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Important Updates from Kids Club in Regards to COVID-19

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We are certainly living in trying times.

The outbreak of COVID-19 (commonly referred to as Coronavirus) has led to unprecedented levels of confusion and anxiety among many communities here in Australia.

Rest assured Kids Club centres are open and operating with increased health, safety and hygiene standards. Please see below for more information and bookmark this page as we will be updating this on regular basis.

Be kind to each other.

We urge everyone to remain thoughtful during this time and continue to show love, patience, and kindness to each other. Share your resources, help the vulnerable and give where you can to help members in your community who may be struggling. Shut down fear, listen to the authorities and become a global citizen. Do not give in to the ignorance of the frenzied few that we have witnessed across this time.

In saying that, we understand that this is a serious issue and we as a business, we are taking every step that we can to ensure the protection and safety of all Children, Parents, Guardians and Staff among our centres.

If you are stuck at home during this lockdown period, please also be aware that we have collated some wonderful at home activities which you can use to keep the kids entertained. For a full collection of these activities, please visit our Online Learning Centre.

Your child’s safety is of the utmost importance to us.

Kids Club has been following all protocols since the announcement of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

We are very much aware of the current situation and are keeping a close eye in all our centres to remain vigilant. As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation develops, Kids Club has and will continue to follow the advice of the Department of Health, Department of Home Affairs, the Department of Education and all relevant state health ministries. Across all our centres we have been adhering to their recommendations with strict adherence.

All Kids Club Centres are presently conducting the following Covid Safety Measures:

  • Under a Covid Safety Plan & Checklist.
  • Undertake ongoing, constant cleaning schedules throughout the daily centre operations and again during the evening after the centre has closed.
  • Requiring staff members to wear face masks for indoor and outdoor operations, with the exception of when clear visual cues are required for the children’s well-being.
  • For Drop off and Pick Ups, centres require parents to:
    • Sign-in,
    • Use QR Code Check in across NSW & VIC,
    • Wear face masks while on site,
    • Use designated Drop Off and Pick Up Zones,
    • Follow any centre specific safety protocols.
  • Increased sanitary stations for centre use.
  • Requesting that any families who exhibit any symptoms, no matter how mild, to not attend the centre and remain at home until they receive testing and return a negative Covid result.
  • Required core staff to obtain Federally Accredited, Covid Safety Marshal Certification for both managing the risk of infection and understanding the mandated requirements for procedural development on how to handle confirmed cases.

Know the signs.

We politely ask that if you have come in contact with, travelled to a restricted area or suspect that you have come in contact with someone who may have contracted Coronavirus (COVID-19), then we strongly encourage you to speak with your medical professional about getting tested. If testing is required, while you are awaiting results, please be considerate and stay away from our centres. 

The Department of Health have realised a checklist here of symptoms you need to be aware of.

We understand you may be concerned. 

If you have any concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19), we urge you to please speak with the dedicated Federal Government Department of Health, you state based Government, or your medical professional.  

If you have any concerns regarding our centres, then we welcome you to address these concerns with your respective Centre Director, or feel free to contact our Support Office directly on [email protected]. Please be patient with our team. We are experiencing a high volume of queries, but we endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible. 

If you have any concerns regarding our centres, then we welcome you to address these concerns with your respective Centre Director, or feel free to contact our Support Office directly on [email protected]. Please be patient with our team. We are experiencing a high volume of queries, but we endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible. 

Latest Updates for NSW 

Update Regarding Centre Staff Vaccinations – September 10, 2021 

As of September 10, 2021, over 80% of staff in centres have now received at least their first vaccination for Covid-19. A portion of which are now fully vaccinated.  

 
Announcement Regarding Lockdowns in NSW and Early Childhood Learning Centres – August 20, 2021. 

Our last news that effected our services for NSW families was on August 20, 2021. Please see the official release here. 

We would like to share an update since the recent announcements surrounding Early Childhood Education Centres. We would like to reassure families that our services remain open for families and children requiring care.  

There are important things that ECEC services can do to protect staff and families attending our services: 

  • Wear a mask in indoor and outdoor areas of the ECEC unless absolutely necessary to remove it. 
  • COVID-19 is a respiratory virus which is spread from an infected person’s mouth or nose when they cough, sneeze, speak, sing, or breathe heavily. People can catch COVID-19 when the virus gets into their mouth, nose, or eyes, which is more likely when people are in close contact (less than 1.5 metres) with an infected person and are not wearing a mask. 
  • It is especially important to wear a mask when working next to other staff in the ECEC. 

  • Masks should also be worn in tea rooms and other shared areas such as toilets. 
  • Parents should wear masks when dropping off or picking up children. 
  • Practice good hand hygiene and wipe down shared surfaces every time you do something. 

NSW Health has shared the below information about vaccinations: 

  • One dose of either AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine lowers the risk of being admitted to hospital or to intensive care because of COVID-19 by around 70%. Two doses lowers this risk by around 87%. 
  • One dose of either AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine lowers the risk of dying because of COVID-19 by around 70%. Two doses lowers this risk by around 90%. 
  • Vaccination also lowers the chance of spreading COVID-19 to others if you become infected. 
  • Childcare workers who live or work in the LGAs of concern must have their first vaccination dose by 30 August.

We would like to reassure families that more than 50% of our team members have already received their first dose of the vaccine, with a portion of those already fully vaccinated. We are working with our team who may be affected by legislated vaccination requirements to assist them to meet those requirements. 

If you currently require care and education, we also remind you not to bring your child if they have any symptom of being unwell. We also ask that you do not bring your child if you or anyone else in your household has any symptom of being unwell. 

The health, safety and wellbeing of children, families, staff, and the community is most important at this time. We will continue to provide updated information as we receive it from NSW Health. 

Thank you for your ongoing support. Please stay safe and well. 

Latest Updates for VIC 

Updates on Authorised Worker Permits – September 10, 2021 

For Updates on the Authorised Worker Permits as of September 10, 2021, please see communication from the Victorian Government here 

 
Announcement Regarding VIC Gov & Early Childhood Education Centre Permits – August 22, 2021. 

Our last news that effected our services for NSW families was on August 22, 2021. Please see the official release here. 

Thank you for your patience as we try to interpret the changes about to be imposed on attendance at our centres. 

As announced on Saturday 21 August, childcare, kindergarten, and early education centres are open only for the children of authorised workers if they cannot work from home or if no supervision is available at home, or for a vulnerable child.  

Whilst these details may still be subject to change, the following children may access childcare (until 11.59pm on 2 September currently): 

  1. Children whose parent/s (one parent in single parent families) are in the authorised worker category and it is their day/s of work (evidence required from both parents)
     
  2. Vulnerable children – for example children in out of home care, children known to child protection and other agencies and children that our service identifies as vulnerable 

If your child/ren will be attending one of our centres during this restricted period, please let us know as soon as possible or at least by 2pm Monday 23 August 2021 so that we can make appropriate operating adjustments. 

If you are an authorised worker 

Please provide us with a copy of your authorised provider and authorised worker permit/s from your employer to indicate your eligibility to access childcare. Your employer should provide you with your permit, which is available at: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/authorised-provider-and-authorised-worker-permit 

Authorised Worker Permit 

Please note we are being asked to seek this evidence for both parents/guardians. The permit/s can be emailed to your centre. Centre email addresses are provided below:

We will be unable to accept any children for whom we have not received proof, from Tuesday 24 August. We are also only able to accept your child on the days that you are working. 

Although your employer should know the details, in order to help you determine you are in the authorised worker category, you can see the list here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/authorised-provider-and-authorised-worker-list-0 

Vulnerable children 

If your child is attending care because they are in the category of ‘vulnerable children’, we have enough information on file and will not require any further documentation. However, we will be following the strict guidelines set out by the State Government for who can attend from this category.

 Latest Updates for QLD 

Presently, services are operating as usual in QLD, with additional measures in place to prevent the exposure of Covid-19 to the centre. Please see above: Covid Safety Measures.  

Latest Updates for ACT 

For parents who are able and allowed to attend, presently, services are operating as usual in ACT, with additional measures in place to prevent the exposure of Covid-19 to the centre. Please see above: Covid Safety Measures.