Reopening Licensed Child Care

Update: April 1, 2021

The Ontario government announced that we will be entering a temporary shutdown period beginning Saturday, April 3, 2021 for a minimum of 4 weeks. We support the need to take this necessary step to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

Child Care services are not affected by this shutdown. We will continue to serve our families with no changes.

We have been so happy to welcome back our Y Licensed Child Care families to our Taggart Family Y, Ruddy Family Y and Avalon locations. Our first priority remains the safety of Y families and staff.

Working with our local health authorities, we have safety and health protocols in place and are offering the same quality care that you and your family have come to rely on. By keeping children separated in small groups, enhancing cleaning and sanitization protocols, and ensuring proper hygiene and physical distancing when required, we are able to provide a fun, educational, and safe experience for all.

Below are some answers to some frequently asked questions about returning to child care.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Daily health screenings are required for both children and educators before entering our child care centres. As parents/guardians drop off their children, a short screening questionnaire is given, and your child’s temperature is taken. Only once the screening and temperature are completed satisfactorily can children enter the child care space.

Currently, the cohort (group) sizes have increased from 10 to 15 children, plus staff, per room. This change has been designed to limit the spread of the virus, should a positive case be reported.

We will continue to provide the welcoming and caring environment that you and your family have come to expect in a Y Child Care setting. Changes to the classrooms will include setting up equipment to support limited contact between children and physical distancing of two metres between groups (cohorts) of children. Activities will be spread out throughout the classrooms. Additional outdoor time will be encouraged. At mealtime, children will be spaced apart and be served plated meals rather than self-serve.

Our YMCA Curriculum is play based. Initially, we will focus on getting to know your child, making them feel safe and comfortable. Planned activities will be based on the interest of the children and will take place indoors and outdoors. There will be no swimming lessons. The jungle gym and the Y gymnasium will not be available for programmed activities.

Health and safety is always a priority at the Y, and we have enhanced our cleaning and sanitization practices. Cleaning takes place three times per day, and high touch surfaces and toys are sanitized several times per day. Toys that cannot be easily sanitized (e.g. plush toys) have been removed from the centre.

Our Educators are experienced, caring and qualified to work with children. Many of our staff are Registered Early Childhood Educators including our Supply Educators. We also employ Ontario Certified Teachers, Child and Youth Workers and other related professionals. All our staff are trained, hold Standard First Aid and Infant/Child CPR certification and have regular police checks.

Visit our website for more information, or contact us directly:

Taggart Family Y Child Care
Kesha Murray
Senior Coordinator, Taggart Family Y Child Care
613.237.1320, ext 4138
Email: kesha.murray@ymcaywca.ca 

Ruddy Family Y Child Care
Rebecca Van Lanen
Senior Coordinator, Ruddy Family Y Child Care
613-830-4199, ext 3019
Email: rebecca.vanlanen@ymcaywca.ca

Avalon Y Child Care
Cass Inglis
Senior Coordinator, Avalon Y Child Care
613.824.2681
Email: cass.inglis@ymcaywca.ca