Tiny Sprouts Infant Care is following the guidance and directives from the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC as we take extreme care to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all our infants, families, and staff. We have enhanced many of our protocols, such as:
Frequent Handwashing: Children’s hands will be washed after entering the building and being brought to their classroom. All staff will practice increased handwashing throughout the day for themselves and for the infants in their care. Hand sanitizer will not be used for infants but is available in the building as an additional cleansing method for staff.
Cleaning and Disinfecting: Each classroom has a daily/weekly cleaning list that staff are required to follow and sign off on. Items are cleaned using the 3 step (soap, rinse, sanitize) method. High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected throughout the day with Lysol disinfectant wipes. Sanitizing solution used will be made with 1/3 c bleach per gallon of water. All bleach solution is made new each day. Cleaning staff will clean and disinfect all areas such as classrooms, bathrooms, common areas and frequently touched surfaces.
Arrival and Departure Procedures: Parent drop-off and pick-up will occur at the door and parents are not allowed inside the center. Parents are required to wear a mask during drop-off and pick-up. As much as possible, one staff member will be responsible for greeting parents at the door in the AM and, if possible, the same staff member if the afternoon. All infants will have their temperature taken with a forehead thermometer scanner before entering the center. Temperature must be below 100.0.
Health and Wellness: Daily temperature screenings are taken before entering the building. All staff and children entering the building must have a temperature under 100.0. All staff and infants who exhibit symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will be denied entry or sent home and MDH exclusion guidance will be followed. All staff and children must be symptom free for 72-hours to return to Tiny Sprouts. If a child or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19, Management will be in contact with MDH and follow their direction. If a confirmed case has entered the building, regardless of community transmission, per CDC recommendations, Management will coordinate with local health officials and communicate with parents and staff, clean and disinfect thoroughly, and make decisions about a center closure.
Social Distancing: Groups of infants and staff will be consistent between the four classrooms. Intermixing of groups will be limited as much as possible. At nap time, cots and cribs will be spaced out as much as possible. Cots will be placed head to toe. Staff will maintain social distance while talking with each other when possible.
Face Coverings: Tiny Sprouts requires staff to wear face coverings in all communal areas within the facility. Staff will not be required to wear a face covering within their designated classroom to increase visibility of facial expressions and lip movements, which is critical to early childhood development and learning. All staff that float between classrooms will always be required to wear a face covering. All children at Tiny Sprouts are under the age of 16 months and it is not recommended they wear masks per the CDC.
Mealtimes: Infants will be served individually on plates or directly on their highchair tray. All infants eat meals in their own classroom. Highchairs will be spaced out as much as possible during mealtime to avoid sharing of food.
For more information and resources on coronavirus, please visit the CDC Coronavirus Page