Is It Safe to Send Your Child Back to Daycare During COVID-19?

Cleaning will be taken up a notch.

  • Surfaces and objects that are frequently touched will be even more thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.
  • Toys will be disinfected between use.
  • Sensory play (think water tables or sandboxes), plush toys, and anything that would not easily be cleaned between uses will not be permitted.
  • Every child should have their own supplies to limit contact. Shared crayons or scissors, for example, would be harder to clean during an activity.

Since most of us have been home and not challenging our immune systems like we typically would, Dr. Jill says that being too clean and too sheltered can actually make us more susceptible to illness in the coming months, and that definitely goes for kids in child care centers. That’s why proper nutrition, exercise, a good night’s sleep, and frequent hand-washing are more important than ever to boost your family’s immune system.

Still not sure if you’ll be sending your kids back to daycare? Setting up a time to talk to your center’s director—if they haven’t reached out to you already—is the first step to ensure that they’re taking every step necessary to protect your kids. You’ve got to trust your gut and do what feels right for your family—whether that means sending them or keeping them home.