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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Health alert 7 (29.05.2020)

In light of the Queensland Government roadmap to easing restrictions the following up-date and risk minimization strategies will continue / take place across all of our Cairns and District Child Care Services:

  1. Please maintain the 1.5 mtr social distancing rule.
  2. In line with “Testing and fever clinics – Covid 19” Cairns and areas bounded by Cairns, child care are considered vulnerable settings. A person who has been in close contact or a household contact of a confirmed case or having been overseas, interstate or travelled more than 150km will be excluded for 14 days from the services.  The only exception being a medical clearance and a negative Covid 19 test result returned (see QLD Government Fever Clinic Contacts).  Written medical evidence will be presented for re-entry.
  3. No persons will enter services if they have any of the following symptoms: cough; breathing issues; runny nose; fever; sore throat or any other respiratory symptoms. 
  4. A person sent home from the service, who is away ill or self-isolating is able to remain away for 14 days or alternatively is required to return with a medical clearance from a general practitioner stating “ X does not have a contagious illness and is fit to return to child care / enter child care as of X date” or “X is fit for child care and poses no risk of contagious illness”.
  5. Up until 11 June outings, excursions, educators coming together, incursions will not exceed 10 persons coming together.
  6. From 12 June the number of persons coming together will not exceed 20. Consideration of exception: in a Long Day Care setting where a group of children exceeds 20 children in total (eg. Kindy class of 22 and 2 / 3 Educators).
  7. From 10 July gatherings of up to 100 people apply.
  8. Until 10 July trade persons such as repairs or maintenance are not permitted to enter children’s services unless the skills they provide cannot be accessed alternatively or outside of hours and are approved by the Director / Manager and the Director / Manager is present to conduct temperature testing and a written checklist signed by the third party person.
  9. As of 1 June Inclusion Agency team members and therapists / visiting educational support persons are encouraged to enter services and provide face to face supoprt.  The Director / Manager will be present to conduct temperature testing and a written checklist signed by the third party person. Depending on grouping numbers it may be necessary to divide the group for such visits.
  10. As of 1 June Family Day Care Coordinators are returned to face to face Home Visits with Family Day Care Educators.
  11. Students (Eg. TAFE) are permitted entry as of 10 July.
  12. Orientating families including the child who will be participating are permitted to enter and will be approved by the Director / Manager / FDC Educator and the Director / Manager / FDC Educator is present to conduct temperature testing and a written checklist signed by the adult persons including the child.
  13. Delivery personnel are not permitted to enter the children’s services during hours of operation (delivery personnel must call the service number to deliver at the door).
  14. Hygiene stations will permanently remain at the entry / exit to every service, please use these as the signage stipulates to avoid potential transfer of illness. Count to 20 rubbing with the soap, rinse thoroughly and dry with paper towel.
  15. We continue to practice the following with children: hand washing, hand sanitizing, cough and sneeze down inside shirt; gloves and we have also implemented social distancing practices where possible with children.

Additional risk minimization procedures:

  1. Visiting families or past enrolled children may visit the service as of 10 July we expect, date to be confirmed.

If you have any questions please contact your service.  Useful links for families:

World Health Organization:

https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

Australian Government: Department of Health: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

Queensland Government: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19

 

 

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Health alert 6 (18.05.2020)

In light of the Queensland Government roadmap to easing restrictions the following up-date and risk minimization strategies will continue / take place immediately across all of our Cairns and District Child Care Services:

  1. Please maintain the 1.5 mtr social distancing rule.
  2. In line with “Testing and fever clinics – Covid 19” Cairns and areas bounded by Cairns, child care are considered vulnerable settings. A person who has been in close contact or a household contact of a confirmed case or having been overseas, interstate or travelled more than 150km will be excluded for 14 days from the services.  The only exception being a medical clearance and a negative Covid 19 test result returned (see QLD Government Fever Clinic Contacts).  Written medical evidence will be presented for re-entry.
  3. No persons will enter services if they have any of the following symptoms: cough; breathing issues; runny nose; fever; sore throat or any other respiratory symptoms. 
  4. A person sent home from the service, who is away ill or self-isolating is able to remain away for 14 days or alternatively is required to return with a medical clearance from a general practitioner stating “ X does not have a contagious illness and is fit to return to child care / enter child care as of X date” or “X is fit for child care and poses no risk of contagious illness”.
  5. There will be no outings, excursions, educators coming together in Family Day Care, incursions for a further period of 14 days effective immediately or / that exceed 10 persons coming together outdoors and 5 persons indoors.
  6. Third party persons / trade persons such as Inclusion Agency, repairs or maintenance, therapists are not permitted to enter children’s services unless the skills they provide cannot be accessed alternatively or outside of hours and are approved by the Director / Manager and the Director / Manager is present to conduct temperature testing and a written checklist signed by the third party person.
  7. Students (Eg. TAFE) will not be able to enter.
  8. Orientating families including the child who will be participating are permitted to enter and will be approved by the Director / Manager / FDC Educator and the Director / Manager / FDC Educator is present to conduct temperature testing and a written checklist signed by the adult persons including the child.
  9. Delivery personnel are not permitted to enter the children’s services during hours of operation (delivery personnel must call the service number to deliver at the door).
  10. Hygiene stations remain at the entry / exit to every service, please use these as the signage stipulates to avoid potential transfer of illness. Count to 20 rubbing with the soap, rinse thoroughly and dry with paper towel.
  11. We continue to practice the following with children: hand washing, hand sanitizing, cough and sneeze down inside shirt; gloves and we have also implemented social distancing practices where possible with children.

Additional risk minimization procedures:

  1. Please make drop off’s and pick up’s fast to the services to minimize close and / or extended contacts.  We recommend a 15 minute maximum period within the building. If you should need to speak to your educator for a period of time extending this please call or email your educator. Please maintain the 1.5 mtr social distancing rule.
  2. School age siblings in Prep, Years 1 and 12 are permitted into the service as of Monday 18 May.
  3. School age siblings in all other year levels are permitted to enter the service as of Monday 25 May.
  4. Visiting families or past enrolled children may visit the service as of June we expect, date to be confirmed.
  5. If your children are enrolled and attending in services providing before and after school care and vacation care, families will need to follow all hygiene procedures at the Educator home during these care sessions.

If you have any questions please contact your service.  Useful links for families:

World Health Organization:

https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

Australian Government: Department of Health: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

Queensland Government: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19

 

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Health alert 5 (07.05.2020)

The World Health Organization has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic. The health of families, educators and teams is our first priority.  In light of the pandemic up-date and risk minimization strategies the following precautionary strategies will continue / take place immediately across all of our Cairns and District Child Care Services:

  1. Practice current social distancing and essential worker restrictions to child care.
  2. In line with “Testing and fever clinics – Covid 19” Cairns and areas bounded by Cairns, child care are considered vulnerable settings. A person who has been in close contact or a household contact of a confirmed case or having been overseas or interstate will be excluded for 14 days from the services.  The only exception being a medical clearance and a negative Covid 19 test result returned (see QLD Government Fever Clinic Contacts).  Written medical evidence will be presented for re-entry.
  3. No persons will enter services if they have any of the following symptoms: cough; breathing issues; runny nose; fever; sore throat or any other respiratory symptoms. 
  4. A person sent home from the service, who is away ill or self-isolating is able to remain away for 14 days or alternatively is required to return with a medical clearance from a general practitioner stating “ X does not have a contagious illness and is fit to return to child care / enter child care as of X date” or “X is fit for child care and poses no risk of contagious illness”.
  5. There will be no outings, excursions, educators coming together in Family Day Care, incursions for a further period of 14 days effective immediately.
  6. Third party persons / trade persons such as Inclusion Agency, repairs or maintenance, therapists are not permitted to enter children’s services unless the skills they provide cannot be accessed alternatively and are approved by the Director / Manager and the Director / Manager is present to conduct temperature testing and a written checklist signed by the third party person.
  7. Students will not be able to enter.
  8. Orientating families including the child who will be participating are permitted to enter and will be approved by the Director / Manager / FDC Educator and the Director / Manager / FDC Educator is present to conduct temperature testing and a written checklist signed by the adult persons including the child.
  9. Delivery personnel are not permitted to enter the children’s services during hours of operation (delivery personnel must call the service number to deliver at the door).
  10. Hygiene stations remain at the entry / exit to every service, please use these as the signage stipulates to avoid potential transfer of illness. Count to 20 rubbing with the soap, rinse thoroughly and dry with paper towel.
  11. We continue to practice the following with children: hand washing, hand sanitizing, cough and sneeze down inside shirt; gloves and we have also implemented social distancing practices where possible with children.

Additional risk minimization procedures effective today:

  1. Please make drop off’s and pick up’s fast to the services to minimize close and / or extended contacts.  We recommend a 10 minute maximum period within the building. If you should need to speak to your educator for a period of time extending this please call or email your educator.
  2. Please consider your route of school drop off’s, pick up’s and vacation care for non-attending service siblings. Do not bring non-attending school children into the service. If you have to, please call the service to collect children at the door rather than enter with non-attending school age children. We don’t want families leaving school children in cars unattended.
  3. If your children are enrolled and attending in services providing before and after school care and vacation care, families will need to follow all hygiene procedures at the Educator home during these care sessions.

If you have any questions please contact your service.

Useful links for families:

World Health Organization:

https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

Australian Government: Department of Health: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

Centrelink:

https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/affected-coronavirus-covid-19

Queensland Government: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19

 

 

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Health alert 4 (20.04.2020)

The World Health Organization has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic. The health of families, educators and teams is our first priority.  In light of the pandemic up-date and risk minimization strategies the following precautionary strategies will continue / take place immediately across all of our Cairns and District Child Care Services:

  1. Practice current social distancing and essential worker restrictions to child care.
  2. In line with “Testing and fever clinics – Covid 19” Cairns and areas bounded by Cairns, child care are considered vulnerable settings. A person who has been in close contact or a household contact of a confirmed case or having been overseas or interstate will be excluded for 14 days from the services.  The only exception being a medical clearance as per point 6 and a negative Covid 19 test result returned (see QLD Government Fever Clinic Contacts).  Written medical evidence will be presented for re-entry.
  3. No persons will enter services if they have any of the following symptoms: cough; breathing issues; runny nose; fever; sore throat or any other respiratory symptoms. 
  4. A person sent home from the service, who is away ill or self-isolating is able to remain away for 14 days or alternatively is required to return with a medical clearance from a general practitioner stating “ X does not have a contagious illness and is fit to return to child care / enter child care as of X date” or “X is fit for child care and poses no risk of contagious illness”.
  5. There will be no outings, excursions, educators coming together in Family Day Care, incursions for a further period of 30 days effective immediately.
  6. Third party persons such as Inclusion Agency, therapists, students are not permitted to enter children’s services until further notice, effective immediately.
  7. Delivery personnel and trades people are not permitted to enter the children’s services during hours of operation (delivery personnel must call the service number to deliver at the door).
  8. Hygiene stations remain at the entry / exit to every service, please use these as the signage stipulates to avoid potential transfer of illness. Count to 20 rubbing with the soap, rinse thoroughly and dry with paper towel.
  9. We continue to practice the following with children: hand washing, hand sanitizing, cough and sneeze down inside shirt; gloves and we have also implemented social distancing practices where possible with children.

 

Additional risk minimization procedures effective today:

  1. Please make drop off’s and pick up’s fast to the services to minimize close and / or extended contacts.  We recommend a 5 minute maximum period within the building. If you should need to speak to your educator for a period of time extending this please call or email your educator.
  2. Please consider your route of school drop off’s, pick up’s and vacation care for non-attending service siblings. Do not bring non-attending school children into the service. If you have to, please call the service to collect children at the door rather than enter with non-attending school age children. We don’t want families leaving school children in cars unattended.
  3. If your children are enrolled and attending in services providing before and after school care and vacation care, families will need to follow all hygiene procedures at the Educator home during these care sessions.

 

If you have any questions please contact your service.

 

Useful links for families:

 

World Health Organization:

https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

 

Australian Government: Department of Health: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

 

Centrelink:

https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/affected-coronavirus-covid-19

 

Queensland Government: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Health alert 3

The World Health Organization has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic. The health of families, educators and teams is our first priority. In light of the pandemic up-date and risk minimization strategies the following precautionary strategies will take place immediately across all of our Cairns and District Child Care Services:

1. Practice current social distancing release.


2. All persons travelling from overseas or interstate are not permitted to enter the child care services. The only exception is those released by QLD Health.

3. All persons returning from overseas or interstate are expected to self-isolate for the 14 day period imposed by the government. A medical clearance to enter the service is required dated no earlier than the 14th day isolation period. No person will knowingly be in a living arrangement or in breach of social distancing.

4. No persons will enter services if they have any of the following symptoms: cough; breathing issues; runny nose; fever; sore throat.

5. A person sent home from the service, who is away ill or self-isolating is required to return with a medical clearance from a general practitioner stating they “ X does not have a contagious illness and is fit to return to child care / enter child care as of X date”.

6. There will be no outings, excursions, educators coming together in Family Day Care, incursions for a period of 30 days effective immediately.

7. Third party persons such as Inclusion Agency, therapists, students are not permitted to enter children’s services for a period of 14 days effective immediately (this will be reviewed closer to the 14th day).

8. Delivery personnel and trades people are not permitted to enter the children’s services during hours of operation (delivery personnel must call the service number to deliver at the door).

9. Hygiene stations remain at the entry / exit to every service, please use these as the signage stipulates to avoid potential transfer of illness. Count to 20 rubbing with the soap, rinse thoroughly and dry with paper towel.

10. We continue to practice the following with children: hand washing, hand sanitizing, cough and sneeze down inside shirt; gloves and we have also implemented social distancing practices where possible with children. Additional risk minimization procedures effective today:

11. Please make drop off’s and pick up’s fast to the services to minimize close and / or extended contacts. We recommend a 5 minute maximum period within the building. If you should need to speak to your educator for a period of time extending this please call or email your educator.

12. Please consider your route of school drop off’s, pick up’s and vacation care for non-attending service siblings. Do not bring non-attending school children into the service. If you have to, please call the service to collect children at the door rather than enter with non-attending school age children. We don’t want families leaving school children in cars unattended.

13. If your children are enrolled and attending in services providing before and after school care and vacation care, families will need to follow all hygiene procedures at the Educator home during these care sessions. If you have any questions please contact your service.

Useful links for families: World Health Organization: www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus 

Australian Government: Department of Health: www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

Centrelink: www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/affected-coronavirus-covid-19

Queensland Government: www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19

 

Covid - 19 Information

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Health alert 2 (23.03.2020)

The World Health Organization has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic. The health of families, educators and teams is our first priority. In light of the pandemic notification and risk minimization strategies the following precautionary strategies will take place immediately across all of our Cairns and District Child Care Services:

1. Practice current social distancing.

2. All persons returning from overseas will be expected to self-isolate for the 14 day period imposed by the government. A medical clearance to enter the service is required no earlier than the 14th day isolation period.

3. No persons will enter services if they have any of the following symptoms: cough; breathing issues; runny nose; fever; sore throat.

4. A person sent home from the service, who is away ill or self-isolating is required to return with a medical clearance from a general practitioner stating they “ X does not have a contagious illness and is fit to return to child care / enter child care as of X date”.

5. All persons travelling from overseas or interstate are not permitted to enter the child care services.

6. There will be no outings, excursions, educators coming together in Family Day Care, incursions for a period of 30 days effective immediately (this will be reviewed closer to the 30th day).

7. Third party persons such as Inclusion Agency, therapists, students are not permitted to enter children’s services for a period of 14 days effective immediately (this will be reviewed closer to the 14th day).

8. Delivery personnel and trades people are not permitted to enter the children’s
services during hours of operation (delivery personnel must call the service
number to deliver at the door).

9. Hygiene stations have been set up prior to entering every service, please use
these as the signage stipulates to avoid potential transfer of illness. Count to 20
rubbing with the soap, rinse thoroughly and dry with paper towel.

10. We continue to practice the following with children: hand washing, hand
sanitizing, cough and sneeze down inside shirt; gloves and we have also
implemented social distancing practices where possible with children.
Additional risk minimization procedures effective today:

11. Please make drop off’s and pick up’s fast to the services to minimize close and /
or extended contacts.

12. Please consider your route of school drop off’s and pick up’s and do not bring
school children into the service. If you have to, please call the service to collect
children at the door rather than enter with school age children. We don’t want
families leaving school children in cars unattended.

13. If your children are enrolled in Family Day Care families will need to follow all
hygiene procedures at the Educator home during vacation care and before and
after school care sessions.

If you have any questions please contact your service.
Useful links for families:
World Health Organisation:
www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
Australian Government: Department of Health:
www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-healthalert
Centrelink:
www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/affected-coronavirus-covid-
19
Queensland Government: www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/healthalerts/
coronavirus-covid-19

 

 

 

Coronavirus (covid -19) Health alert 1

The World Health Organization has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic. The health of families, educators and teams is our first priority. In light of the pandemic notification and risk minimisation strategies the following precautionary strategies will take place immediately across all of our Cairns and District Child Care Services:
1. All persons returning from overseas will be expected to self-isolate for the 14 day period imposed by the government. A medical clearance to enter the service is required no earlier than the 14th day isolation period.
2. No persons will enter services if they have any of the following symptoms: cough; breathing issues; runny nose; fever; sore throat.
3. A person sent home from the service, who is away ill or self-isolating is required to return with a medical clearance from a general practitioner stating they “ X does not have a contagious illness and is fit to return to child care / enter       child care as of X date”
4. All persons travelling from overseas or interstate are not permitted to enter the child care services.
5. There will be no outings, excursions, educators coming together in Family DayCare, incursions for a period of 30 days effective immediately (this will be reviewed closer to the 30th day).
6. Third party persons such as Inclusion Agency, therapists, students are not permitted to enter children’s services for a period of 14 days effective immediately (this will be reviewed closer to the 14th day).7. Delivery personnel and tradespeople are not permitted to enter the children’s services during hours of operation (delivery personnel must call the service number to deliver at the door).
8. Hygiene stations have been set up prior to entering every service, please use these as the signage stipulates to avoid potential transfer of illness.
9. We continue to practice the following with children: hand washing, hand sanitising, cough and sneeze down inside shirt; gloves and we have also implemented social distancing practices where possible with children.
If you have any questions please contact your service.
Useful links for families:
World Health Organisation: www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus Australian Government: Department of Health: www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert
Centrelink:
www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/affected-coronavirus-covid-19