The health and well-being of the Mighty Bambinis community is our top priority. We will work to mitigate risks to protect the health of everyone in our community. While no single action will eliminate the risk of COVID-19, we will work with our children, families and staff to implement interventions that will reduce the risk of spread.
The structure of our program has built-in universal precautions- all outside, vaccinated teachers and a focus on hand hygiene and other health & safety best practices. We are following guidance for childcare and day camp programs. For the 2022-2023 school year, masks are optional except following return to school after staying home from illness*.
We also recommend children change clothes and wash when they get home. And of course, we practice hand washing before meals, arrivals and dismissals, before and after first aid/contact with bodily fluids, toileting, etc. See more details below regarding safety practices.
Every experience, no matter how difficult, is an opportunity for positive growth — we recognize that in the long-term, this is an experience that we will get through together, and that has the potential to make us and our children stronger and more resilient.
Flexibility and Adaptability. Childcare has been one of the first essential businesses to re-open and stay open through this pandemic, however, some aspect of planning are out of our control. We will remain agile as we adapt to new ways of being together. We are following the current Marin County Guidelines.
Communication. Communication with families will be clear, regular and timely.
*All COVID related policies are subject to change based on current COVID guidance.
COVID Safety Protocols
We are following the safety guidelines outlined by each county our programs run in. Please read the current guidelines for Marin County here.
What this means for our programs:
Outdoor program - children and educators are not required to wear masks
Families and staff submit daily health checks
As for travel we ask that you follow CDC guidelines for travel. CDC travel guidelines can be found here:
We understand that there are strong feelings about the masking requirements in all directions. Our policy is leads with our values at the program.
We want to foster connection between educators and children and children with other children.We want children to laugh with abandon, hug tightly, connect deeply, cry cathartically, and play freely. We educators want to play and soothe your children with warmth and closeness. We will make the right decision about health and safety at our program at different times given information and guidance from Public Health and in partnership with our parents and staff.
How many children can be in the same cohort?
We have just one cohort of children. There will about a 1:5 ratio of children to educators.
Do children need to wear masks at Mighty Bambinis?
No. We will whole-heartedly support children in being successful in wearing mask if this is the preference of the family, however, pretty much all families are opting to send their children without a mask currently.
Do summer camp, sports camp and or childcare personnel need to wear masks or face coverings while teaching?
Current guidelines do not require fully vaccinated people to wear a mask outdoors.
Will you require 6 feet of distance between students?
Playing with other children and being physically helped by teachers are important elements for healthy connection and socio-emotional development for young children. In caring for the holistic needs of children, we are not going to social distance since our program has so many other built-in universal precautions such as being outside.
What are the best practices our program has adopted for a safe and sanitary environment?
Families fill health checks daily including verifying child’s temperature at the beginning of each day.
Teach and reinforce washing hands and covering coughs and sneezes among children and staff
Support children in wearing masks when requested by parents and anytime indoors.
Sanitize the travel potty before and after each child’s use.
Wash hands for 20 seconds using water and soap or hand sanitizer and compostable wipes (We will pack in and out trash daily)
How should parents/guardians safely drop off children for Mighty Bambinis?
Before the day, parents will be asked to submit a daily health screening - checking for temperature and answering questions about COVID contact, travel, etc. Parents/guardians should also avoid carpooling to and from the program- unless they are in the same cohort. Parents will electronically sign in and out using our parent communication platform Brightwheel.
What is your refund policy?
As a year-round childcare, there are no refunds for days missed due to any reason (vacations, quarantine, sickness). However, families can provide the program with 60 days notice of un-enrollment at anytime. In the event, our director feels that our program can not adequately meet the needs of your child and we recommend you seek alternative care, we will work with your family on a timeline to unenroll and prorate fees for unused days.
What if someone in a household of a child gets COVID-19?
That child will not be able to attend our program until they are testing negative or by Day 11 regardless of testing result after.Please bring in a negative test to return. All families will be notified immediately. Unfortunately, since we rely parent fees to operate our program and pay staff and location, no refund will be processed for missed days which is customary in Bay Area programs.
Thank you for your patience - We will update this periodically.