COVID-19 and Ormond Kinder

COVID Update - 30th September 2021

As you have no doubt heard the Victorian Government has announced the proposed Roadmap to allow students to return to kindergarten.

The roadmap, which is based on advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, sets out the following plan:

Service Access Until Monday 25 October 2021 (or when we reach 70% fully vaccinated of 16+ population)

Kinder will remain closed except to children:

  • where a parent/carer is an authorised worker and has no access to appropriate alternative care

  • of a single parent/carer who is working

  • who are vulnerable, including children identified by their parent/carer as vulnerable because their child has a disability and cannot learn from home.


From Tuesday 26 October until Thursday 4 November 2021 (or from 70% fully vaccinated to 80% fully vaccinated)

Kinder will remain closed except to children:

  • where a parent/carer is an authorised worker and has no access to appropriate alternative care

  • of a single parent/carer who is working

  • who are vulnerable, including children identified by their parent/carer as vulnerable because their child has a disability and cannot learn from home

  • (new additional category) where both parents/carers (or, in a single parent family, the single parent/carer) is fully vaccinated (has received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine).


From Friday 5 November 2021

Kinder will be open to all children with a COVIDSafe Plan in place.

What’s Next?

Details around how we will monitor both parents vaccination status has not been provided by the Department of Education. We are also currently completing a review of our current COVIDSafe plan, ready for the 5th November. . When we have more information, we will let you know.

Remote learning will continue from Monday, 4th October, when we return from school holidays.

Stay safe.


DET Letter Regarding On-Site Access

The following letter was written by the Victorian Department of Education and Training for parents and carers and we have been asked to provide it to you.


Dear parents and carers

There is important information in this letter, and we encourage you to read it closely. Please contact our service or the Department of Education and Training Early Childhood COVID Advice Line on 1800 338 663 (if you need an interpreter, call 131 450 first) if you have any questions.

Due to the ongoing level of community transmission of COVID-19 in Victoria, the Victorian Government has announced the current restrictions in place for both regional and metropolitan Melbourne will be extended.

All early childhood education and care services across Victoria will remain closed except to children where a parent/carer is an Authorised Workers and there is no appropriate alternative care available, and for vulnerable children.

Why is our service closed?

Due to the high rate of transmission in young people and to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community all early childhood education and care services (including long day care, kindergarten and family day care) across Victoria will be closed except to children where a parent/carer holds a valid Authorised Workers Permit and cannot be supervised at home and/or the child is vulnerable.

How can our parents and carers assist in complying with the current COVIDSafe Settings?

We need your support in complying with the current COVIDSafe Settings to help the Victorian public health team get ahead of this virus.

We ask parents, carers, and families to continue to do the right thing by following all Victorian public health directives. This includes making careful and supportive choices about accessing our on-site program and ensuring you only send your child to our service if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Who can access our program on site?

A child in a two parent/carer family or a one parent/carer family is eligible to attend our service where one parent is an authorised worker (working on site or from home) with a valid Authorised Worker Permit and there is no appropriate alternative care available.

If there is another adult in your household, the authorised worker can still access our onsite program if the other adult is not able to supervise the child/ren (including due to work or personal circumstances such as illness or disability).

It is the responsibility of the parent/carer and their employer to have a valid Authorised Workers Permit.

Who is responsible for determining if your child is eligible to attend our service?

For authorised workers, it is the responsibility of yourselves as parents and carers to demonstrate your eligibility to the service by providing a valid Authorised Worker Permit.

It is the responsibility of the parent/carer (as the authorised worker employee) and their employer to have a valid permit. The Employer and the employee are attesting that the information provided in the permit is a true representation that:

· the parent/carer is a current authorised worker per the approved list, and

· the parent/carer are permitted to use ECEC services (including having no appropriate alternative care available at home).

Please be aware that significant penalties apply for those making false statements on permits and permits can be checked by the relevant authorities.

The responsibility of our service staff is to sight the permit to ensure the fields are filled in and signed, and that the days of work (at home or at the workplace) align with your requested days for education and care.

An authorised worker who is required to work shift work (e.g. overnight shift at a hospital) can send their outside their working hours so they can rest.

Download the authorised provider and authorised worker permit form.

Are there permit exemptions for accessing our service?

In addition to vulnerable children, anyone on the permit exemptions lists, including law enforcement, emergency services or health care workers who carry employer-issued identification can access our program without an Authorised Workers permit if they have no alternative care arrangements.

Can a vulnerable child attend our service?

Children experiencing vulnerability are permitted to attend early childhood education and care services. This includes children identified by our staff as vulnerable and children identified by a parent/ carer as having a disability.

How are we supporting learning from home?

For those children not attending our service as a result of the new COVIDSafe Settings, our service has home learning to support your child’s learning from home. Details are sent our weekly.

Thank you for your support of the current COVIDSafe Settings and your child’s learning during this time. If you have questions or would like to discuss these changes, please contact Nicole on operations.manager@ormondkinder.com.au

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Essential Works Access To Kinder

Based on advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, early childhood education and care (ECEC) services (kindergarten, LDC and FDC) in Victoria are now permitted to remain open for children of authorised workers and vulnerable children only.

These changes take effect from Monday 23 August 2021 for all ECEC services in Victoria, including ours.

To be eligible to access onsite education and care, in a two parent/carer family or a one parent/carer family, one parent is an authorised worker (working on site or from home) and there is no appropriate alternative care available in the home.

If there is another adult in the household, authorised workers can still access onsite if the other adult is not able to supervise the child/ren (including due to work or personal circumstances such as illness or disability).

Previously issued Authorised Worker Permits will need to be reissued for authorised workers eligible to use early childhood education and care, with the childcare/kindergarten section completed. A parent or carer must demonstrate their eligibility by producing a valid Authorised Workers Permit. A permit is not required for accessing on-site education and care for children experiencing vulnerability.

If you intend for your child/ren to attend our service, you will need to show your permit from Tuesday 24 August 2021. Please email your permit prior to coming, so we can plan for your child coming into kinder.

Authorised workers must carry their Authorised Worker Permit and photo identification when travelling to and from our service.

For those children who will not be attending our service under these new restrictions, our service has commenced planning on how we can best support your children’s learning from home and will be in touch with information about this soon.

If you have questions or would like to discuss these changes, please contact me on operations.manager@ormondkinder.com.au.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Covid Lockdown 6.0

Lockdown 6.0 (Applies for seven days from 8pm on Thursday August 5) occurring so quickly after lockdown 5.0 has made life challenging for our community. Our thoughts are with you all and if you need any assistance at all, please reach out to any of the staff members at OCK. As early childhood professionals, we have many resources available to us and are able to provide support in many different ways. If you are in isolation or quarantining, we can help with activities for the children which help enforce your child’s connections with kinder.


If you are attending kinder, please be aware of the various safety measures in place (refer below). In addition, I have included a guide from the Department of Education on what to do if your child is sick.

Two important COVID safety measures are:

1. If anyone in the household has had a covid test and is isolating while waiting for the results, you must keep your child home from kinder until a negative result is received.

2. Your child must stay at home until your child feels completely well. You must follow this rule even if the coronavirus (COVID-19) test is negative.


List of COVID safe practices at OCK:

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

  • Temperature checking of children

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

  • 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. This means there will be longer than usual waiting. Thank you for your patience.

  • 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

  • If anyone in the household has had a covid test, they must keep their children at home from kinder until they receive a negative result

  • Any administration work is completed from home


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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