Our regular classes have been reconfigured in accordance with the Public Health Guidance for Child Care Settings during the COVID-19 Pandemic as posted by BC's Center for Disease Control (BCCDC) and the Ministry for Children and Families (MCFD): ​


  • Our frequent and in-depth cleaning protocols will remain in place with use of our Vancouver Coastal Health approved natural disinfectant (Benefect) for toys, furniture, and high touch surfaces.
  • Medical grade wipes will also be used for disinfecting high touch surfaces before and after classes.
  • A limited number of adults (10) present at one time in our child care center (educators included) will ensure safe adult to adult distancing.
  • In keeping with updated guidelines, as of October 27th, all adults who enter the preschool must wear a mask for the duration of their time inside the classroom. Masks will be available at the door and staff will ask that all families comply with this increased safety protocol.
  • Drop off and pick up procedures include assigned times staggered at 10-minute intervals. These staggered entrance times allow families to safely come into our classroom, hang up their child’s backpack and coat, and then engage for a few minutes before leaving.
  • Families will be greeted outside our door in the undercover area but will no longer be asked the daily health safety check questions. Parents/caregivers must self-assess prior to coming to preschool based on the symptoms listed below. 
  • Children and adults must be free from illness including fevers, chills, cough, difficulty breathing (in small children, this can look like breathing fast or working hard to breathe), loss of sense of smell or taste, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea in order to enter.
  • Symptoms of a common cold have been removed but families are reminded that, as stated by the BCCDC, "staying home when sick is one of the most important ways to reduce the spread of communicable diseases, including COVID-19."
  • Once permitted in the classroom children and their parent/caregiver will be asked to wash their hands before interacting with any materials.
  • Children will complete supervised hand washing upon entering the classroom, after coming in from playing outside, after toileting, before eating, after eating, and before dismissal. Hand washing will always be required when children touch their mouths/sneeze/cough.
  • During the staggered pick up times families are asked to wait in the undercover area respecting social distancing guidelines. Children will be dismissed one by one to parents/caregivers in order to share information.
  • If a child and/or educator becomes ill during the class, an area within the classroom has been designated to separate the child and educator until parents arrive to prevent further spread.
  • Sharing food from home will no longer be allowed. The BCCDC has stated that "food and beverages should not be shared. Child care facilities should not allow food items to be made available to other children at this time (e.g. birthday treats)." We recognize the potential impact that this has on young children however to comply with the public health guidelines all treats must now be store bought.
  • ​Both the CDC and MCFD want to ensure there are consistent adults caring for and interacting with young children and have made recommendations regarding the use of "cohorting" in child care and "strongly advise child care centres to reduce the number of different staff that interact with the same children." Therefore, the difficult decision has been made that an unknown substitute will not be brought in to cover for current staff members who are away. Classes will be cancelled if more than one educator is away due to illness or personal circumstance. 


COVID-19 Response (updated October 26, 2020)

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3175 Thompson Place, West Vancouver, BC


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