Parenting during a Pandemic: Summer Childcare

Parenting during a pandemic poses unique challenges: from explaining the current situation with COVID-19, to keeping children entertained at home, to keeping them safe as the world begins re-opening. With summer upon us, new challenges are coming up. In the next few weeks, we will be highlighting different parenting challenges and offering tips and resources to help.

Summer Childcare

As Arizona businesses begin to reopen and people return to work, many parents are wondering whether or not childcare will be available. As of now, it appears that many summer camps and daycare centers are choosing to postpone opening. However, if your child does need to attend a daycare here are some “Do’s” and “Don’ts” to remember:

Consider childcare swaps with another family instead of daycare to minimize the number of contacts

Find out what safety and physical distancing strategies your childcare facility has implemented (Check the CDC’s guidance for childcare programs)

Teach your child about bathroom hygiene and practice hand washing at home so they can be as safe as possible at daycare.
Pro tip: All it takes is a little oil and cinnamon to make a great hand washing lesson for children. Here’s how!   

Before arriving at the childcare center, monitor for symptoms and, if possible, take your and your child’s temperature.

Keep in close contact with the daycare and other families to be aware of any illness that may be circulating.

Parents should reduce contact with others during pick-ups and drop-offs and, if possible, stagger drop-off/pick-up times
Do not bring your children to childcare if anyone in your  home is feeling ill.

Do not allow children under the age of 2 to wear a cloth face covering.

Parents and children should avoid contact with frequently touched, public objects
Parents and children should avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth.

Parents should avoid very crowded childcare centers where physical distancing is not possible.

Children and parents should avoid bringing toys and unnecessary objects to the childcare center.

Grandparents, older adults, ill, or immune-compromised individuals should not drop off or pick up children from childcare if possible.

If you are running a childcare program, view the CDC’s guidance for administrators of schools and childcare programs:

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