Play, Learn  & grow at the pumpkin patch 

978-458-0953

60 Orleans Street Lowell MA 01850 MAP


Opening available now for a 2 or 3 year old M-W-F

Openings for toddlers June 2021

COVID-19, Steps to help curb illness at Pumpkin Patch


Steps I am taking to help prevent illness at our program.

Our opening August 24th will come quickly and I want you to be aware of changes that will be in place in order to help protect all of us from getting sick.


I want all of us to be comfortable with how we plan to clean and disinfect, screen children, families and staff for COVID-19 symptoms, and handle illness.


At this time parents are to wear a mask while dropping off, picking up and while signing your child in and out.


Screening:

You will need to read each question on our sign in form regarding signs of illness. Answering yes to any of the questions will mean that your child may not well enough to stay. You will be required to stay out and follow our sick policy to keep the rest of us from getting sick. (sick policy is posted on the parent bulletin board and in your registration packet)


Adults should only come upstairs into the classrooms when absolutely necessary. You are required to wear a mask, use hand sanitizer and remove your shoes.


Children are not required to wear a mask, I will leave that decision up to the parents. Children will use hand sanitizer as they come in before entering classrooms. Children wash hands often though-out the day, before meals and snacks, upon coming inside from playing outside and after using the bathroom.


Cleaning and disinfecting:

I follow CDC recommendations for keeping surfaces free of germs? This includes cleaning and disinfecting toys, nap materials and surfaces.

My cleaning schedule and routine include placing toys into a plastic tote after each use, at rest time I will clean the toys and replace them. All toys and surfaces will be wiped down with a bleach and water solution that I make up fresh each day. Surfaces will be wiped down as we go through our day. One final cleaning will be done at the close of business, leaving our school fresh and clean for opening the next day. Our school is separate from our living space allowing the school to stay clean.


Social distancing for children:

We will have fewer children enrolled. We plan for more time outside to help reduce the spread of the virus. We have planned for safety during meals, snacks & table activities by using several small tables spread out between the 3 classrooms. During rest time children's mats will be placed head to foot, and spaced apart. While lining up for bathroom use and hand washing, spots will be placed on the floor so children know to keep a distance from each other. Children will be reminded to distance during group activities such as circle time. 50% of toys have been removed to allow for more space and to lessen the amount of surfaces touched.


Testing & isolation:

If someone gets sick in your family, you will be required to follow our sick policy for appropriate action.
If a child starts feeling ill during the day, your child will be isolated until you arrive. You will be required to follow our sick policy for appropriate action before returning.


As I learn more about safe opening procedures and practices I may add steps. As things get better, steps may begin to relax. What I know for sure is that a lot of the changes at Pumpkin Patch will stay in place, as positive change.




As I learn more about safe opening procedures and practices I may add steps. As things get better, steps may begin to relax. What I know for sure is that a lot of the changes at Pumpkin Patch will stay in place, as positive change.


We will have fewer children enrolled. We plan for more time outside to help reduce the spread of the virus. We have planned for safety during meals, snacks & table activities by using several small tables spread out between the 3 classrooms. During rest time children's mats will be placed head to foot, and spaced apart. While lining up for bathroom use and hand washing, spots will be placed on the floor so children know to keep a distance from each other. Children will be reminded to distance during group activities such as circle time. 50% of toys have been removed to allow for more space and to lessen the amount of surfaces touche