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COVID-19 UPDATES

October 21, 2020

Hickory Wood EarlyON Child & Family Centre in-person programs have been temporarily suspended.

Due to a confirmed case of COVID-19 identified at our Hickory Wood EarlyON Child & Family Centre, the in-person programs offered through this site have been cancelled until further notice.  We will continue to offer virtual progamming. Please check back for further updates.


October 7, 2020

Another EarlyON Child & Family Centre site is now offering in-person/onsite programs!

Peel EarlyON Child & Family Centre is now offering in-person/onsite programs at two locations —   Springdale EarlyON Child & Family Centre and Hickory Wood EarlyON Child & Family Centre.  For details, please see our Family Day EarlyON Programs page.  Pre-registration for in-person programs is required and space is limited to 10 participants per program.  

Family Day’s other EarlyON sites are preparing to offer in-person/onsite programs soon, but in the meanwhile, they continue to provide virtual programs.  Please check back for updates.


October 1, 2020

EarlyON Child & Family Centres are now providing a combination of in-person, outdoor, and virtual programs for families.

Our Springdale EarlyON Child & Family Centre in Brampton is now offering on-site, in-person programs (pre-registration is required).   Family Day’s other EarlyON sites are preparing to offer in-person programs soon, but in the meanwhile, they continue to provide virtual programs. 

Your health and safety are our priority.  We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation to assess its impact on our programs and services. As we gradually reopen our in-person programs, please continue to check in with us for the most up-to-date information about EarlyON programming.


September 4, 2020

Extended Day and Before & After School Programs | Q&A

Family Day is pleased to be reopening our before and after school programs and welcoming back our children, families and staff. We have been working with The Ministry of Education, our municipal partners, local health departments and individual school boards to develop a safe reopening plan. A Question & Answer document has been developed to share this information with you.  If you require further clarification on  your specific program, please feel to reach out to your centre’s supervisor by phone or email.


August 17, 2020

Since July 13th, Family Day’s child care centre and home child care programs have gradually been reopening.  As part of this, we have now reactivated our Online Child Care Inquiry Form.

Children in our centres enjoy a warm and caring environment, with access to a range of age-appropriate learning activities. View our locations to find a centre near you.  To learn more about child care programs at Family Day and availability in your area, please complete an online inquiry form  or contact our Child Care Services Department at 416-922-3434 | 1-800-263-9703 during business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Please continue to check our website for further updates.  We hope that you and your family are keeping safe and healthy.


June 30, 2020


June 26, 2020

Family Day will begin the gradual reopening of our programs starting on Monday, July 13th.  For specific information about your child’s program, please contact your Centre Supervisor.  

Please stay tuned for a more detailed update – coming soon.

 


June 9, 2020


June 5, 2020

Cancellation of Family Day Summer Camp 2020 due to COVID-19

As you are aware, licensed child care programs are currently under a mandated closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce, recently announced that licensed child care programs will now remain closed until June 30, 2020.  We regret the impact that this unprecedented uncertainty and closure has had on families.

Due to the uncertainty about when programs will reopen, and our concerns regarding the health, safety, and wellbeing of children in a camp environment, Family Day has made the decision to cancel the summer camp programs.

Full refunds for summer camp will be automatically issued to families. Refunds take approximately two weeks to be processed. If your deposit is not refunded by July 10th, please contact us at camp@familydaycare.com.

We regret any inconvenience that this program cancellation has caused.

We will be connecting with you virtually throughout the summer.  Please stay tuned for more information.


June 3, 2020

We have received several enquiries about when our child care programs will reopen. The Ministry of Education will advise child care operators when the mandated closure of licensed child care has been lifted and programs may begin to reopen.  Notice of when Family Day programs will open will be communicated to families by email and also on the Family Day website.  

We have also received questions from parents about when they will be able to access their child’s belongings.  Shortly after the Government of Ontario’s announcement that schools would be closed to manage the spread of COVID-19, we were no longer able to access our sites located within schools.  We are currently awaiting word from our various Board of Education partners about when and how we will be able access these sites. 

Please continue to check our website for further updates.  We thank you for your patience and hope that you and your family are keeping safe and healthy.


May 27, 2020


May 19, 2020

Earlier today, Ontario’s Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce, announced that all publicly funded schools in Ontario will remain closed for the remainder of the school year. As a result, Family Day’s before and after school programs will remain closed.

As we have been doing over the last couple of months, we are taking our direction from the Ministry of Education,  local Officers of Public Health and school boards about when we can open the doors of our Child Care Centre, EarlyON and Summer Camp programs that operate within schools.   We want to assure you that in the meanwhile, we are doing everything we can to ensure that the appropriate health and safety measures are being put in place for when we do reopen.

We thank you for your patience as we work our way through these unprecendented times.  


May 13, 2020

Based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other leading public health officials, yesterday Ontario’s Premier extended the province’s Emergency Order until June 2, 2020.  

When will Family Day programs reopen?   The Ministry of Education will advise child care operators when the mandated closure of licensed child care has been lifted and programs may begin to reopen.  Notice of when Family Day programs will open will be communicated to families by email and also on the Family Day website.  

While Family Day child care programs continue to be closed until further notice, we have transitioned some of our other programs and resources to a virtual platform. 

 


May 6, 2020

Based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other leading public health officials, the Emergency Order closing licensed child care centres and all facilities providing indoor recreational programs, including EarlyON Child and Family Centres, has now been extended by the Premier of Ontario until May 19th, 2020.

While Family Day child care programs continue to be closed until further notice, we have transitioned some of our other programs and resources to a virtual platform. 

Wishing you all good health!


April 24, 2020

On Tuesday, April 14th, Ontario extended its state of emergency for another four weeks and as as result, all non-essential businesses and child-care centres are to remain closed until May 12th.

While Family Day child care programs continue to be closed until further notice, we have been working to transition some of our other programs and resources to a virtual platform.

We are excited to introduce you to EarlyON @ Family Day, our newly created virtual platform that allows us to reach out to families and continue delivering our programs during this time of physical distancing. Please visit our EarlyON Facebook page, where you will be able to find our program schedule posted.  Need help setting up a Facebook account?  CLICK HERE for instructions.

StoryPark is another online platform where we will engage with families and continue to deliver online programs.  Watch for this to be launched in the future!

For information about family wellness and keeping children active and engaged while physical distancing, please go to Keeping children active and engaged at home

We sincerely hope you and your family are keeping safe and healthy!


April 15, 2020

On Tuesday, April 14th, Ontario extended its declaration of emergency for another four weeks. The legislature extended the state of emergency in the province, which will see non-essential businesses and child-care centres closed for another 28 days until May 12th.

As result of the COVID-19 situation, Family Day child care programs continue to be closed until further notice.  We’re transitioning some of our other programs, however, so we can offer them in a virtual format.  We continue to work to support family wellness.  For information about family wellness and keeping children active and engaged while physical distancing, please go to Keeping children active and engaged at home

We hope you are all staying safe and well!


April 14, 2020

Changes to Summer Camp 2020 due to COVID-19

We acknowledge that this is an extremely difficult and uncertain time for a lot of families. In order to better support you during these unprecedented times, Family Day has made the following revisions to our Summer Camp registration process with regards to payment and cancellation requirements:

  • Camp registration continues to be open for families
  • Registration deposits of $185 continue to be collected – no other payments will be collected until summer camp opens
  • Cancellation requests will be accepted and full refunds will be issued (including initial $185.00) received prior to June 12, 2020

Please note: Our standard cancellation policies will be waived during this time

For more information on our Summer Camp program CLICK HERE.


April 10, 2020

Recognizing that COVID-19 has imposed significant financial pressure on working parents, the Ontario government announced yesterday that it is ordering child care centres to stop collecting payments from parents while their facilities are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The emergency order also temporarily protects the spaces of children.

Family Day child care programs (including before and after school and home child care programs) remain closed. We want to again assure you that families will not be charged fees during the closure of our programs.

Wishing you a safe and healthy long weekend.

 

Helping children understand COVID-19

Ideas to help keep children active and engaged at home.


For additional facts and helpful resources:

Ontario Ministry of Health

Public Health Agency of Canada

Peel Region

City of Toronto

York Region


April 8, 2020

On March 17th Ontario Premier Doug Ford declared a provincial state of emergency that was originally set to expire on Tuesday, March 31st.  As promised, this order is being reassessed every two weeks and the Premier recently confirmed that the state of emergency would be extended once again,  this time until May 1st.

As result of the COVID-19 situation, Family Day child care programs continue to be closed until further notice.  We are transitioning some of our other programs, however, so we can offer them in a virtual format.

Family Day continues to work to support family wellness.  For information about family wellness and keeping children active and engaged while physical distancing, please go to Keeping children active and engaged at home

Our very best wishes to you and yours for good health — we hope you are all staying safe and well!


April 1, 2020

On March 17th Ontario Premier Doug Ford declared a provincial state of emergency that was originally set to expire on Tuesday, March 31st.  On the advice of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, the state of emergency has now been extended until Monday, April 13th.  Publicly funded schools continue to remain closed.

As result of the COVID-19 situation, Family Day child care programs continue to be closed until further notice. Where possible, some of our other programs have transitioned to being offered in a virtual format.

While our child care programs are not operating, Family Day continues to work to support family wellness using a variety of virtual platforms.  Please go to our Family Day website for information about family wellness and keeping children active and engaged while physical distancing (https://familydaycare.com/ideas-for-keeping-children-engaged-and-busy-at-home/). 

We will continue to keep you updated as this rapidly changing situation evolves.

From everyone at Family Day, our very best wishes to you and yours — we hope you are staying safe and healthy.


March 25, 2020  |  Noon


March 24, 2020  |  2:00PM

We at Family Day have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and Health Canada’s recommendations regarding social distancing. Our first priority continues to be the safety of our employees, children and their families. 

Public health officials continue to advise that social distancing is the most effective strategy to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and just today, the Province of Ontario issued an order to close all businesses that are not deemed an essential service.  With this in mind, the offices at Gordon Baker are closed until further notice.

We encourage you to please check the Family Day website (www.FamilyDayCare.com) regularly for any updates.  Thank you.



Helping children understand COVID-19

Ideas to help keep children active and engaged at home.


March 13, 2020 | 3:35PM

On March 11th, the Government of Ontario communicated a decision to close schools to manage the spread of COVID-19. As you are aware, this pandemic situation is a very serious one and one which is also changing rapidly. The health and safety of our staff, children and families is our utmost priority.

Effective March 14, 2020 all Family Day programs will be closed including:

  • March Break Programs
  • Child Care Centres
  • Before and After School & Extended Day Programs
  • Home Child Care
  • Homework Plus Programs
  • EarlyON Programs (both in schools and in community locations)

At this point our programs are scheduled to be closed effective March 14th until April 5th.

Will families be required to pay a child care fee?  Families will not be charged a fee for the days that our programs are closed.

How will you know when the programs will reopen?  We will provide updates on our website and on our social media feeds (Facebook | Twitter)


March 12, 2020 | 8:15PM

Based on guidance from Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and the experts at the COVID-19 Command Table, The Ministry of Education has directed all publicly funded schools in Ontario to close for 2 weeks following March break.  All schools will be closed from March 16th until April 5th.

At this point in time, we do not know what the impact to child care programs will be.  We are in communication with our Board of Education partners and as soon as we have more information, we will provide an update. 

Please check back here for updates.


March 12, 2020 | Noon

As of March 11, 2020 The World Health Organization (WHO)  declared that the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis is now a pandemic.

Family Day recognizes that this rapidly changing situation is having an impact on a national scale in Canada, as well as in our local communities. Reducing the risks in our environment for children, families and staff is our top priority. The organization is actively working to reduce the potential risks that the spread of COVID-19 presents. We are actively working hard to identify, plan and prepare for any disruption of our day-to-day business or other threats associated with this pandemic.

What is Family Day doing in our programs? 

  • Taking direction from our local Officers of Health (Public Health Departments) to share and communicate the facts and current information about COVID-19 and how to reduce the risks of infection. This has been ongoing and will continue. (Please see links below.)
  • Stepping up our protocols to increase sanitary practices and procedures. This includes frequent handwashing routines for children and staff in all programs.
  • Taking other measures such as suspending shared sensory/water play. (For children who require sensory experiences, we will continue to provide individual sensory experiences – for example, individual containers of play dough.)
  • Closely monitoring all children for signs and symptoms of illness. Staff will immediately contact parents should we have concerns. 

What is Family Day doing at our head office?

  • Sharing the facts from our local Officers of Health to ensure all staff are advised on the current state and concerns related to the pandemic and the spread of COVID-19, so they self-manage to reduce risk.
  • Ensuring a comprehensive business continuity plan is in place and clearly communicated to staff and other stakeholders as relevant.
  • Immediately cancelling, modifying or postponing large meetings or gatherings to reduce contact between people.
  • Ensure administrative staff have increased remote access to technology to ensure all business-related functions continue with the least disruption as possible.

Although this situation has been identified as a pandemic with very serious associated risks and we are mindful that specific populations in particular are considered at high risk, the risk to healthy children and adults remains low.

Thank you for your cooperation and doing your best with infection control  Please check back for future updates.