-further-action-to-stop-the-spread-of-covid-19.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p.

Attached you will also find a memo from the Ministry of Education, which addresses licensed child care centres as well as the school age programs and school based child care centres.

The Ontario Government announced that the State of Emergency would be extended and reassessed on April 23, 2020 for consideration of a possible extension at that time. The closure of our Community Complex and Oxford Gardens child care centres fall under this category.

Please note that April 23, 2020 will NOT be the day that our child care centres re open. It will be the day that the State of Emergency is reassessed and considered for extension.

At this time, the date for reassessment of the School Age programs and our school based child care centres; Algonquin and Parkside, remains at May 1, 2020.

When we are able to reopen, there will be a special dokmail that goes out to parents/guardians and staff well in advance.

Thank you for your patience as we work to provide you with timely information as it is received.

Take care and stay healthy!

April 1, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy during this time. Please know you are in our thoughts daily as we all proceed through these unique and trying times together.

Our goal is to keep in touch with you on a regular basis, providing the most current and relevant information as it is received.

As many of you may have heard, the Ontario Government announced that the State of Emergency would continue for an additional 14 days until April 13, 2020, and would be reassessed for a possible extension at that time. The closure of our Community Complex and Oxford Gardens child care centres fall under this category.

It is our understanding that the 14 day extension is a limitation of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act for the first extension of a declared State of Emergency. If the State of Emergency is to be extended after this second time, it appears that there is a longer time option. If you would like further information regarding the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, go to https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90e09#BK12. Sections 7.0.8, items 1-4 explain the options to the government during the initial and following declarations.

An announcement was also made that schools would remain closed, and they have set a potential starting date as May 4, 2020. This closure includes our School Age programs, as well as our school based child care centres; Algonquin and Parkside.

We understand this may create a lot of questions surrounding the potential reopening dates for all of our programs, however please be assured that we are monitoring the events closely and will keep you informed as information arises.

Please know that our staff are missing your children, and think of them daily. We look forward to the time when we can welcome all of our families and staff back to our programs.

March 13, 2020

Following yesterday’s announcement that Ontario schools have been ordered to remain closed from March 14 through to April 5, 2020, both the London District Catholic and the Thames Valley District School Board have now announced that any child care centres operating within schools will also be closed.

Based on this announcement and that the health, safety and well-being of children, families, and employees is Good Beginnings’ highest priority, a decision has been made to close all of Good Beginnings’ child care centres and programs during this 3 week time period.

This includes:

• Algonquin Child Care Centre

• Community Complex Child Care Centre

• Oxford Gardens Child Care Centre

• Parkside Child Care Centre

• All School Age programs, including Before & After School Care, PD Days, and March Break

All fees billed for any of the above programs for this time period will be reversed to your child care account and held as a credit towards future months’ payments. If you require a refund immediately, please email Elisha Robinson, Senior Finance Assistant to make arrangements.She can be reached at elisha@goodbeginningsday.com.

We encourage parents/guardians and staff to monitor news outlets and social media for further updates and information. Please monitor your email for any dokmails over the next 3 weeks that may update you on changes.