Reopening of crèches: how many children are received in June?

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The reception criterion will gradually expand so that it is no longer only reserved for children from priority families, announced the city of Paris.

[Mise à jour du 1er juin à 14h56]. Since May 11, health protocol about the childcare arrangements imposes strict measures, which should not change in June. On the other hand, the reception criteria should be broadened. Indeed, crèches, micro-crèches, parental crèches, drop-in daycares or even kindergartens could not accommodate more than 10 babies and certain parents had priority (health professionals, parents forced to resume an activity and unable to telecommute, children with disabilities, single-parent families or single parents …).

From June 2, the government wants more children to be taken in. The reception criteria should therefore be gradually widened so as to no longer be reserved only for children from priority families.. In Paris for example, “the number of children admitted increased from 2000 to 4500, with a potential of 6000 available cradles“, specifies the city which carries out a census near the families in order to determine the needs for the months of June, July and August. The parents will thus have to answer a questionnaire sent by email and by SMS. Consequently, according to the structures of welcome from early childhood, babies could be welcomed 20 instead of 10.

However, “the establishments will probably not be able to respond favorably to all the requests for reception that will be made”. Also, part-time reception could be offered to families. If the crèche remains closed, the child may also be accommodated in another structure. In addition, depending on the places available, “priority will be given to requests for reception from families belonging to priority categories, as well as to single-parent families or bi-active couples of which at least one of the members cannot telework ” specifies the city of Paris. In addition, babies registered in daycare during the year, on full-time or continuous days, will have priority. Finally, remember that families who do not get a place in a crèche will not be billed.

Faced with a health situation unprecedented in our recent history, the reception of young children must adapt to allow their parents to resume their activity. We are aware that these rules will weigh on the exercise of professionals and parents. But these are the rules that will limit the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible ” said Christelle Dubos.

Wearing a mandatory mask for early childhood professionals

“When the nurseries reopen, we will stick to what is done in hospital nurseries“said Elsa *. For example, early childhood professionals wear masks which they remove when they are more than a meter away from the child so that the child can see their faces.”However, we note that babies are not “terrorized” in the presence of an adult who wears a mask and that after a period of adaptation, the children are doing perfectly“.

Masks are mandatory for all early childhood professionals “when it is impossible to respect the physical distance of at least 1 meter with children and when traveling or grouping between professionals. The same is true for other people present in childcare centers (spouse, children over 10, etc.) The wearing of a general public mask is also compulsory for parents when interacting with professionals.

Remember that for children under 0-3 years old, wearing a mask is prohibited. For kindergarten and elementary school students (children from 3 to 10 years old), wearing a mask is not recommended.

Hand washing

Early childhood professionals must wash their hands in the morning before contact with children, food, before and after each change or visit to the toilet, after blowing their nose, coughing or sneezing, at least every two hours. The little ones will also have to wash their hands on arrival, before and after the meal, the nap, the change or the passage to the toilets and before their departure. However, hydroalcoholic gel is not recommended for toddlers due to the risk of ingestion.

Health measures to change babies

Currency exchange plans are disinfected in the morning or in the evening, and the equipment (wipes, diapers, gloves, towels, etc.) must be prepared beforehand. Diapers and waste should immediately be thrown in a bin with a lid opening without hands, with a lined bin bag. The changing table must be cleaned between each change and the space must be disinfected at least twice a day (taps, sink, etc.).

Rules for dropping off your baby

To limit the risk of the virus spreading, parents will no longer enter reception areas. “Instead, we can make a reception on the ground, that is to say that the father or the mother deposits his child and that an early childhood professional would then pick him up“.

Daily cleaning of the premises

The premises must be cleaned daily and more complete disinfection must be carried out in the event of Covid-19. “We will wash everything, every day and we even ask for two sets of toys, to allow the Monday games to be washed on Tuesday. They would then be put back into service on Wednesday and so on to alternate every other day. ” Otherwise, fabrics should be washed at 60 ° C and wooden toys will be replaced with plastic toys.


In this epidemic period, the recommendations are more strict with toddlers: ban on gathering times, or joint activities with babies so that children do not meet. “We could also suggest to the section ways to make a toboggan, and the next day, it would be the turn of the older section, with disinfection in the meantime”.

And in kindergartens?

For Isabelle, Atsem and founder of the Atsem National collective, it is almost impossible to respect social distancing with toddlers. In nursery school, for example, children are often not clean:“we change them regularly, because sometimes there are small accidents” says the early childhood specialist. The promiscuity is therefore great: “in addition to pedagogical and educational aid, children’s hygiene is essential. We help them dress, take off their shoes, blow their noses … “

The recommendations of the Academy of Medicine

In a press release of April 23, the Academy of Medicine recommended, with a view to the reopening of the nurseries, to accommodate only one parent in an entrance airlock, so that they can take the baby’s temperature in the morning. If they have a fever, the infant will need to see a doctor and go home. The Academy of Medicine also recommends wearing a mask and a gown, changed daily for baby care and meals. The crèche staff must respect strict hygiene, washing their hands regularly between each baby, when changing and preparing bottles. It will also be necessary to “take into consideration the possibility of faecal elimination of Sars-CoV-2 during the handling and elimination of the layers”, specifies the press release.

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