Covid19 (Updates as of 20/10/21)
The Committee of Management for Golden Square Kindergarten has developed and passed the following Covid19 Plan in the
event that we get a Positive Covid19 case at kinder whether it be a child or an educator.
Please see the following plan for steps that we will take:
Covid19 (Updated as of 16/2/2021)
The information below on our safety precautions around Covid19 safety procedures undertaken at Golden Square Kindergarten can be found in our Coronavirus Policy. The following is extracts from our Coronavirus Policy:
Expectations on Entry:
What is our Policy around attending Golden Square Kindergarten:
Parents/carers and staff who feel unwell must stay at home, get tested and not attend an early childhood service to help reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) in ECEC settings.
Please keep your child home if they are displaying any of the following symptoms:
Chills or sweats
Shortness of breath
Loss of sense of smell or taste
Staff who exhibit these symptoms are also not to attend an early childhood service.
In certain circumstances headache, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea may also be considered.
If your child is displaying any of the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, are encouraged to seek the advice of a healthcare professional who can advise on next steps
You can phone the coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 675 398 for help and advice.
Parents will be asked to collect children who have the above symptoms.
Arrival & Departure
Children will have their temperature checked by educators
Accompanying parent will be asked to answer 4 questions:
Have you or your family been in contact with anyone with COVID-19?
Is anyone in your family experiencing any of the above symptoms?
Does your child have any of the above symptoms?
Have you given your child any medication?
Only educators and kindergarten children to enter the centre is our preference. Parents can enter in special circumstances as organised with Educators. This is changing weekly due to the new changes updated weekly by the Victorian Government. Educators will collect children from the car (if parents phone kinder) or meet children at the front door. Physically distancing applies and hand sanitiser is available at the gate.
We will communicate any changes to this policy as and when we are advised.
Implement effective hygiene process
The coronavirus is most likely to spread from person-to-person through:
direct close contact with a person while they are infectious
close contact with a person with a confirmed infection who coughs or sneezes
touching objects or surfaces like door handles or tables contaminated from a cough or sneeze from a person with a confirmed infection, and then touching your mouth or face.
Employees and volunteers will ensure they continue to implement hygiene processes outlined in the Health, Hygiene and Safe Food Policy to ensure high standards of hygiene and infection control at all times. This includes ensuring children:
wash hands frequently with soap and water including before and after eating or handling food, going to the toilet, changing a nappy, handling play dough, using gloves, and after wiping or touching nose and cleaning up spills of body fluids
cough and sneeze into their inner elbow, or use a tissue to cover their mouth and nose and placing tissues in the bin immediately after use
If using alcohol-based hand sanitiser in place of soap it will contain 60-80% alcohol and antibacterial soap/gel will never be used.
In addition, the Approved Provider and Nominated Supervisor will ensure cleaning requirements are documented and completed regularly, and cleaning staff, including contracted cleaning staff, implement the precautions outlined in the ‘Information for Employers’ Sheet including:
wearing gloves and using alcohol-based hand sanitiser before and after wearing gloves
wearing surgical masks if person with the virus or in isolation has been in the area being cleaned.
Visiting our Centre
Any visitors that remain at our centre for longer than 15 minutes are required to sign in with our QR code that is located at the front entrance (on our door) or front bench.
If you have a smart phone you can sign in with your phone which will ask for your name and phone number.
If you are unable to use a smart phone you can sign in our hard copy register located at the front door.