Physical distancing measures

Physical distancing of at least 2 metres must be maintained between cohorts and should be encouraged, where possible, between children within the same cohort.


Encourage more physical space between children by:

  • Spreading children out into different areas
  • Staggering, or alternating, lunchtime and outdoor playtime
  • Incorporating more individual activities or activities that encourage more space between children
  • Offering increased outdoor play
  • Groupings of children (i.e. separate classes) must remain separate from other groupings within the childcare centre


Limiting direct contact between children and staff:

  • When holding infants and toddlers, use blankets or cloths over childcare providers clothing and change the blankets or cloths between children
  • Avoid getting close to faces of all children, where possible


Distancing between staff

  • Staff should respect the 2-meter recommendations from the Province. Staff should not gather for lunch, break, or other activities. 
  • Staff should not carpool with other staff (even if wearing face masks)


Distancing during pick up and drop off

  • Pick-up and drop-off of children should happen outside the childcare setting unless it is determined that there is a need for the parent/guardian to enter the setting.
  • Staggering pick up and drop off to respect social distancing as much as possible
  • Use of video and telephone interviews should be used to interact with families where possible, rather than in person