COVID-19 Updates

The “Kidco Standard” – COVID-19 Health & Safety Procedures

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kids & Company has put together health and safety protocols based on guidelines from Public Health. Kids & Company has chosen to adopt stringent protocols in all regions where centres are operated. This has been done to protect our families, employees, and children. 

The following outlines our “Kidco Standard” — protocols that are practised across all Kids & Company centres. These baseline protocols are built on with specific regional guidance.

 

Take a peek below at some of the changes you and your child can expect while you’re transitioning back to your centre. 

An Update on Our Operations Due to COVID-19

In the early stages of the pandemic, some of our centres were closed or open only to the families of our dedicated frontline health workers. Through collaboration with health authorities, we reopened all centres across North America safely and confidently. There are a number of strict guidelines currently in place to ensure the health and well-being of our staff, children and families. Kids & Co has developed a Pandemic Response Team consisting of members from different departments that connect daily and consult with experts in public health, regional ministries and licensing authorities. We also have a proactive communications plan informing families of any updates related to COVID-19.

Kids & Company Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Policy: Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases and in order to keep our staff and families safe, it is now Kids & Company’s policy that all staff must wear a non-medical (cloth) or a disposable medical/surgical mask or face covering while inside the child care centre.

Regional Information (Updated January 2021)

As regional risks and protocols vary, the Centre Director will have the most relevant information for that specific location. Below are summaries of the Health & Safety Procedures in each of the areas we operate centres.

Canada

Alberta

We continue to care for and enroll children at our centres in Alberta. Additional safety protocols are in place such as enhanced environmental cleaning and hygiene practices, screening, cohorting, physical distancing, and the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). We adhere to the Government of Alberta’s COVID-19 Guidance for Daycares and Out of School Care (Child Care) (Updated November 2020).

British Columbia

We continue to care for and enroll children at our centres in British Columbia. Additional safety protocols are in place such as enhanced environmental cleaning and hygiene practices, screening, cohorting and physical distancing. Kids & Company has gone beyond British Columbia’s regional protocols to implement an internal policy requiring staff to wear a non-medical (cloth) or disposable medical/surgical mask or face covering while inside the child care centre. We adhere to the BC Centre for Disease Control Public Health Guidance for Child Care Settings During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Updated February 12, 2021).

Manitoba

We continue to care for and enroll children at our centre in Manitoba. Additional safety protocols are in place such as enhanced environmental cleaning and hygiene practices, screening, cohorting, physical distancing, and the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). We adhere to the Province of Manitoba’s COVID-19 Response in K–12 Schools and Early Learning and Child Care Centres (Updated August 31, 2020).

Nova Scotia

We continue to care for and enroll children at our centres in Nova Scotia. Additional safety protocols are in place such as enhanced environmental cleaning and hygiene practices, screening, cohorting, physical distancing, and the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). We adhere to the Government of Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for Child Care Settings (Updated February 10, 2021).

Ontario

We continue to care for and enroll children at our centres in Ontario as an essential service under the Emergency Order. Additional safety protocols are in place such as enhanced environmental cleaning and hygiene practices, screening, cohorting, physical distancing, and the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). We adhere to the Ministry of Education’s Operational Guidance During COVID-19 Outbreak: Child Care Re-Opening (Updated March 2021).

*Guidance may differ in Halton, Peel, Toronto and Ottawa.

Quebec

We continue to care for and enroll children at our centre in Quebec. Additional safety protocols are in place such as enhanced environmental cleaning and hygiene practices, screening, cohorting, physical distancing, and the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). We adhere to the Gouvernement du Québec: Educational childcare services in the context of COVID-19 pandemic (Updated March 5, 2021).

For More Information

If you are interested in more information about our centres during this time, please reach out to our team at 1-866-MY-KIDCO or parents@kidsandcompany.com. Kids & Company has been providing exceptional child care to families across North America for eighteen years and we are proud of our thousands of teachers and support teams, caring for our thousands of families from across North America. We are focusing all our energy on ensuring the safety of our staff and families.  We know that our service is critical to you, our valued parents.