Procedure for COVID-19
Pumpkin Patch Child Care Procedure for Covid-19
We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of all our families and staff. The following procedures have been put into place until further notice. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we continue to navigate through this uncertain time. Please plan accordingly because it may require some extra time during drop off/pick up times.
Exposure to Covid-19 or Positive Test Results
All families and staff MUST inform Pumpkin Patch Child Care if any child or family member has been in close contact with a person who has been exposed or tested positive for Covid-19.
Any child or staff that has symptoms or tested positive for Covid-19 will not be permitted to return to school/work until it is approved by a doctor note or the 14-day quarantine has passed.
If a child, family member or staff have been exposed or has tested positive, we will contact our Westbrook Local Health Department and follow their guidelines for proper protocol to properly sanitize the full environment for the health and safety of all others. Please be aware that they may require us to close for a period of time, while we properly sanitize the facility.
All staff are required to wear masks or some form of facial covering.
Children are not required to wear masks/face covers. Parents may choose to have any child 2 years or older wear them. Children under the age of 2 should not wear a mask/face covering.
We ask that parents wear a mask/face covering at drop off/pick up times or maintain the 6ft social distancing when possible from staff taking children at the door.
Drop Off & Pick Up Procedure
At Drop Off/Pick Up times: If a family is already at the door, we kindly ask that you maintain the 6 feet social distancing. Please wait until the front door area or playground gate area is clear before approaching.
All children will be screened at drop off before entering the building. We ask for parents to assess their children daily for signs and symptoms related to Covid-19 or any other illnesses prior to coming to Pumpkin Patch.
Prior to entering the building, we will take each child’s temperature and check for any observable signs/symptoms of illnesses. Any child with a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit will not be permitted to enter the building.
Children with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher must be symptom free, with no medication for 72 hours prior to returning to the center.
Children with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher and has other signs/symptoms of illness parents MUST consult the child’s pediatrician and get a doctor note to return.
Parents and other caregivers will not be allowed into the building. Please be sure your child has a backpack with any belongings needed for the day/week (diapers/wipes, naptime blanket for toddler classes, changes of clothing, bottles/formula, lunch, and water play items (towel, swimsuit, water shoes).
Should your child become ill or have an elevated temperature, we will immediately isolate the child in a room away from all other children. The child will be supervised by a staff member until pick up.
The parent will be required to immediately pick up or plan for an alternate pick up person if they cannot get here within an ½ hour- hour.
The sick child will not be allowed to return until they are symptom free without any medication (Tylenol, Advil, etc.…) for 72 hours, or has a doctor note.
Upon entering the center, the children will be assisted by their teacher to put their items away in the appropriate place. The infant and toddler children will then be assisted in washing their hands. The Preschool and School age children will be directed to go wash their hands.
All staff must cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue or the corner of their elbow. All parents and staff should encourage children, when appropriate, to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the corner of their elbow. All soiled tissues will be disposed of immediately after each use, followed by hand washing.
All staff and children must adhere to regular hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as follows:
o Before encountering the children
o After sneezing, coughing, or nose blowing
o After using the restroom
o Before & After handling food
o Before & After going outside
o After touching any shared equipment, toys, and books
All toys are sanitized between after each use and given time to air dry.
All Plush toys and dress up has been removed from the classrooms.
Toddler children have been given a labeled box with their own set of crayons.
Preschool children were given a labeled box with crayons, glue sticks and a pencil.
School Age children were given a pencil box with crayons, markers, colored pencils, erasers, glue stick and pencil.
Paint Brushes will not be shared and will be sanitized after each child uses it before being given to next child to use.
We will spend as much time as possible outside, weather permitting.
Sandboxes will be closed until further notice.
Please send your child in daily with a water bottle. We will refill them with fresh cold water throughout the day. The children will have access to their water bottle all day and will bring it outside with them.
Playground equipment and toys will be sanitized between groups, during quiet time and at end of day.
Preschool and School Age classes will not nap. They will have a quiet time after eating lunch where they will look at/read a book while teachers
clean the classroom. (If your child has required summer reading for school, please let us know and we will make sure your child reads the book they brought from home.)
Infants and Toddlers will have a labeled assigned crib or cot for their individual use.
Cots will be sanitized after naptime daily. Cribs will be sanitized at the end of each day.
Parents may choose to provide a cot sheet with their blanket to be used at naptime. We will wash these items at the end of the week and put the items back in your child’s naptime bin for the next week.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Practices
We have enhanced our cleaning throughout the day.
All handles, doorknobs, sinks, bathrooms, and commonly high touched areas are being cleaned multiple times throughout the day.
Floors are mopped multiple times throughout the day.
Carpets vacuumed daily and sprayed with Lysol at end of day.
Travel Advisory Policy
Pumpkin Patch Child Care & Early Education Center LLC, understands that our program could be impacted by Executive Order 7BBB, issued by Governor Ned Lamont, effective June 25, 2020, which states that anyone traveling into Connecticut from a state:
that has a new daily positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents,
with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average or is directed to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state.
To maintain the health and safety of all staff, children and families, the Pumpkin Patch Child Care & Early Education Center, LLC is implementing the following mandatory requirements:
Children, Employees & Families Traveling from any of the impacted states:
Must notify Pumpkin Patch in writing the state and arrival date for the impacted state you will be visiting and the date you will be returning to Connecticut.
Such travelers are directed to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the impacted state before returning to the center.
During the 14-day quarantine employee understands this is an unpaid time off.
Only travelers who are unable to quarantine for the required 14-day period should consider a testing alternative. Those travelers should have a negative test for COVID-19 in the 72 hours prior to arriving in Connecticut. If a test was obtained in the 72 hours prior to travel but the result is still pending at the time of arrival in Connecticut, travelers should remain in quarantine in Connecticut until the test result is received. If the test result is positive and the traveler is asymptomatic, the traveler should self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the test. Travelers who test positive for COVID-19 prior to traveling to Connecticut should delay such travel and consult with a medical professional.
Travelers and those residents who are returning from impacted states should self-quarantine at their home, or a hotel or other temporary lodging.
Does not apply to any individual passing through impacted states for a limited duration through the course of travel. Examples of such brief passage include, but are not limited to, stopping at rest stops for vehicles, or layovers for air travel, bus travel or train travel.
Workers traveling from impacted states to Connecticut who work in critical infrastructure as designated by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, including students in exempt health care professions, are exempted from this travel advisory when such travel is work-related. This includes any state, local, and federal officials and employees traveling in their official capacities on government business.
Alternate Pick Up:
If someone on your child’s Emergency & Non-Emergency pick up lists has traveled to or are visiting from an impacted state. Such person will not be allowed to drop off or pick up at the center until they have self-quarantined for the required 14-day period. You will need to make alternate pick up arrangements in order to maintain the safety of the center. Quarantine is the best option to prevent spread of disease. However, if a 14-day self-quarantine is not possible, children, families, and staff upon returning to Connecticut can choose to get a Covid-19 test done 72 hours prior to returning to the center. You will need to show proof of a negative viral test (not an antibody test) for COVID-19 in the 72 hours prior to return.
This list of states is fluid and will be updated weekly on the Connecticut Travel Advisory webpage.
We will also post an updated list on our front door.
For additional information you can access:
The State of Connecticut maintains an information page related to the travel advisory and all state residents are urged to consult it regarding their travel and any subsequent need for self-quarantine. This information is available at: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Travel
The CDC guidance for travelers is available at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html
Childcare & Early Education Center
Pumpkin Patch Childcare & Early Education Center is a family-owned business that has been serving families in Connecticut for over 35 years. We provide children with a loving, nurturing, and safe environment to learn, play, and grow. Our qualified and highly dedicated teachers offer before and after school care to children aged 6 weeks to 12 years in a stimulating atmosphere. Our center is state licensed and conveniently located in Westbrook, CT, servicing the Westbrook and Clinton school systems. We offer full-time, part-time, and occasional care to accommodate your busy schedule!
Why Choose Pumpkin Patch?
Premium Preschool at an Affordable Price
Full-time, Part-time, and Occasional Care
State Licensed Since 1986
Hours: 6:30am – 6:00pm
Servicing the Clinton and Westbrook School Systems
Curriculum Praised by Elementary Teachers
Programs for Children Aged 6 Weeks to 12 Years
Before and After School Programs
Highly Dedicated and Qualified Teachers
First Aid, CPR Certification, Medication Administration Certification
Coded Entrance and Cameras Indoors and Outdoors
News & Announcements
Pumpkin Patch is now accepting enrollment for all programs!
We offer before and after school care for ages five to twelve.
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