COVID 19 Protocol For Early Childhood Centres: Arrival, Screening And Departure Information For Parents

Basseterre, St. Kitts, August 7, 2020 (Education Media Unit) All staff, parents and guardians are required to observe the following Covid-19 protocol for Early Childhood Centres:

Guidelines for Entering a Facility

Identify and use any one of the approved entry points to the centre.

On entering a facility, look for posted signs which would provide clear regulations for entering the compound. The regulations include queuing up at the marked screening area by standing on the visible markers (6-feet apart from another person), wearing facemasks while on the compound, and sanitizing hands.

Screening Area Guidelines and Activities

Parents will encounter two staff members at the screening area. One staff member will perform temperature checks on all staff and children only, while the other is assigned to usher in the children.

The worker accepting babies must be properly attired in an apron and a blanket over their shoulder, which provides a barrier or protection between the worker and the children. Parents of children in the nursery once section are asked to have an extra blanket for the worker who is taking the baby from the parent. This staff member must be re-sanitized before taking each baby. 

Every child would be signed in and out of the regular register.

Once a child or staff member has a temperature that is equal to or greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius, neither child nor staff will be allowed to enter the building. A second temperature reading will be taken half-hour after the first reading to confirm whether there is a sustained elevated temperature.

All temperatures and any related respiratory symptoms will be recorded in a logbook daily. This book is important and will be used for contact tracing, if necessary.


A child or staff member who is sent home because of suspicious signs/symptoms of COVID-19, cannot return to the institution unless a certificate from the doctor or community health nurse indicates the person is well enough to re-enter the school’s population.

Only a responsible adult can bring children to the centre. Children will not be allowed to drop off children at the centre.

Parents are no longer allowed inside the centres. They can only come to drop off or pick up their children. 

Impromptu meetings at the facility between teachers/supervisor and parents will not be permitted. All meetings must be conducted electronically or by strict appointments. 

An on-duty traffic warden must not take children from any means of transportation and bring them to the centre.

Children must not be dropped off from buses unattended.

Any visibly sick or ill staff member or child will not be allowed entry into the centre. Signs of an illness include persistent coughs, runny nose, vomiting, etc.

All staff must wear a facemask upon entry and while inside the institution.

Children will not wear a facemask at any time.

Under supervision, children’s hands will be washed with soap and water, rinsed properly then dried completely. Children will not use hand sanitizers because of the alcohol content, which can irritate their mouth and skin. 

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