COVID-19 has had a global impact and changed all of our daily routines drastically. With all of the headlines and public conversations around Coronavirus, we want to reassure our families at Kids Cove Early Learning that we are taking all of the necessary precautions to maintain a safe and hygienic learning environment. Our priority is the safety and well-being of your children, and our team continues to do a phenomenal job caring for your young ones and taking the extra precautions necessary. This includes implementing internal policies that are mandatory to all staff, additional cleaning and sanitization throughout the day, and staff educational sessions to keep everyone up to date with information from the Australian Government of Health and the World Health Organization.
We understand that many parents and families are confused about what they should be doing to protect their kids. Everyone needs to do their part, and it starts with educating your children. It is your job as guardians, and our job as teachers to teach them how to practice good hygiene, and help them understand the importance of it. We’ve put together a list of practices that we are adhering to at the school, and encourage you to do the same:
1. Hand Washing
Respiratory and hand hygiene are the most effective preventative measures against the Coronavirus. Teaching your child how to wash their hands properly in a fun way is a great activity to practice. Make it an entertaining part of their routine by singing along to The Wiggles ‘Hand Washing Song.
2. Sneeze into your elbow
Remind your children not to put their fingers in their mouths and avoid touching their faces, especially after touching a public object outside of your home. Tell them to cough or sneeze into their elbows (they can pretend to be elephants!)
Tell your children to keep their distance from big crowds, and anyone who is coughing, sneezing or showing any symptoms of being ill. Explain that germs can make you sick, and if you stay away from people who are unwell and do a good job washing your hands, you can keep you, your friends, and your family healthy.
4. Acknowledge their feelings.
It’s important to check in with them, and let them know they are in a safe place to come to you if they are feeling unwell, or if the recent changes have caused them distress. Change in routine can cause a massive disruption to them, so it’s important to provide a creative outlet if they are feeling frustrated. They may not yet be able to verbally communicate their emotions, so we need to be sensitive to their outbursts or tantrums if they are demonstrating frustration.
Find out what your child already knows, and find out if they are worried about it, speaking to them calmly and openly. It’s okay to not have all of the answers, however, saying ‘it’s a global pandemic ’ isn’t going to help them. You can give them a sense of control over what is happening, and talking about the safety measures you are practicing to keep them safe. Encourage regular safe contact with loved ones (e.g. video chat with grandparents.)
It is our duty to ensure we are providing a safe place for all families here at Kids Cove, and in order to continue providing uninterrupted early education and child care, we need you to do your part. We want to advise you that we are monitoring children’s temperature as part of the arrival process each day. We have also temporarily replaced face-to-face external learning providers with ZOOM calls and virtual learning.
We are advising that any child with a respiratory condition is to have a Medical Management Plan, a Risk Minimisation Plan, and a Communication Plan in place. If your children have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with the Coronavirus, or is showing symptoms of Fever, Shortness of Breath, Dry Coughing, or Tiredness we will request that they are collected immediately.
We understand that this is a stressful time for everyone, and want you to know that we are here to support you. Should you wish to discuss this further with one of our staff, please feel free to reach out.
For more information, please head to the Department of Health’s Alert Page: