COVID-19 and Ormond Kinder

Covid Lockdown 5.0

The Victorian Government has announced another 5 day lock down, commencing midnight tonight, the 15th July.

During this time the kinder will, be open. If your child has any cold or flu symptoms, please keep your child at home and get tested. Please err on the side of caution for the safety of our community, particularly given we have confirmed cases in nearby Murrumbeena.

We will continue with the following measures:

Adjusted pick-up and drop-off procedure to allow for 1.5m physical distancing, with children arriving and departing one at a time and no parents congregating in the foyer. This means there will be longer than usual waiting. Thank you in advance for your patience.

Please ensure adults are wearing a mask.


We will reintroduce the following measures effective the 16th July:

No visitors to kinder, including tours.

Temperature checking of children.

Ventilation will be increased with windows and doors opened. Please ensure children have adequate warm clothes.


We understand this is very confusing time as restrictions continually change but our aim is always to keep the OCK community safe. If you have any questions, please contact us.


The committee would like to thank you for your support and cooperation through an extremely difficult time for all of us. We are a strong community and will get through this together, despite being physically apart.


Full list of changes at OCK to keep kinder safe:

As per the advice from Department of Education we have modified kinder practices to keep everyone safe. These include:

  • exclusion of unwell staff, children and visitors

  • reduce mixing of children by separating cohorts (including the staggering of meal and play times as necessary)

  • Promoting enhanced personal hygiene for children, staff and parents: alcohol-based hand sanitiser is available at the entrance of the facility and throughout, as well as plenty of soap, running water and paper towel.

  • cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces at least daily (e.g. play gyms, tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks)

  • influenza vaccination for children, staff and parents.

  • No external visitors to kinder unless they are essential and they must follow our covid safe plan which includes, checking in and and out.

  • No parent helpers on duty

  • Adjusted pick-up and drop-off procedure to allow for 1.5m physical distancing, with children arriving and departing one at a time and no parents congregating in the foyer

  • Restricting sensory play such as slime, playdough, water, kinetic sand, and toys which may be easily mouthed by children

  • Restricting cooking experiences

  • PPE for staff including masks

Alternative care arrangements should be considered for children who are in the high-risk category for coronavirus (COVID-19); seek medical advice for these children.



Covid-19 Update - Term 3 - 13th July 2021

Welcome back for Term 3. We still have some COVID restrictions in place at OCK.


As per the advice from the Department of Education modified kinder practices to keep everyone safe include:

  • Parents and visitors are to wear masks inside Kinder; children under 12 are exempt

  • Adjusted pick-up and drop-off procedure to allow for 2m physical distancing, with children arriving and departing one at a time and no parents congregating in the foyer

  • Anyone who is unwell must stay at home and get tested.

  • Exclusion of unwell staff, children and visitors. Symptoms include a fever, runny nose and cough.

  • No parent helpers on duty


These measures are in place until reviewed by the Department of Education.

The committee would like to thank you for your support and cooperation through an extremely difficult time for all of us


Lockdown Extended - 2nd June 2021

The Victorian Government has announced an extension to the lockdown that commenced on the 27th May @ 11:59pm. The current lockdown will now end at midnight on the 10th June.

Kinder will continue to stay open and the current COVID safety measures will remain in place. These measures can be found in the news post (below) dated 27th May, 2021.

Remember, if your child has any cold or flu symptoms, please keep them at home and get tested. Please err on the side of caution for the safety of our community.

Lockdown - 27th May 2021

KEEPING THE OCK COMMUNITY SAFE DURING LOCKDOWN

As we enter another lockdown, and with kinder remaining open, many will be wondering what changes will be introduced at OCK to keep everyone safe?

Firstly, we know this is a challenging time for children, families, educators, teachers and the committee. Given this if anyone has any concerns or questions, please ask your teacher. You can telephone us on 9578 2605 at any time.

Keeping safe at kinder:

The health and wellbeing of our children and broader community continue to be our number one priority. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and formal advice is developing and changing regularly. We follow the advice of the Victorian Government, and amend our kinder practices as guided by the Department of Education.

For Families:

  • Adjusted pick-up and drop-off procedure to allow for 1.5m physical distancing, with children arriving and departing one at a time and no parents congregating in the foyer

  • Wearing of masks at kinder for those over 12 years of age

  • Temperature checking for all children

  • Exclusion of children who are unwell. This includes coughs, runny noses, temperatures, vomiting or diarrhoea

  • No parent helpers on duty

  • Recording details of all visitors to kinder, who stay more than 15 minutes

  • No kinder tours

Inside Kinder:

  • Cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces at least daily (e.g. play gyms, tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks)

  • Opening doors and windows in order to increase the ventilation and reduce the spread of viruses

  • Influenza vaccination for children, staff and parents.

  • No external visitors to kinder unless they are essential and they must follow our covid safe plan which includes, checking in and out.

  • Restricting cooking and shared food experiences

  • Reduce mixing of children by separating cohorts (including the staggering of meal and play times as necessary)

  • Promoting enhanced personal hygiene for children, staff and parents: alcohol-based hand sanitiser is available at the entrance of the facility and throughout, as well as plenty of soap, running water and paper towel.

  • PPE for staff including masks

  • Exclusion of unwell staff, children and visitors

Alternative care arrangements should be considered for children who are in the high-risk category for coronavirus (COVID-19). AHPPC recommends parents seek medical advice for these children.

For further information refer to the OCK Covid Safe Plan details

This information is up to date as of 27/5/2021. To be sure you have the right information regarding COVID-19, relevant restrictions and recommendations, please visit the DHHS website.

Update - 25th May 2021

in response to a new COVID cluster. In order to protect our community (children, parents, educators) OCK will reintroduce the following protective measures:

  • Parents are to wear masks inside Kinder; children under 12 are exempt (from 6pm tonight)

  • Children arriving and departing one at a time and no parents congregating in the foyer

  • Anyone who is unwell must stay at home and get tested

  • Exclusion of unwell staff, children and visitors

  • Those who put their name down on the parent duty roster, I am sorry but this has been paused until further notice

These measures are in place until at least 4th June. We are waiting on the Department of Education to provide further guidance, so there will be more information to come.

List of exposure sites will be up in the foyer but are updated regularly at the DHHS website.

Covid-19 Update - Term 1, 2021

Thank you for your ongoing support during these past months as we have worked together as a community to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). We know it’s been a challenging time for children, families, educators, teachers and committee alike.

From 11:59pm on Wednesday 17 February, after a 5 day circuit breaker, lock-down, Victoria went back to COVIDSafe Summer, with some additional rules. Our sessional kindergarten programs are operating as normal with a COVIDSafe plan and additional health and safety measures in place.

Keeping safe at kinder:

As per the advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) we have modified kinder practices to keep everyone safe. These include:

  • exclusion of unwell staff, children and visitors

  • reduce mixing of children by separating cohorts (including the staggering of meal and play times as necessary)

  • Promoting enhanced personal hygiene for children, staff and parents: alcohol-based hand sanitiser is available at the entrance of the facility and throughout, as well as plenty of soap, running water and paper towel.

  • cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces at least daily (e.g. play gyms, tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks)

  • influenza vaccination for children, staff and parents.

  • No external visitors to kinder unless they are essential and they must follow our covid safe plan which includes, checking in and and out.

  • No parent helpers on duty

  • Adjusted pick-up and drop-off procedure to allow for 1.5m physical distancing, with children arriving and departing one at a time and no parents congregating in the foyer

  • Restricting sensory play such as slime, playdough, water, kinetic sand, and toys which may be easily mouthed by children

  • Restricting cooking experiences

  • PPE for staff including masks

Alternative care arrangements should be considered for children who are in the high-risk category for coronavirus (COVID-19). AHPPC recommends parents seek medical advice for these children.


The committee would like to thank you for your support and cooperation through an extremely difficult time for all of us. We are a strong community and will get through this together, despite being physically apart.


This information is up to date as of 22/2/2021. To be sure you have the right information regarding COVID-19, relevant restrictions and recommendations, please visit the DHHS website.

Kinder Connections: Babies

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