COVID-19 and Ormond Kinder

Term 4 Update:

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.

On Sunday 6 September 2020, the Victorian Government released its ‘Roadmap for reopening Victoria’ (the Roadmap), which outlines its approach to reopening across the state.

The Roadmap details a timeline and steps for our service to reopen to all families, subject to the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer.

Key dates for families

Under current advice, the key dates for our service are as follows :

From Monday 5 October (start of Term 4)

Our sessional kindergarten programs will be open for all children to attend on-site. We will have a COVIDSafe plan and additional health and safety measures in place

This information is up to date as of Friday 2nd of October 2020. To be sure you have the right information regarding COVID-19, relevant restrictions and recommendations, please visit the DHHS website.

We have made a number of changes at kinder due to COVID-19.

As a committee and staff, we are passionate about Ormond Kinder and our community, and the health and safety of all staff and children at OCK is our highest priority.

Supporting families who are learning from home:

Our teaching team worked hard to deliver remote learning in terms two and three for children who were at home self-isolating. They put together "Take-Home Packs" full of ideas, challenges, activities and supplies for children to use while they were at home. Alongside this, they produced "Kinder Connections," a web series which helped to keep enrolled children and families connected to our kindergarten and maintain a sense of community. Every episode centres around a theme. It includes a story or song, a challenge to do at home, and video messages from people in our kinder community, and comes with recommended links attached for families to look at together.

We have had positive feedback from families regarding the delivery of remote learning, and our teaching team greatly values the continued communication with children and families through our email as well our our special “kinder mailbox.”

An example episode of our show can be watched below! While you are watching the video, see if you can find...

  • A seashell

  • Photos of your teachers

  • A tree stump

  • A book about The Rainbow Fish

Keeping safe at kinder:

As per the advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) we are implementing a number of risk mitigation measures. Many of these we commenced at the end of term 1 and we have since expanded on the measures we are taking to minimise risk:

  • 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)

  • excursions and incursions have been cancelled for the time being

  • influenza vaccination for children, staff and parents.

  • No external visitors to kinder unless necessary

  • 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

  • Taking children’s temperature on arrival and throughout the day as a precautionary screening measure

  • 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

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.

Kinder Connections: Babies

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