Childcare

Attendance

Every child being attended to by SLMG caregivers must be accompanied by their parent, who is present in the building. With certain exceptions, children are not permitted in the main meeting room for safety reasons and to provide the parents with “parents only” time.

Childcare Expectations

SLMG provides childcare that consists of babysitting in the infant room and babysitting with age-appropriate toys and activities that may include free play, songs and stories in the toddler and preschool rooms.

The childcare providers are experienced workers, many of which have been with the SLMG for years and who often work for several other groups that meet on different days of the week. They do their best to keep your child happy, comfortable and safe. Sometimes, however, your child may need your attention either for comforting or nursing, at which time the childcare provider will come to the speaker room and ask you to attend to your child.

You are welcome to nurse your infant while enjoying the speaker, but after nursing we encourage you to return your child to the childcare rooms. Sessions tend to be more enjoyable to the parents when visits to the childcare rooms are kept to a minimum.

Labelling

Please ensure you label all items accompanying your child (e.g., diaper bag, clothing, car seats, etc.). Please write your child’s name on the masking tape that is provided and place on your child’s back for easy identification.

Sign-in/out

It is important that on every visit you sign your child/children into their childcare room(s) when you drop them off, and sign them out when you pick them up. In the unlikely event that there is an emergency, we need to be certain of the whereabouts of all the children.

Fire

There is a fire exit in or beside each of the childcare rooms and the caregivers will be responsible for ensuring all children exit the building by the closest and safest door. Parents are asked to meet their children outside the building as this is the safest place for a reunion to take place. Use of exit doors other than the main/front door is prohibited, for security of the children, unless there is an emergency.

Sickness

Hand sanitizers are provided near the Trace Manes building entrance, in the childcare rooms and in the speaker room. Everyone (parents, caregivers and children) is encouraged to use them to help control the spread of illnesses.

We ask you to please follow the following Toronto Public Health guidelines:

1. Stay at home if you are sick.

2. Keep sick children at home, especially if they suffer from:

  • Runny eyes,
  • Rashes,
  • Persistent cough,
  • Green-coloured mucus,
  • Fever (even low-grade), within the last 24 hours, and/or
  • Diarrhea within the last 24 hours, and/or
  • Vomiting within the last 24 hours

3. Wash or sanitize your hands frequently (note the hand sanitizers at the entrance, in the childcare rooms and in the speaker room).

4. Cough or sneeze into a tissue, and if you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm, not your hands.

An SLMG Childcare team member will check the Toronto Public Health and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MoHLTC) website for Flu updates on a regular basis and will relay any updates to the SLMG Executive for communication with the group (e.g. H1N1). SLMG will suspend meetings immediately if advised to by Toronto Public Health and/or the MoHLTC and will only resume meetings once it is safe to do so.

Snacks and Allergies

In an effort to protect those children with allergies, we ask that no food or drink (other than water/juice) be brought into the childcare rooms. SLMG will respect any allergies that are brought to our attention to the best of our abilities. However, SLMG rents rooms from the Trace Manes community center and, therefore, has no control over the people who use the same rooms before we meet. We cannot guarantee an allergy-free environment. Please notify the SLMG childcare team leader of any known or suspected allergies. Parents will be responsible for the administration of any EpiPens.

Infant room (newborn to sitting): To avoid mix ups, please do not leave any bottles in the infant room. If a caregiver thinks that a baby might be hungry, they will ask the parent to come and provide the bottle (which should be clearly labeled with the child’s name) to the caregiver, or breastfeed the baby. The caregiver will feed the baby with the provided bottle if the parent would like to rejoin the speaker.

Toddler room (sitting to 2 ½ years): SLMG will provide cheerios and/or crackers, or the equivalent, which are nut-free.

Preschool room (2 ½ to 5 years): SLMG will provide a simple snack of apple juice and/or water, cheerios and/or crackers, or the equivalent, which are nut-free. Parents may leave a sippy-cup of juice or water for their toddlers or preschool-age children provided it is clearly labeled.

Special Parental Instructions

Should you have any special instructions concerning your child (e.g. allergies, feeding, special needs), please speak to one of the childcare providers or to someone on the childcare team. They will note your instructions and every effort will be made to accommodate your child’s needs.