February 16, 2021: reopening of FDK and School-age programs

February 5th, 2021 by Anna Gionet No comments »

Dear Families,

As you are all aware, The Province and The Ministry of Education announced that school will resume in Toronto on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. We are happy to notify you that our care for the Kindergarten and School age will also resume on the same day, pending any changes made by The Province and The Ministry of Education. We will continue to follow all required COVID-19 health and safety protocols and adjust these as we receive direction from the Ministry of Education and Toronto Public Health to provide a safe and healthy environment for your children. Please note that we will also be returning to online screening for the Orde Site families starting on Tuesday, February 16 so please check your junk or spam if you don’t receive it that morning. Please note the the screening closes at 12:30 p.m. each day, and each child must have a screening completed prior to attending daycare.

Fees will be adjusted for the month of February to reflect this new return date. Invoices will be sent out in the coming days. We want to thank you for your patience during this time and understand how difficult it may have been for our families during this lock down.

We look forward to having all our families back at the centre and welcome the children back with open “social distant air hugs”.

Stay safe,

Anna

Update on Infant to Preschool Care under Emergency Orders

January 13th, 2021 by Anna Gionet No comments »

Dear Families of Orde Day Care

Today, the Province of Ontario was placed under a state of emergency. School closures to in person instruction will remain in effect until February 10, 2021.

Childcare that support children who are not school aged (Kindergarten to Grade 6) will be allowed to continue to operate their infant to preschool programs. Therefore, Orde Satellite and Orde Daycare will continue to operate our infant, toddler and preschool programs unless further direction is received from the Province or Municipal officials.

We will limit the number of staff at the centre to those who are essential to the operations, to ensure the safety of your children and our staff and respect the direction of Toronto Public Health and the Province of Ontario.

The reduction of staff will have more of an impact at the Orde site and may result in your child being cared for by a staff who typically would not work in the preschool program but who is familiar to your child.

Hours of operation will continue from 7:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m

School age and kindergarten care will not be offered on the upcoming PD day January 15, 2021, as per the Provincial direction.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me directly at admin@ordedaycare.org[mailto:admin@ordedaycare.org] . Please do not reply to all.
Thank you
Anna

Emergency Child Care link for kindergarten and school age children beginning January 4, 2021

January 8th, 2021 by Anna Gionet No comments »
Dear Families of Kindergarten and School age children;
Please see below the link for emergency childcare services available for those eligible workers during the period of online schooling.
Should  you have any additional questions, please email me directly at admin@ordedaycare.org
Thank you

Update on school closures January 4-8 2021

December 23rd, 2020 by Anna Gionet No comments »

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Dear Families of Orde Day Care;
As most of you have heard by now childcare centres will be allowed to continue to operate under the new lockdown measures in Toronto beginning December 26, 2020 with our regular programs- infant through to school age until December 31, 2020.

As of January 4, 2021 all children who attended school will be moved to online learning for one week, till January 8, 2021. The Ministry of Education has mandated that childcare centres can continue to operate our infant, toddler and preschool programs after January 4, 2021 but cannot operate before and after school care to children enrolled in these programs during that week. Fees for these programs will not be charged during the closure period, and any charges upon reopening will be prorated for the month or period of closure. Please see attached.

If you require care for your kindergarten to school age child during this period January 4-8, 2021, the Ministry of Education has provided a list of eligible workers who may apply for this care, which is attached to this email. If you are interested in this care, please email me directly so I can send any information that I receive regarding this care option.

We are unclear at this point if further measures will be imposed by the City of Toronto that will affect the care we are providing for the infant to preschool aged child, but will keep you abreast as we receive any new or changing information.

Along with these announced changes the Ministry of Education has updated their guidance document and requested that we move from the online screening to active, in-person screening as the preferred method to determine if a person may enter a child care premises.
It continues that individuals who do not pass the screening are not permitted to attend the program and must stay home.
The ministry continues to ask that screening criteria is aligned to the provincial tool

Therefore beginning January 4, 2021 we will move back to the in person screening for anyone (children, staff and visitors) entering the childcare. Please adjust your schedules for this in person screening. We also ask that you continue to evaluate the health of your child prior to coming to the daycare, and if there is a symptom associated with COVID-19 present, we ask that your child does not come to daycare, and you contact us to inform us of the symptom/s.

We would like to thank you for your time and understanding as we continue to respond to the requirements and direction of the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Happy Holidays
Anna