Services wishing to undertake excursions must ensure that risk assessments are conducted and consider any additional risks related to COVID-19. All other requirements including hygiene practices must be followed.

Current restrictions in alignment with Tasmania’s Roadmap to Recovery are published at Tasmanian Government Coronavirus and include information on returning to sport and recreation.

You can also find up to date information at Coronavirus Tasmania – Schools and Childcare.

For information about changes to the National Regulations regarding the safe transportation of children, please visit ACECQA.

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You will need to let us know if someone who accesses the service has tested positive for COVID-19. Please see the Notifying the ECU section of our website for more information.

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If anyone in the home is subject to self-isolation / quarantine restrictions then the FDC educator should not be operating.

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Please visit the Education and Care Unit COVID-19 Recovery Plan and the Assessment and Rating Information Sheet 2020 for information about how we are conducting Assessment and Rating visits.

We have contacted all services that will be assessed and rated in 2020.

Services that had their Assessment and Rating visits canceled in early 2020 due to COVID-19 may not be on the schedule to be assessed during 2020. We will contact these services to arrange an appropriate timeframe to conduct your Assessment and Rating.

Please see the Assessment and Rating Information Sheet 2020 for information about how we have changed the structure of A&R to support the health and wellbeing of all children, families, educators, and staff.

Please see Being COVID-safe in ECEC for information about the COVID-19 Safe Workplaces Framework.

For the latest information about COVID-19 and ECEC please visit:

The Information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) section of our website.

The Department of Education Skills and Employment’s Early Childhood Education and Care COVID-19 Information.

Coronavirus Tasmania – Schools and Childcare

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This is an individual service decision based on your service’s COVID-Safe plan.

ACECQA has released Information about supervised professional experience requirements for final year initial teacher education students (ECTs) in 2020.

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Please visit the Notifying the ECU section of our page for information about applying for a waiver.

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Please visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) section of our website for information.

You can also visit Coronavirus Tasmania – Schools and Childcare for information about COVID-19 and child care.

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The Australian Government Department of Health or Tasmanian Public Health will advise you of the need for a partial, or full closure.

You can also visit the Notifying the ECU section of our website for instructions on how to let us know about serious incidents and changes to service operations.

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Please visit the Being COVID-safe in ECEC section of our website for information and links to resources for developing COVID-19 Safety Plans.

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Please visit the Being COVID-safe in ECEC section of our website for information on safety measures.

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Please visit the Government Support section of our website for more information about current support for services and families.

If you have any questions, please contact the ECU on 6165 6425 or 1800 816 057 or via ecu.comment@education.tas.gov.au or contact your point of contact authorised officer directly.

If your service uses a bus to transport children you will need to put strategies in place in alignment with your service’s COVID-19 Plan.

Travel on public transport and private vehicles is exempt from restrictions on gatherings, so there can be more than 10 people using a form of transport. Passengers are encouraged to keep physical distancing in mind and choose a seat away from others, where possible.

For further information and guidance please see Public Transport and Transport Cleaning

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ACECQA has also provided a collection of resources to assist services in planning and providing their programs to meet the requirements of health advice for COVID-19.

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The Education and Care Unit COVID-19 Recovery Plan outlines how the ECU will work with providers and services to move towards ‘business as usual’ regulatory activities.

The plan suggests a staged approach without specific timeframes.  We will implement the stages to align with Tasmania’s Roadmap to Recovery which is informed by Public Health advice, and with ongoing consultation with the sector. We will clearly communicate which stage of the recovery plan is active and what this means, so that providers and services understand what is happening across our operational areas.

Our aim is that we work together effectively and continue to ensure children’s health, safety and wellbeing remain paramount.

If you have any questions, please contact the ECU on 6165 6425 or 1800 816 057 or via ecu.comment@education.tas.gov.au or contact your point of contact authorised officer directly.

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Approved providers do not need to notify the ECU if there is a state or nationwide closure of all education and care services.

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Updated 8 September 2020