Update August 14, 2020

August 14th, 2020 by Anna Gionet No comments »

Dear Families;
We just received the Guidance Document for Childcare Centres and Before
and After School Programs from the Ministry of Education which outlines the
new requirements set out for September 1, 2020. We have also been in
communication with the both Orde and Contact Alternative schools regarding
their reopening plans and how these will affect our programs come
September. Due the release of this new information and discussions we were
unable to contact you regarding September enrollment. Once we digest and
understand how to work with each school for our reopening phase in
September we will contact you.
We do want to notify all families who are enrolled *at Orde Daycare* that
if you require care as of August 24, 2020 for the full day preschool,
kindergarten and school age programs we will be opening up enrollment for a
limited number of children in each program. Please contact us by August 17,
2020 if you are interested in enrolling for these programs. We will be
giving priority based on the Readmission of Childcare Policy and Procedure.
We want to thank you for continued patience. We have many stakeholders and
governing bodies to engage with to ensure we are all work together to ensure
a safe return for your child.

Update August 11, 2020

August 11th, 2020 by Anna Gionet No comments »

Dear Families
We reopened yesterday at the Orde Site to a small number of children whose families indicated that they were essential workers or were not able to work from home. It was great to see them laughing and playing with their friends after so many months. We will try to spend as much time outside as we can over the next few weeks to reduce any possible exposure for your child and remind children to physically distance as much as possible.
As we prepare for the weeks ahead, we will be contacting you in the next two weeks, if we have not already to confirm if you are still interested in a space for your child in September or late August.
For our preschool program Indra will be contacting you through email you to see if you would like to begin on August 24, 2020 or September 8, 2020.
For our kindergarten and school age programs we are still awaiting details for our before and after school childcare in September. The province indicated that kindergarten and school age programs could run at full ratios, but as each of our child care rooms combine children from different classrooms/cohorts, we are concerned about this increased exposure for your child and our staff. Therefore, we are awaiting further direction from the Province and Toronto Public Health.
Gary and Indra will be contacting you by email to see if you are still interested in a space for late August or early September to see how many children are returning. This will allow us to begin planning our enrollment and room placement. Spaces will be made available based on the priority set out in our Readmission Policy and Procedure.
We will not be enrolling any new children into programs until we hear back from you, therefore we ask that you respond promptly to their email.
The Satellite site is still under construction with a roof replacement. We are currently waiting to hear from the construction manager if our reopening date of August 31, 2020 will go forward as planned. Once I receive confirmation of this date, I will provide a further update to the Satellite parents.

Thank you and stay well;

Anna Gionet
Executive Director
Orde Day Care Centre

July 10th, 2020 by Anna Gionet No comments »

Friday, July 10, 2020

Dear Families of Orde Day Care;

Our Board of Directors met on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 to finalize our reopening plans.

The Orde Day Care location at 18 Orde St, will reopen for care on August 10, 2020, barring any unforeseen circumstances.  We have a maximum of 48 spaces available.  Toronto Public Health and the Ministry of Education have limited group sizes to a maximum of 10 individuals per room. In addition, there are requirements to the adherence of strict health and safety protocols for our centre. As a result, we will be limiting enrollment to a maximum of 24 children for the first two weeks of our re-opening.

The hours of operation will be from 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. to ensure that these strict guidelines are met.

Spaces will be made available based on the Readmission to Childcare Policy and Procedure which has been posted below for you to review.

Families who recently completed our short parent survey and indicated that either both parents or a parent in a lone parent family was an essential worker or were unable to work from home will be contacted by email or phone and be provided with specific details regarding their child’s readmission to the program.

We will also endeavour to continue to provide online zoom meetings for the children from both sites throughout the summer to maintain a connection with your child, their peers and our staff.

Details regarding child care for September are still unknown, as these will greatly impact the operation of the daycare, especially our before and after school kindergarten and school age programs. Once our Board of Directors has a solid understanding of the Toronto District School Board plans for school in the fall, we will communicate how we can continue to support families and children with their care needs.

The Orde Satellite Site date of reopening is planned for August 31, 2020 pending no further delays due to construction which is currently underway at this site. We will keep you posted of any changes which would ultimately affect the reopening date.

The hours of operation for this satellite location will be 8:00 a.m.-4:15 p.m.

When we are assured of the construction completion date, we will offer spaces based on the above noted policy and procedure.  We will contact families who expressed an interest in returning in the last parent survey and meet the priority criteria for space.   We will again be limited to a maximum of 24 spaces at this location.

I want to thank you for your continued support and patience. I recognize that it has been a very trying time for all, but especially so for those with children.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you,

Anna Gionet R.E.C.E.
Executive Director, Orde Day Care Centre


Readmission into Childcare Reopening Phase Policy and Procedure

Created: June 24,2020, revised July 7, 2020

Reference: Ministry of Education guidance June 10, 2020, Eligibility for Emergency Childcare Ontario Covid-19

Date Approved by the Board of Directors: July 7, 2020


Upon the reopening of childcare due to the closure from the Emergency Order, Orde Day Care must abide by limits to our enrollment outlined by Toronto Public Health and the Ministry of Education. The limiting of space requires Orde Day Care to make significant changes to our current admission policy and staff to child ratios.

Orde Day Care Centre will provide transparency and equity in the readmission of children into the childcare when space is limited.  Communication regarding our re enrollment process is key to ensuring a clear understanding of our process.

Priority for space for currently enrolled children upon reopening:

  1. Returning families, two parent or lone parent who are considered an essential workers as defined by the province at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/child-care-heatlth-care-and -front line-staff.
  2. Two parent families or lone parent families who cannot work from home with priority for space given to families of youngest aged children or a child requiring additional care needs i.e. a kindergarten aged child would be provided a space before a school aged child
  3. A two-parent family where one parent is a front line/ essential service worker and the other parent can work from home with priority for space given to the youngest aged children or a child requiring additional care needs i.e. a preschool child would be provided a space before a school aged child
  4. A lone parent family who can work/study from home or a two-parent family, of one parent is a student, other parent is employed, self employed or in school
  5. A two-parent family who can work/study from home

Date of Admission:

When all requirements for admission ie priority for work requirement and age of child are equal and the need for space exceeds our current capacity, the date of family’s admission into Orde Day Care will be used as a defining factor.

New Admissions during Reopening phase:

No new children will be admitted into the daycare during the reopening phase. Once all currently enrolled children are admitted into the daycare, any available spaces will follow our previous admission policy.

Update on reopening plans

June 24th, 2020 by Anna Gionet No comments »

Friday, June 19, 2020
Dear Families of Orde Day Care;
Thank you for your patience while our Board of Directors and Management team continue to navigate through these unprecedented times.
Our Board of Directors met on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 and reviewed the requirements that Orde Day Care must incorporate into our programs prior to reopening and on a going forward basis.
The information conveyed in this letter is based on the information the Board and Management team had at that time, and may be subject to change due to the ever-evolving directives from our municipal and provincial partners.
The centre must:
a) first and foremost, feel confident and secure in providing quality care to our children while mitigating the health and safety risks to our children, families and staff members
b) develop a number of new policies and directives, based on a guidance document which was just released on Tuesday, June 16, 2020.
c) train staff, with yet to be released training modules from the Toronto Public Health
d) complete a risk assessment of the program, which we still cannot undertake due to restrictions from the Toronto District School Board while they develop protocols for childcare centres located in schools
e) greatly reduce the number of children in a classroom with the staff to a total of 10 individuals per room, where there have been typically 16- 30 children dependent on the age of child
f) redesign our programs and activities to encourage social distancing without having a negative impact on the emotional well being of our children
g) increase our expenses with the purchase of personal protective equipment for the staff
h) increase our already stringent cleaning and disinfecting procedures
i) develop an equitable system to offer the limited spaces that we will have available
j) redeploy staff to work in programs in a way that respects their collective agreement and employment rights
k) relocate the Satellite site program due to a roof and air handling replacement which makes the building uninhabitable for the children and staff during the renovation
l) ensure the continued financial viability of the centres during and after the pandemic
All of these initiatives are to be completed without full details from the Province regarding funding to support childcare during this closure and reopening, along with the centre’s commitment to keep parent fees at their pre closure rates.
Given the extent of the challenges the Centre must face, the following decisions were made
1. Orde Satellite has been deemed unavailable for occupancy until the roof renovation and the replacement of the air handling units are completed. This work was originally scheduled to begin at the end of June and continue until the last week of August. Given that the school has been vacant, work began last week. We hope that we will be able to reopen at this location before the end of August. At the time of writing this letter a suitable relocation site for this group had not been secured to provide an earlier opening, as it must meet the diverse and unique requirements for our youngest children. We understand the hardship this causes for our children and their families, but we have many concerns relocating the children to an unfamiliar environment, that is not designed for them nor properly equipped, especially during a time when new requirements and restrictions are in place due to the pandemic. We will however continue to review our options and keep you apprised of the situation.

2. The Orde Site will look to reopen first for essential/front line workers for preschool, kindergarten and school aged children in the coming months. We have provided a link at the end of this letter for families to identify if they are an essential/front line worker (i.e. emergency services, grocery/pharmacy, childcare employee), or if they need care because their employment cannot be carried out at their home
Please complete this very brief survey below to ensure that we are prioritizing our emergency care to our front line/essential workers/families. If you are able to work from home for the remainder of the summer, we ask that you do not complete this survey.

3. We will work toward a reopening when the TDSB has once again permitted us access to the space and the Centre has passed our regulatory inspections and staff training that is required by our licensing and regulatory bodies.
4. We estimate that this reopening will be anywhere from mid July to end of August.
5. A lottery system will be used if the need for care exceeds our current capacity for rooms for both essential/front line workers and then those for individuals who cannot work from home. Details of this will follow.
6. We will run at reduced hours of operation to ensure strict health screening, cleaning and disinfecting can be completed to mitigate the risk to your child, family and our staff.
The hours of operation will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Parents will not be allowed into the centre to drop off and pick up their child. Details regarding our drop off and pick up procedures will be communicated to those families who secure a space.
7. We will stagger the opening of classrooms, with 1-2 classes being available upon reopening, and gradually increase this number as we move forward with a maximum of 6-7 classrooms.
8. Families that are not comfortable returning or we were unable to provide you a space due to our reduced capacity will be contacted once the we can increase our enrolment. We must wait for further direction from our licensing bodies before any changes to the enrollment can occur.

We hope you understand the difficult and complex decisions that were made on behalf of the parents/families of Orde Day Care. These decisions were not made lightly and took into consideration the health and well being of the children, families and staff during the very unusual and uncertain time.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Executive Director for further information.


Sole Fernandez
Chair, Orde Day Care Board of Directors