Our Commitment to Children, Families and Employees During COVID-19
Our first priority is the health and safety of our children, families and employees. We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation and following advice from government agencies. Our COVID-19 commitment builds on our already robust approach to providing a safe and healthy environment and we will update it as the situation evolves.
During the Coronavirus Pandemic, Puss In Boots Morningside Child Care Centre has risen to the community challenge, as an essential service, to remain open and to continue to provide education and care, while many other organisations/businesses were required to close. It has been a really stressful time for everyone, and we are thankful to all those who have been so lovely to us. In times like these we need our community. Each one of us has our own stresses and we appreciate all your kind words. Those little chats have meant the world to us. We have heard so many stories over the last couple of months and please know we love and care for each of you.
The stress of being placed in the middle: supporting children and families; providing a service to essential workers; managing and supporting staff; ensuring viability; keeping children safe and engaged in learning; along with balancing support for your own family circumstances cannot be underestimated. So on behalf of the staff at Puss In Boots we would like to acknowledge and congratulate everyone for the critical and pivotal role that you are playing in supporting our community during COVID-19. We are all in this together.
We will continue to successfully connect with families who chose to keep their children at home, to understand their plans, encourage them to return to on-site learning when they are ready, and give parents regular updates about best practice and changes to safety and hygiene procedures implemented at Puss In Boots.
For our other families, we will continue to keep their children’s care, routines and learning as normal as possible. We represent safety for children, you, their parents and us as caregivers who know and love your children. Our long term relationships with our families fosters a feeling of safety.
Thank you for your belief in us to keep your children safe and in trusting us to help everyone along the way during these tough times.
To support and facilitate social distancing at Puss In Boots we:
- Encourage parents/guardians and children to use sanitisers when arriving and leaving the service.
- Encourage families to limit drop off and pick up to only one parent.
- Encourage hand washing for children at regular intervals throughout the day and provide discussions, demonstrations, and modelling of these behaviours.
- The setup and placement of activities to encourage children to participate with their peers in the safest way, for example, experiences set at each end of a table.
- Limit the number of children at a table during meal and snack times.
- Extending the outdoor program for the whole session including sleeping outside.
- Ceasing group gatherings (such as group or storytimes) to more informal learning opportunities to engage with children individually or in a group of two.
- Reducing the amount of sensory activities (such as play dough) within the service to prevent cross-contamination.
- More regular cleaning of surfaces and resources – surfaces are cleaned at least twice daily as well as regular cleaning of toys and resources.
- Classrooms rearranged to ensure physical distancing is achievable where possible.
- No congregation – of parents on kindergarten premises inside or outside.
- Review and update of our policies.
- Participate in COVID-19 information sessions for early childhood care providers and services, hosted by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment.
- Participate in Child Australia, Telethon Kids Institute and the Australian Childcare Alliance webinar, COVID-19 Be prepared.
- Development of our COVID-19 Pandemic Action Plan.
- All staff participated in COVID-19 training.
- Maintaining our stocks of our essential items.
- Cancelled all incursions and excursions.
Provided information to families and children on how to protect themselves from COVID-19. This means:
- Wash hands often with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds. Dry with a paper towel or hand dryer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
- Throw tissues away immediately and wash your hands.
- Ensure your hand sanitiser is alcohol-based (with over 60 per cent alcohol). Please note that hand sanitiser can be poisonous if ingested, so ensure it is kept out of reach of young children.
- Exercise social distancing (stay more than 1.5 metres from people).
Families can also receive updates via the following:
- To stay up to date with the Australian Government’s latest Information, download the Coronavirus Australia app.
- Daily updates are available from the COVIDsafe app.
- Daily updates are available from the Department of Health website.
- Fact sheets are available from the Department of Education website.
- Video resources with information and tips are available from the Department of Health website.
- Call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.
We will continue to keep Puss in Boots Morningside Early Childhood Learning Centre families and staff updated with advice in accordance with national public health guidelines to ensure the health and safety of children and staff in our centre.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
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