COVID-19 Precautions

We have implemented some significant changes so that you feel safe and comfortable while leaving your child in our care. Here at Tir Na Nog Childcare, one of our top priorities is the wellbeing and safety of our students, their families, and our staff. We have been surpassing the updated health and safety requirements that the Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC) has collaboratively developed with the Department of Public Health (DPH), the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), and the Department for Children and Families (DCF) along with consultations provided by third-party experts in pediatrics and epidemiology. We believe that during such unprecedented and stressful times, communication is key to a successful parent-teacher relationship. For this reason, we have phones in each classroom so that parents and teachers can call each other if necessary regarding questions, concerns, or just to check-in! We want to share just some of the precautions we have been taking to protect your family’s safety while also providing a fun and caring environment for your child to learn. 

  • We have a separate screening room to establish a single entry point, where the parents’ drop-off and pick-up their children. We only allow one parent in the screening room at a time for drop-off and pick-up to limit exposure between families. 
  • We check every child’s temperature upon arrival and ask the parents a series of questions mandated by the Department of Early Education and Care regarding if the child is experiencing any symptoms that could indicate illness. 
  • Every staff member takes their temperature before each shift and answers a series of questions mandated by the Department of Early Education and Care.
  • Air purifiers are in every classroom and throughout the center. 
  • The staff is restricted to only the age group they are working with that day to limit unnecessary exposure. For example, a Preschool/Pre-K teacher can not go into any toddler or infant classrooms or interact with any infant or toddler children. 
  • Our staff wears aprons, sanitary jackets, and masks at all times. The aprons and sanitary jackets are washed daily. 
  • We use EPA-registered disinfectants and sanitizers against COVID-19. 
  • Extra staff is available daily for cleaning the center and toys/books used throughout the day. 
  • We sanitize toys after each use. All toys are sanitized multiple times a day and at the end of the day. 
  • Tables and chairs are sanitized between snack, projects, and lunch. 
  • Infant strollers are sanitized daily. 
  • Hand sanitizer is easily accessible for staff throughout the center. 
  • A minimum of 42 square feet per child in attendance is required in the classroom. We have decided to keep our classroom enrollment numbers lower than recommended to allow each child plenty of space to socially distance.
  • Each child has their own seat that is socially distanced away from their peers for snack, lunch, and project. 
  • Infants each have their own designated crib to avoid cross-contamination between infants. 
  • The children’s belongings are spaced out on coat hooks appropriately for COVID-19.
  • Children each have their own bin of art supplies to avoid cross-contamination between the children. 
  • Snacks are plated by teachers wearing gloves to avoid cross-contamination between the children. 
  • We have implemented a playground rotation schedule to avoid cross-contamination between classrooms. The playground is sanitized between each classroom that uses the space. 
  • The Department of Early Education and Care requires all staff to complete an online training on the new health and safety protocol requirements.