Precautionary measures as of 25 March 2020
Precautionary measures approved providers and services may consider include:
- Avoiding excursions
- Minimising visitors to the service, or implementing strategies to limit access to the service by non-essential people including delivery people, students, consultants, media, multiple family members etc.
- Keeping children separated by rooms or age groupings where possible
- Avoiding holding gatherings or special events where large numbers of people are gathering
being able to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres between people indoors
- considering the size of the any outdoor space, the number of people in it, and how much room people have to move around safely — as a general rule, people should be able to keep 1.5 metres apart.
- Rostering access to outside areas or common areas
- Conducting the program outside where possible
- Avoiding sharing sunhats, dress ups or costumes
- Considering opening windows and adjusting air conditioning (if available) for more ventilation
- Promoting strict hygiene in food preparation areas
- Rostering meal times to avoid children having contact with anyone they wouldn’t usually have contact with (or to decrease the number of children eating at once)
- Promoting a regular handwashing schedule
- Providing hand hygiene products and suitable rubbish bins, with frequent cleaning and waste disposal.
- Cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces regularly
- Supporting educators to prioritise supervision and hygiene
- Prioritising hygiene procedures, if they have to take longer at the expense of less of the learning program, it can’t be helped
- Brainstorming ways educators can work differently at this time
Talking with your cleaners about re-prioritising surfaces that children come into contact with over other things.
- Reviewing how you use resources and clean between uses
- Considering how you can implement social distancing measures for children of different age groups. Where this is difficult consider ways you can minimise risks for children and educators, such as increase handwashing and cleaning being incorporated into the program
- Talking with children and families about your existing hygiene procedures and strategies you’re implementing to provide safe, quality care at this time.
To support identifying and implementing precautionary measures approved providers and services can review:
- The Australian Government Department of Health Environmental cleaning and disinfection principles for COVID-19 and Social distancing guidance.
- The latest information for Tasmanian public schools please visit the Department of Education Alerts web page.
The latest advice on school closures please read the school closure update from the Department of Health, Tasmania.
- The Tasmanian Department of Health has developed a number of Fact Sheets for Schools and Families that include information that you may wish to consider on the Tasmanian Public Health website.
We also recommend providers and services consider connecting with peak bodies and networking with colleagues, providers and services across the sector. This may provide you with opportunities to share ideas, suggestions and educators to support ways to mitigate risks and operate safely at this time.