I wanted to reach out to our parents on a couple of very important subjects to Nick and I, your Directors of Little Lambs.
We have made some huge changes to our systems as of lately, to ensure that Little Lambs is not only clean and sanitized but that it holds the absolute highest level of cleanliness. It is our responsibility to do all we can to keep your children healthy with anything that is preventable. While there are some viruses that we cannot contain when they spread, there are other things that can be prevented by going the extra measure and we want to make sure we always go the extra mile and take those extra measures.
We have brochures upfront that describe the Extreme Cleaning team that we recently switched to and use for our cleanings. Their website is http://theextremecleaners.com. We had them come do a “Deep Clean” during our week off in August of the entire facility and were so impressed that we decided to go with them full time for the entire facility. What I love about them? They take their job seriously and ours. I quote the owner Mike Polichetti, “Our job is to make sure we do an excellent job in what we do, so that you can focus on taking care of the children.”
We also have our staff cleaning during the day, sanitizing toys and surfaces during rest times and at the end of the day and have their specific duties posted in the classrooms. We are organized and on top of the cleaning. We carry a full supply of bleach and Lysol and use them in the evenings and at the end of the day, even prior to the cleaning team arriving. We also carry an entire line of all natural products that are top rated by the EWG (you can look them up on this site http://www.ewg.org/guides/search
under The Healthy Home Company – Product CLEAN as well as TOUGH) as being toxic free from The Healthy Home Company. We use these products during the day when children are putting toys in their mouths and breathing the air in all day. It is an extra investment we have taken to make sure that your children are getting what they need and when they need it!
Handwashing is an important part of your child’s day and all of our staff as well. Children wash hands several times throughout the day and staff are asked to wash hands and/ or sanitize prior to changing classrooms as well as doing so often throughout the day. We ask them to wash hands as much as possible in between holding or touching the children. This is not always possible but we also have antibacterial hand soap throughout the facility, which parents are also welcome to use!
It is so important to us that you all know that the last thing we ever like to hear is if your child has become ill. We care about them and we know what a toll it can take on you, as parents, to take care of sick children as well.
Our protocol when something does go around Little Lambs is as follows:
- We will do our best to keep you all informed when there is something going around. When there is something that parents need to be aware of, we will send out an email and if it is early enough in the day to have our Office Manager send out letters, we will do that as well.
- We do combine classrooms and alternate classrooms to do special events, etc. and when there is something going around the we need to contain and minimize exposure, we will not be doing so. We will communicate this with our teachers and will also let them know when they can go ahead and do that.
Here is one of the most important details that we would like you, the parents, to help us with. IF YOU ARE ILL, please call ahead to the office and ask us to meet you. We would be more than happy to come get your child from outside and also bring your child back out at the end of the day, rather than putting the other children at risk. If you have a child with you who is ill, please also call ahead, so that we can either bring your child in and out or watch your other child in the car, while you communicate with teachers and staff and do drop offs and pick ups.
Sibling policy: While we encourage family interaction, it not only becomes a health hazard to have siblings coming into the various classrooms who may be in a different school or district and are exposed to so many more things going around, it also can take away from the program by making the classrooms busier at drop off and pick up. Please speak with the Director for protocol regarding this. All siblings LOVE to come in and see the other children, but we are asking they no longer come into the classroom unless there is special permission. We can bring the siblings out to see them.
Parents in the classroom: same goes for Parents who work in healthcare or have contact with lots of other children. We encourage you to be present and come in, but PLEASE be mindful! If you do work in those environments, we welcome you to use our Staff Restroom at the end of the Little Lambs hallway prior to pick up to wash your hands! We never have any trouble with our parents, but just in case, it is great to have a policy in place! 🙂
Lastly, it is important that you know, we are informed by New York State Department of Health, regarding things that are going around locally. We familiarize ourselves with this information and our Head Teachers as well, so they have signs of what to look for! As always, our Parent Handbook is a terrific resource for our parents, in regards to how long your child may need to stay home when they come down with something.
Thank you all for your cooperation and communication! We are always looking for ways to improve and to take the very best care of your little ones!
Your Children Are Treasures,
Nick and Kelly Kohler