Staying Healthy

Grace Children’s Center is updating our policies and procedures in every effort to keep everyone safe and healthy. This page is in process. Updates are made as new recommendations are made and practices implemented. Our primary goal is holistic health for children, families, and staff. Some of our practices keep in mind the child’s social/emotional health as well as their physical health. If you have any questions please email childrenscenter@gotgrace.com.

What we are doing:

Based on recommendations from the CDC, King County Department of Health, and the Department of Early Learning, we have changed many aspects of our day for the benefit of your child’s health and the health of our teachers.

  • Multi-age classrooms with no more than 10 people, including the teachers
  • Increased hand washing, sanitizing, and cleaning efforts throughout the day
  • Minimized the amount of things in each center and replaced difficult to clean items with easier to clean and sanitize toys and projects
  • Spending time outside for meals, snacks, story time, and more
  • Teaching older children about social distancing, helping them to practice independent play
  • Children with the same group of children
  • To minimize the spread of viruses, bacteria, and germs, we do not have the children wear masks. Children tend to want to share everything or leave things around when they are finished. We are better able to keep things clean and healthy when they do not share everything and we can quickly clean toys and classroom equipment.
  • Laundering your child’s clothing daily, so that they have extra changes of clothing for the week.

Teachers PPE

Teachers are provided with aprons, masks, and gloves. We are working on hats with face shields, scrub style tops, and a lab coat as well.

Young children rely on facial expression and cues to understand the grown-ups caring for them. It is important that children feel safe, secure, and able to understand what is happening around them and to them.

As the face shields are completed, teachers will be wearing them in the classrooms, along with a “neck gaiter” style mask.

What you can do:

There are many simple ways that you can partner with us in keeping everyone healthy. Including:

  • Follow the Updated Check in and Out Procedures (click the link to read in detail).
  • Let us know when you keep your child home for any reason, the day you are keeping them home. We are monitoring all reasons for absences in childcare, and tracking all illness symptoms. Call/Text 206-878-7182 or email childrenscenter@gotgrace.com to let us know as soon as possible.
  • Keep Your Ill Child Home
  • Complete the Daily Health Check upon arrival at the center each day
  • Maintain a consistent schedule of dropping off and picking up. This helps us to provide consistent groups and teachers.
  • On Monday – bring only what you believe your child will need for the week, including: Diapers, Ointment, Sunscreen, Wipes, Bottles, Formula, Breast Milk, Extra Changes of Clothing, Shoes, Socks, and Blanket and Snuggle item for nap time.
  • Do not allow your child to bring in toys, food from home, or other items not listed above.

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