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

If you have any questions or need more information specifically related to COVID-19, please contact Peterborough Public Health.

Thank you.
The Team at The Old Millbrook School EarlyOn Child and Family Centre.

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