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The happiness and safety of our babies and toddlers have always been our top priority. We are providing adventures for the youngest and snuggliest population on the planet, who need our most dedicated care from the point of entering the departure lounge to disembarking the plane.

 

Given the COVID dynamics, our on-board safety procedures have changed a bit in order to maintain the highest safety standards! Last year we took a fine-tooth comb to our practices and processes, revisiting every step to ensure that our sessions are as safe as can be. That included different class layouts, prescribed sitting arrangements, recalibrated adventures, new props, special training for our flight crew, and a whoooole lot of sanitizer!

 

For the more technical minded, what all of this means is that Lullaland sessions will run in accordance with government guidelines and the Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Practice Guidance in regard to COVID-19.

 

Based on the latest Public Health announcement of August 3rd and the City of Winnipeg announcement on August 6th, Lullaland is making some changes to its operations. Please see the Lullaland COVID Safety Plan below for a look at what is being implemented in your sessions.

 

It’s important to note that as rules loosen or new recommendations come out from MB Public Health or the City of Winnipeg, Lullaland may change any of the below polices at any given time.

Lullaland COVID Safety Plan
Updated August 2021

Before coming to Lullaland

By attending a Lullaland class you are declaring that to the best of your knowledge you and your child can answer ‘no’ to all of the screening questions below:

  1. Are you or your little one experiencing symptoms suggestive of COVID-19?

  2. Have you or your little one been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?

  3. Are you or your little one awaiting a COVID-19 test result?

 

If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’ for either your or your child, it will not be safe for you to attend Lullaland so you must remain at home in line with government guidelines.

 

These questions will be posted or asked before each Lullaland class so please be prepared to answer them. A Lullaland team member will also verify your name and phone number for continued Contact Tracing.

As per the public health order, 14 days of self-isolation (quarantine) is required for all individuals returning to or coming to Manitoba from all jurisdictions, unless the individual is exempt in the order from quarantine.

 

Vaccinations

Grownups will be required to show proof of vaccination to participate in Lullaland class. We ask that grownups are ready to show their vaccination QR code or vaccination card as soon as they arrive at the venue. It's important to mention that Lulalland staff are required by the government to refuse entry if you are unable to show proof. Please note Lullaland staff are double vaccinated.

 

Arriving at your class

We’ve put in place new procedures for grown ups to follow when arriving and leaving Lullaland. We will only open our class doors 10 minutes before each class to allow for extra time for disinfecting. Grownups who arrive earlier than this may be asked to wait outside the venue space or building to ensure groups of people aren’t gathered in the foyers or hallways. When the doors do open, feel free to come in to get settled in a spot with your baby.

 

Cleaning hands

Prior to entering the room grownups will be required to either wash their hands or use the hand sanitizer provided at the entry station. You’ll also be required to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after every diaper change, after coughing or sneezing, and upon leaving the venue. Where possible, please clean your toddler’s hands ahead of class. Babies will not be required to sanitize their hands.

 

 

Removing Footwear

All grown ups will be required to remove footwear on arrival. Please wear or bring socks to wear during class. This will not be a requirement for babies or toddlers.

 

Class Capacity

As we will be maintaining social distancing in our classes so you can expect to have a smaller number of grown ups and young ones on your adventure. The number of participants will vary slightly from venue to venue and smaller classes will just mean more focused attention from your Lullaland leaders!

 

Guests

In order for us to effectively manage capacity and social distancing, we’re no longer able to accommodate guests and therefore a maximum of 1 grown up per child will be allowed. In the event that an additional grown up arrives to class, they will be asked to wait outside the venue for the duration of the class.

 

Furthermore, we are also not able to accommodate other children or siblings in our classes. For the safety of everyone we ask for your fullest cooperation with this.

 

Class Layouts

Grown ups will be expected to bring their own yoga mat to class. This will be you and your little ones home base for Lullaland your adventure. Our team will indicate where to place your mat and floor markings will be spaced 2 meters apart from other participants in class.


 

Maintaining Social Distances

We respectfully ask that grown ups are mindful of maintaining social distancing for themselves and baby at all times. We appreciate this will be more difficult for mobile babies but ask that you remain mindful of your baby’s wanderings to ensure safe distance is kept between little ones.

 

We do appreciate that this is a harder task with toddlers. ELCC guidelines state that when social distancing in a group is challenging due to children’s ages, it's reasonable for individuals to be closer to one another when necessary. Although we will still endeavor to keep distance between participants, before registering, grown ups need to be aware that strong-minded and energetic toddlers will make this difficult, and accept that by joining the class that some contact with other toddlers may occur. Grown ups will still be expected to maintain social distancing at all times.

 

Lullaland leaders will also be minimizing physical contact with everyone as best as they possibly can.

 

Face Masks 

Grownups will be required to wear a face mask at all times while at Lullaland. Lullaland staff will also be wearing a mask at all times.

 

Cleaning 

To minimize the risk of cross-contamination, frequent and thorough cleaning and disinfection will continue to take place. This will include not only class equipment and props, but also contact surface areas such as doors, door handles, ledges, etc. If grown ups would like to sanitize their own mat on arrival, we will have anti-bacterial spray and paper towel available.

 

If your baby happens to:

  1. Spit up - don’t worry! We know this often happens often. Just let a Lullaland leader know and we can help to clean and sanitize your props and/or surrounding area.

  2. Needs a diaper change - Please bring your own change mat/diapers as we can no longer provide our communal change area.


 

Adaptations to Adventures

The following adaptations have been made to our program to ensure we maintain social distancing and minimize physical distance with Lullaland staff. Here are some of the changes you can expect to see.

 

a) Props

Please note that any props distributed are for your and your baby’s personal use for the session. They are fully sanitized prior to your class and/or used only by you and your baby that day. Please do not share them with others in the room and leave them at your station when leaving.

 

b) Activities and the use of:

  • Parachutes will unfortunately not be used in this upcoming fall term

  • Puppets/Plush animals - instructors will maintain physical distance while operating puppets

  • Tummy Time / Parallel play scenes - our adventure scenes will no longer be encouraging babies to come in close proximity of each other, but rather, sensory props will be used at your personal stations for you to explore with your little one

  • Singing - We ask that all singing is done gently and directed towards your own little one

Posted Signage 

You can expect to see new signs in our classes as helpful reminders on: 

  • Manitoba regulations on when to stay home 

  • Hand washing and use of sanitizer

  • Social distancing 

  • Removing shoes

Leaving Lullaland 

In order to maximize proximity of participants between classes and to allow for extra time to sanitize, we respectfully request that grownups leave promptly after their session. We have adjusted class schedules to allow for this, but it will only be effective if participants are prompt at exiting.

 

But we know in some cases babies need a feed - and they aren’t ones to be patient especially when hungry(!) If your little one urgently needs a feed at the end of class, do not worry. Stay where you are, do what you have to do and leave when your little one is feeling content enough to move on.

 

We ask that you wash or sanitize your hands as you leave the building.

 

Sick policy

If you or your little one is unwell you should not attend class. Individuals should self-isolate if they: 

 

  • Are experiencing symptoms suggestive of COVID-19; 

  • Are a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19; or,

  • Are awaiting a COVID-19 test result

 

An up–to-date list of symptoms can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/about/index.html

 

Anyone who is unsure whether they or their child should be tested and self-isolate, should be directed to the COVID-19 Screening Tool at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/


If you or your little one has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and you have attended one of our sessions within the past two weeks, please report this to Lullaland as soon as possible.

 

In the event you cannot attend a class due to illness, we will do our best to offer you a place in another class. Unfortunately, makeup classes may be difficult to arrange at this time due to class capacities being limited. With that said, we will do everything we can to accommodate you in another class at some point during the term. We can’t make guarantees, but we will try our best to offer a make-up class when you and your baby are both feeling better.

 

If you cannot attend your session because you or your child are unwell, we need you to give Lullaland as much notice as possible. If participants across all locations and classes work collectively to give notice for missed classes, there will be a greater chance that make-up classes can be arranged. Remember we do have our ‘gift a class’ policy, where you can let a friend and baby experience Lullaland on your behalf - visit our T&C’s for more info on that. 

 

If your class time has passed and you were unable to give advance notice of your absence, we will not be able to offer a make-up class as your spot was already held.

In the event that Lullaland staff are unable to run a class due to sickness or family sickness/emergency, Lullaland will cancel the class and let you know via email. If your session is cancelled, you will be offered an alternative session at a later date, potentially after the end of the term.

 

 

Contingency Planning

As parents ourselves, we’ve become used to having backup plans for our backup plans if the unexpected happens. In the unfortunate event that the government directs us to stop classes due to a change and increase in COVID-19 cases, the remaining sessions for that term will be cancelled. We may offer the option for you to resume classes online. However, if you prefer, we will also offer a refund the remaining classes that we were forced to cancel.

 

 

Respecting our staff

Our staff will be working their hearts out to ensure everyone has a wonderful experience. Please note that Lulalland staff are required by the government to ask anyone who does not follow these guidelines to leave the class and may refuse attendance to any future sessions if someone’s refusal to comply with the guidelines puts others at risk. Ultimately this situation has shown us that our safety and wellbeing can only be assured if we all show consideration and care for another. We ask all our lovely participants to be our partners in this endeavor, so that we can all enjoy being with our young ones and with one another safely.

 

We’re now cleared for take-off!

We couldn’t be more excited to welcome you and your little one aboard!  If you have any questions regarding the above please don’t hesitate to contact us or feel free to visit our FAQ’s page where we address COVID-related questions, what to bring to Lullaland, and much more!

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