End of Term When is that?
We are open at kinder
tomorrow Monday March 23.
At this time, we have not received the same advice from the Department
of Education and Training (DET) as primary and secondary schools in
terms of closures and extra days off due to coronavrius. So at this
point, we are in session until school holidays at the end of this
We understand that school holidays start on Tuesday March 24 for
primary and secondary school students but it is unclear if this
will include the early years sector. We are seeking clarification from
the Victorian Government through peak bodies and the union so we can
best inform you. We apologise for any confusion, but this is the
information as it stands this evening and we have spent the
weekend watching and reading any state or federal updates for early
We then are due for two week's school holidays to return on Tuesday
Notifications and Updates
We will ensure that we keep families as up to date as possible. We will
circulate any new information through email, kidsapp and on Facebook.
We do have a staff member on facebook and committee members but mostly
we are contactable by email over closure times on firstname.lastname@example.org
or on the kinder mobile 0447 099 055.
We do ask that you let us know if you will be away in any capacity but
especially if you, your child or close contact has been diagnosed with
coronavirus, as we are mandated to record and report such a diagnosis
with the department. This would also immediately impact our
ability to stay open.
We will continue on with increased and heightened health and safety
procedures and wherever possible we will encourage social distancing
especially between adults. We will continue to discuss and
practice handwashing with children and how germs can be spread careful
not to increase stress or add anxiety.
The Joy of Childhood and Learning
We will be releasing an end of term newsletter
celebrating the wonderful term of fun, play, development,
wonder and learning. Thank you for entrusting your children to us.
We have had a wonderful term in both 3 and 4 year old curriculum and
during such times as this, children are (and remind us to be) happy,
warm, caring and full of joy.... ,and because of this, our work is
just that... joyful!
Many thanks, happy holidays when they come and stay safe,
The Educating Team
Health Policy and Procedure
We have been promoting germ awareness with children and
focusing on infection control. Practically we have been focusing on
coughing into their elbow, washing hands before eating or cooking,
after coughing, toileting or blowing their nose. Washing hands
with soap while singing happy birthday is the norm. Our soap is from
Trinature so kind to hands but effective.
All of these measure are also role modelled by all educators.
Cooking with children is and has always been quite tight at kinder as
staff use food safety measures and children learn quickly to not lick
their fingers and equipment as they are then sent to rewash their
We have increased hand washing with children and we will ask you help
us to ensure all children wash their hands before kinder sessions
commence, bit like sunscreen application on arrival.
We are also increasing cleaning and infection control throughout the
service including washing down door handles, taps, more frequent toilet
cleaning (both indoors and downstairs) which includes toilet buttons
and iPad screens.
We encourage families to feel free to use our hand washing amenities in
the bathrooms with paper towel drying and/or hand sanitiser in the
As part of new procedures and because we use an iPad for attendance, we
will be signing all children in and out until at least the end of the
term. Please ensure that the educator with the iPad has seen you on
arrival and pick up.
If children become unwell during the day, they will, as usual, be sent
home and we need to ensure families contact us if a child has any
illness. You can do this with Kidsapp and then receive a confirmation
from us that we have seen the message. If
you do not have kidaapp up and running, please see Bron and she will
reset your password (you have a 15 minute window) so you can access
We are in constant contact with the Department (DET) and we will use
Kidsapp if we need to notify families of a closure
which is unlikely at this time but we are receiving updates from the
department almost daily.
If you have been in contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus or
your child or member of the family has been diagnosed with coronavirus,
please let us know as soon as possible. We are mandated to notify the
Departments of Education and Training and Health and Human Services.
FInally on a lighter note, our philosophy and policy of playing and
learning outdoors everyday mean we can escape the close quarters on
indoors, grant some more space between children and soak up some fresh
air and sunshine. Like in Ireland... appropriate social
separating... thank goodness for a large garden.