With Corona Virus (COVID-19) gaining lots of publicity and growing in significance over recent days we feel it’s important to communicate on issues that impact on our service and how we as a community can work together to minimise the risk of cross-infection.
Our main responsibility as a service is safeguarding the health of children, staff, and visitors to our service by ensuring well-established hygiene practices are being reinforced in order to minimise the risk of infection.
In doing so we ask that all adults ensure that they are using the hand sanitiser dispenser located in the foyer on arrival and departure of our service as well as wash your child’s hands with soap at the children’s sinks located in the rooms also.
Importantly, should your child be unwell in any way – even if it is unlikely to be coronavirus (COVID-19), please ensure that they are kept at home until they are in good health.
With the World Health Organisation yesterday declaring Corona Virus (COVID-19) as a pandemic there is an escalation in precautionary measures, particularly for people who have travelled overseas. (Please find current advice from the health department in the link at the end of this notice). In some countries, self-isolation is mandatory (Iran, China, Italy, Korea) and in others, self-isolation is expected if any flu-like symptoms are displayed.
As a service, in addition to the government guidelines, we would like to ask that all children who have returned from overseas, regardless of the country, self-isolate for 14 days before returning to the service as a precautionary measure. If this affects you personally please come and speak to me.
Furthermore, if your child has come into contact with anyone who has travelled from overseas and displayed symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) we ask that you speak to us directly.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this subject, please don’t hesitate to contact me.