Update as of Saturday March 14th.
As you are aware, the Community Response to COVID-19 has been proactive, thoughtful and intentional.
Our number one priority as we mentioned yesterday is the health and safety of our participants, our staff and the greater community.
It is with keeping that priority in mind that our Organization’s Board of Directors voted yesterday to close all of our programs effective immediately until Monday April 6th.
At that time we will reevaluate any new information, community responses and the directions our Municipal Funders and The Province are providing us with.
Research strongly supports social distancing as an effective strategy to flatten the curve of new occurrences of any outbreak. This was at the forefront of our minds when making such an important decision.
We thank you for your patience and support as we navigate through the next couple of weeks.
If you have any questions, please email Nancy Hurley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any questions or need for further information related to COVID-19 can be directed to Peterborough Public Health.
The Staff and The Board of Directors of The Old Millbrook School Family Centre.
Friday, March 13, 2020
Update for March 13, 2020.
The health and safety of our Participants, Staff and Community are always a top priority for us as an Organization. We would like to provide you with some updates around our programs in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak.
As of Friday March 13, 2020, our EarlyON Child and Family Centre Stay and Play programs will continue to be open and operational during our regularly scheduled hours. This decision aligns with what our Municipal Funders and The Province is communicating to us.
The following is a comprehensive list of the actions we are taking within our programs:
Signage has been posted to remind families to self-screen each person young and older in their group prior to entering the program rooms to ensure they are in good health.
Staff will be staying home if they become ill.
All participants will be screened by staff upon arrival as well to ensure everyone visiting is in good health. Following Organizational Policy and the directives we have been given by our Municipal Leads, participants who disclose symptoms to poor health or who are observed by staff to be in poor health will be asked to leave and head home to prevent the spread of illness and be welcomed back when everyone is healthy once again.
We have increased the frequency the Program Rooms are professionally cleaned.
We are wiping down surfaces and handles frequently throughout the day.
The toys in the infant area are being cleaned daily. All other toys and materials are being cleaned more frequently as well.
Public Health issued hand washing signs are posted at all sinks.
All participants are asked to wash their hands following the steps outlined in the signage upon immediate arrival to the Programs.
For the time being, we have closed our kitchen and will not be offering a daily snack, tea or coffee.
Participants are respectfully asked to refrain from bringing in food from outside the program to be consumed in the Child and Family Centre.
Participants are welcomed to bring in their own reusable bottle filled with water.
We are taking a pause from accepting any food donations.
All programs that are connected to food preparation will be paused for the time being.
The “Cooking Together, Eating Together” event that was scheduled for Wednesday March 18th has been canceled.
“Cooking with Kids” which was scheduled for Wednesday April 1st has been canceled.
Music and Movement will NOT be taking place at Centennial Place, it has been moved to The Dorothy Stevens Rooms at The Old School for the next four weeks minimum.
Parent book lending will pause for the next month at minimum.
We are encouraging as much outdoor play as possible when visiting.
We value all participants and believe that we can all work together to stop the spread of germs.
If you have any questions at all about the above policies, please email Nancy Hurley at email@example.com.
If you have any questions or need more information specifically related to COVID-19, please contact Peterborough Public Health.
The Team at The Old Millbrook School EarlyOn Child and Family Centre.
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Sharing Information from Peterborough Public Health
We will continue to share accurate and reliable information that is made available by our local Public Health Units.
Here is what Peterborough Public Health has made available for people wanting more information about COVID-19.
If further information is needed, please contact Public Health.
Monday, February 24, 2020
Your Input is Needed!
Does your Child Care or EarlyON Child and Family Centre offer a quality environment for your child?
What do you like most? What could we improve?
Let us know by completing our online survey:
Survey closes Wednesday March 11, 2020.
Thank you for your feedback.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
That also means that when adults and/or children visit while under the weather, the germs are spread to not only others here as well but to all those who we all come into contact with after we leave the Child and Family Centre.
We appreciate everyone’s continuing efforts to not spread germs.
Just a quick reminder that we are still asking for everyone’s support to stay warm and cozy at home until you and or your children are healthy again.
Thank you and see you all soon 😊
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Many people have started asking us, "Are you having a spring clothing swap?" The answer is, we would like to but we really need lots of volunteers to help out and make it happen. The staff help out a lot, but the three of us need some helping hands.
If we hold the Swap, the dates we are looking at would be either Sunday April 26th or Sunday May 3rd.
We are looking for 7-8 volunteers to help out for a few hours in the afternoon/evening the Thursday before the swap to help sort all the clothing.
We are looking for 5-6 volunteers to help out on the day of the clothing swap. The swap runs from 9:30am - 12:00pm.
We are looking for a few volunteers to take the remaining clothing to any shelters that will accept the clothing or to Talize the day after the swap.
Can you spare a couple of hours to commit to helping out? Do you know a student who is respectful and responsible who could help out and earn some of their volunteer hours? What if you and a friend came together and had a visit, a coffee and helped out all at the same time?
We know it is so hard to commit when you have young children which is why we are asking the community in general for a bit of volunteer support. Please feel free to share this as well.
Please call 705-932-7088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to volunteer.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
In the spring of 2018, The Old Millbrook School EarlyON Child and Family Centre went through a transformation. We began offering more programs and services to families in the community and beyond in ways that we hope have been responsive to your unique needs as a family. Continual efforts to build trusting relationships with families and the community we are part of have allowed us to learn what families enjoyed about the Child and Family Centre and where there was room for us to grow and set goals.
We wanted to share what goals we will be focusing on for 2020.
Cultural Diversity and Inclusivity; We will continue our work to ensure all families feel like they are represented in our programs and the materials we utilize to create a welcoming quality learning environment. Our programs are for everyone to enjoy and we want to decrease barriers and increase opportunities for children and families to thrive.
Outdoor Experiences and Play; We have a passion for outdoor play and recognize the immense benefits of it to child development. To quote Richard Louv from his book, “Last Child in the Woods”, We have such a brief opportunity to pass on to our children our love for this Earth, and to tell our stories. These are the moments when the world is made whole. In my children's memories, the adventures we've had together in nature will always exist.”
Continuing our Self-Reg Journey; Self-Reg is an ongoing journey that we are excited to be on and are looking forward to continuing to offer opportunities for more learning for all of us. “There is no such thing as a bad child”, Dr. Stuart Shanker. We will continue to work together to start or to continue to ask, “Why?” and “Why now?”
Thank you for working with The Old Millbrook School EarlyON Child and Family Centre Educator Team to create quality programs.
If you have any questions at all, please let us know. We always appreciate your feedback and insight.