September 16, 2020
Dear FCCC Parent or Guardian,
Welcome back! The start to the 2020/2021 school year certainly has been challenging for all of us. We appreciate that most of you are being very patient. As I am sure that you are aware, we are bound by Provincial and Public Health regulations. These regulations and the expectations that go with them, have been changing quite regularly and we expect that they will continue to do so. We are doing our best to provide the best possible care as well as healthy environments for our precious children and valued employees.
Among the many challenges that we are facing, staffing is a big one. The Early Childhood sector was facing a staffing shortage crisis prior to the pandemic. This has now been amplified by those that have chosen to exit the field completely and or need to stay home with their family. Many of our FCCC programs are not fully staffed. Nor do we have enough casual supply staff to back fill for ill and or absent staff. In a perfect world, we would have enough casual staff to assign to specific sites. This would help us to reach our goal of responsibly reducing the risk of exposure to various cohorts. This is going to be almost impossible. If the current trend continues and staff are away for various reasons, we will be facing the tough decision to either mix cohorts within the same school or to temporarily close a program until it can be adequately staffed. This is not what any of us want but unfortunately there are no other options. The site supervisor will continue to communicate the potential of this happening within the specific program that your child attends.
The good news is that our staff and children are really enjoying being back together and spending time outdoors. The fall forecast also looks promising. This week you should be seeing photo documentation of how your child is spending their time with us. There has been lots of great outdoor learning adventures.
Please help us by sending positive thoughts our way and fingers crossed that September continues to go well.
Kim Greek, RECE
Frontenac County Childcare Centre
Do you need childcare in the Kingston area? Childcare spaces are available at our centres. FCCC has 11 locations in the Limestone District School Board.
Call the childcare centre of your choice to register or for more information. Browse the locations and their contact information in their respective Childcare Programs.