Safe return to childcare and kindergarten

Is it safe to send your child back to or start at childcare?

As many workplaces begin to reopen their doors, you may be wondering, “Is it safe to send my child back to childcare and kindergarten during this time?”. It’s completely understandable to be nervous. While research shows that children are not as susceptible as adults to the Covid-19 virus, there may still be concerns for your child and your family at home.

Yet, at some stage, we all need to return to normality. So to help ease your concerns, below are some of the steps we’ve taken at Jumbo to minimise the risk of spread and keep your children, your family, and our staff safe.

7 steps to keep your child safe

Here are 7 reasons why it’s safe to bring your child to Jumbo:

  • Social distancing measures

Although it’s difficult to get young children to stay 1.5 metres apart we are encouraging adults who enter the service to follow the social distancing rules. This includes the new placement of markings on the floor to avoid crowding in the foyer areas, as well as, new drop off or pick up procedures to avoid the foyer becoming congested with adults and children.

  • Parent drop off and pick up procedures

Parents drop off and pick up in the foyer area to minimise foot traffic through the rooms and to avoid unnecessary gathering. We ask for parents to patiently wait outside until the foyer is clear, one family in and out at a time.

  • Intensified disinfecting

All surfaces, door-handles and floors are regularly disinfected throughout the day. Toys are also regularly disinfected and are sanitised each day.

  • Practising good hand hygiene

All staff and children wash their hands regularly throughout the day especially before and after meal times and when using the bathroom. There are also hand sanitising stations at the entry to each room for anyone to use when entering and leaving the rooms and service.

  • Educating children

We must continue to educate children on the situation and the importance of good hygiene during this time. We teach children to cough and sneeze into their elbow, not their hands and to continue good hand hygiene by regular hand washing.

  • Staff procedures

Staff are advised if they are unwell to stay home until they have recovered. If staff become unwell throughout the day they are sent home and advised to return when recovered.

  • Health and safety procedures

We ask for parents to keep their child/ren at home if they show any symptoms of being unwell. If any child becomes unwell throughout the day, whilst in attendance, we ask for their parents to come and collect them.

In this time of uncertainty and change, the health and safety of our families and team remains our highest priority.

We hope these steps we’ve taken or increased help to clear up any concerns you may have and we look forward to welcoming you all!