What to Expect Upon Arrival
All guests (parents & children) will be asked to wash hands in our cafe kitchen, as well as before they eat
Adults will be asked to verbally complete our health screening questionnaire
Adults will need to resign our waiver (first visit post March 2020 ONLY), as there is now a COVID-19 clause added
Masks for ages 2-5 at the discretion of the adult (per the Commonwealth of Massachusetts guidelines, see below masks FAQ).
Masks required for ages 5+ for the safety of your guests and our employees
Socks are still required for all children & adults in the play area
A deep clean will be completed after every play session
Our critical ask of adults
We have always had a "mouthed toy" bin in the kitchen area and baby room for caregivers to drop in any toys that were in a child's mouth - but now it is more important than ever to please put into the bin ANY toy that your child put in their mouth or that you wouldn't want another child to play with until it was cleaned.
Employees will be giving space/ distance to families playing so we ask for your assistance in removing used toys from active play
Changes We Made
To Keep Your Family Safer at Room to Bloom
NEW gross motor play
Pikler Triangle, Ramp, and Arch added to our space.
Promotes climbing, independence, and freedom of motion (and easy to spray and disinfect!)
Bathrooms - reduced the number of surfaces necessary to touch
Providing disposable liners & disinfectant wipes for changing table
Touch-free paper towel dispensers
Replaced soap dispensers with touch-free
Replaced light switches with motion sensors for lights to turn on/off touch-free
Replaced door stoppers with step release door stopper for touch-free ease
Removed trash can lids to make throwing away items easier and touch-free
Removed bouncer for placing child in while parent uses the restroom -- if your child is too little to stand and wait with you please plan accordingly with a carseat or stroller to put them in
Fresh paint in both bathrooms
Back door to hallway will be left open to keep air circulating
Front door to be left open upon request (you know best if you have a runner in your group!)
Signs on bathroom doors requesting them to be left open when not in use, in order to keep air circulating
Removed the Following Toys to follow Daycare Guidelines
Removed all plush/stuffed animals (frog & bunny plush rockers in the baby room, puppets, pillows, bean bags)
Removed dolls & dress-up clothing
Removed small piece LEGO duplos and magnatiles
Reduced small toys by 50% so there is always a clean batch to swap out
Retail Store replaces Art Room (indefinitely but hopefully not forever!
The art room felt too risky to us given the amount of small, shared items and emphasis on shared sensory experiences
MA guidelines for childcare advise removing sensory tables, play-doh and not to share items like paintbrushes.
We are so EXCITED by all the fun new items we can procure for your family, especially our amazing selection of educational toys and sensory/STEAM/art for home, in addition to Room to Bloom designed activity kits
Cleaning & Disinfecting
Our regular deep clean will be completed after EACH private play session and birthday party
Play structures, rock wall, pikler triangle, etc will be sprayed during every cleaning with our BRU-TAB solution to disinfect surface
Staff members will follow an updated cleaning checklist to include COVID-19 CDC cleaning recommendations.
Staff will be required to submit written responses to our health screening form and these responses will be kept for a minimum of 2 weeks.
Staff agrees to temperature checks upon arrival
Staff will wear a mask at all times
Per the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Do children need to wear face coverings or masks?
Children under the age of 2 should not wear face coverings or masks.
Face covering use by children 2 years of age and up to the age of 5 are encouraged but should be at the discretion of the child’s parent or guardian at this time.
Parents and guardians should ensure that the mask fits snugly and does not obstruct a child’s ability to breathe.
Who is exempted from wearing a face covering?
Exceptions for wearing face masks include situations that may inhibit an individual from wearing a face-mask safely.
These may include, but are not limited to:
Those who cannot breathe safely;
Those who, due to a behavioral health diagnosis, are unable to do so;
Those communicating with people who rely on lip-reading;
Those who require supplemental oxygen to breathe; and
Those who are exercising outdoors and are able to keep physical distance from others.
How does Massachusetts define a medical condition? Must individuals provide proof?
Medical conditions that prevent use of face coverings include difficulty breathing because of lung and respiratory conditions, conditions that require supplemental oxygen, and behavioral health diagnoses that make someone unable to wear a mask.
You are not required to provide proof of your condition.