9 Critical Questions About Safety to Ask Your Child Care Provider
When COVID-19 stopped life as we knew it in March, it was hard to predict we’d still be struggling to reopen states at the end of 2020. With cases rising as winter deepens, you likely have questions about what to consider when choosing child care in a pandemic. We’ve got answers that can make a tough decision much easier!
KEEPING EVERYONE SAFE
A: We’ve paused our family-style meals to stay safer, but kids still love participating mealtimes and snacks with their friends. They sit with their class with proper spacing and enjoy their food without sharing. If a child doesn’t bring their own utensils, we have reusables for them to borrow. They’re safer than plastic because they don't break or pose a choking hazard, and we make sure they’re squeaky clean before and after each use.
PROTECTING CLASSROOM COMMUNITIES
- Students spend their days with a small stable set of peers and teachers.
- Each group does not mingle with other groups in the center—even when outside.
- If a child or teacher in one group gets sick, we close that group until everyone is well.
A: Typically, you’d be able to see our cheerful, dynamic, nurturing classrooms for yourself. These days, our indoor spaces are reserved for children and staff only. You’ll never feel in the dark about your child’s day because we use the KinderCare App to stay in touch! Learn all the ways our mobile app keeps you connected to your child.
ADDRESSING EMOTIONAL HEALTH
In the classroom, we utilize materials that reflect different backgrounds, talk about similarities and differences with little ones and hold class meetings, bonding activities, and mindfulness practice with older kids.
PROVIDING CLEAN ENVIRONMENTS
At KinderCare, we can confidently answer these questions (and more) because we’re the nation’s largest, most accredited child care provider, and the industry-leader in health and safety. If you’re looking elsewhere for care, make sure to use this health and safety checklist to make sure your provider ticks all the important boxes!