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 communication is key to a successful parent-teacher relationship during such unprecedented and stressful times. 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 taken to protect your family’s safety while also providing a fun and caring environment for your child to learn.

  • We mandate that all of our staff be vaccinated and boostered for COVID-19.
  • We have a separate screening room to establish a single entry point, where the parents drop off and pick up their children.
  • Air purifiers are in every classroom and throughout the center.
  • We do our best to keep the same staff with the age group they usually work with to limit unnecessary exposure. For example, a Preschool/Pre-K teacher will usually stay in that program for the remainder of the day.
  • Aprons and sanitary jackets are available for staff to wear while at work. The aprons and sanitary jackets are washed daily.
  • Masks are mandated to be worn by all adults in the building regardless of vaccination status.
  • 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.
  • We have the center deeply cleaned/disinfected every weekend.
  • 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 plenty of space to socially distance each child.
  • Each child has their own seat that is socially distanced 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.
  • Snacks are plated by teachers wearing gloves to avoid cross-contamination between the children.
  • The playground is sanitized between each classroom that uses the space.
  • The Department of Early Education and Care requires all staff to complete online training on the new health and safety protocol requirements.