It is the policy of Kids Come First (The Centre) that only employees will have direct unsupervised access to children. Under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (the “Act”), volunteers and students are not counted in the staffing ratios requirements for Kids Come First while in operation. Further, the Act provides that no child in a child care centre can be supervised by a person under 18 years of age. As such, volunteers, students and persons under 18 years of age will never left be alone with the children at Kids Come First.
The following are relevant provisions of the Act:
Section 11. Every licensee shall ensure that every child who receives child care at a child care centre it operates or at a premises where it oversees the provisions of home child care is supervised by an adult at all times, whether the child is on or off the premises.
(1) Every licensee shall ensure that each child care centre it operates and each premises where it oversees the provision of home child care has an anaphylactic policy that includes the following:
- A strategy to reduce the risk of exposure to anaphylactic causative agents.
- A communication plan for the dissemination of information on life-threatening allergies, including anaphylactic allergies.
- Development of an individual plan, with input from a parent of the child and the child’s physician, for each child with an anaphylactic allergy that includes emergency procedures in respect of the child.
- Training on procedures to be followed in the event of a child having an anaphylactic reaction.
(2) The anaphylactic policy, the individual plan for a child with anaphylaxis and the emergency procedures in respect of the child shall be reviewed as follows:
- By all employees, before they begin their employment.
- By volunteers and students who will be providing temporary care for or supervision of children at the child care centre, before they begin providing that care or supervision.
- By the home child care provider of a home child care premises, before the child is placed at that premises.
- By volunteers and students who will be providing temporary care for or supervision of children at a home child care premises, before they begin providing that care or supervision.
- By persons who are ordinarily residents of a home child care premises, or who are regularly at the premises, before the child is placed at that premises.
- By each person described in paragraphs 1 to 5, at least annually after the first review and at any other time when changes are made to a policy, procedure or individualized plan.