COVID-19 Response (updated January 7, 2022)

Our classes are 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 remain in place with use of our Vancouver Coastal Health approved natural disinfectant (Benefect) for toys, furniture, and high touch surfaces.
  • We have limited the number of adults present at one time in our child care center to 10 (educators included). Additional adults (i.e. visitors) will not be allowed while classes are in session.
  • Families are encouraged to say goodbye at the door to ensure adult to adult physical distancing.
  • In keeping with current guidelines the use of face masks indoors are mandatory for all visitors. Masks will be available at the door and we ask that all families comply with this safety protocol.
  • All children wishing to wear a mask while at preschool will be supported to change when necessary.
  • Despite the cold temperatures windows will continue to be open to increase ventilation, therefore, families are encouraged to send children in layers that can be taken off or left on depending on their child's comfort.
  • In order to enter the classroom 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.
  • 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.
  • At pick up 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 a parent/caregiver arrives to prevent further spread.
  • Sharing food prepared at home is no longer permitted. 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 an educator is away due to illness or personal circumstance and families will be notified of this via email.


Questions?

Early Inquirers Preschool    

"providing the freedom to learn"

Email or call us for more info, or to set up a classroom visit.

3175 Thompson Place, West Vancouver, BC


+1 (604)-926-6836


info@earlyinquirers.com