The Bethany Group’s response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In response to the current global health emergency regarding COVID-19, the Bethany Group are closely monitoring the evolving situation, guided by the advice we receive from State and Federal Governments and health organisations.

Our priority is the families who use our services, our staff and the broader community at this time.

Bethany Kindergarten Services (BKS) continues to review and respond to the advice provided by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), the primary authority advising governments and government departments in Australia on the response to COVID19.

 

Are all Bethany Kindergartens still open?

  • In line with the latest advice from the Victorian Government on Sunday 2 August 2020, all 22 kindergartens are open.
  • Early childhood services, including sessional kindergarten, in regional and rural Victoria under Stage 3 restrictions, can continue to operate, with appropriate risk-mitigation measures in place.

Please do not bring children to the kindergarten if:

  • They are unwell, even if it’s just mild symptoms and advise educators
  • Anyone in the household is awaiting COVID-19 test results and showing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Anyone in the household has been identified as a close contact (with a positive COVID case) and is in 14-day isolation awaiting medical clearance.
  • Please contact BKS on 52788122 if your child is tested for COVID-19, is a confirmed case of COVID-19 or they have come into contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the last 14 days.

When families attend the service:

  • Only one adult per child at drop-off and pick-up times (where safe and appropriate please don’t bring other children to the service)
  • Drop off and collection will occur at the door. Family members are not able to enter the service and we ask that all adults wear face coverings/masks
  • Attend the service at the appropriate time as per the advised staggered start and finish times
  • Maintain physical distancing with Educators and other parents
  • Children will be temperature checked upon arrival. Staff will be wearing a facemask at this time.

What you can expect from BKS:

  • We have a higher level of cleaning in place and this will continue
  • We are promoting regular handwashing with the children
  • We are playing outside as much as possible, as the weather permits
  • We will call and ask families to pick up children if they begin to show any of the following symptoms:
  • Fever
  • Chills or sweats
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Loss of sense of smell/taste

Where do I go if I need further information about fees?

  • All families have been sent information about fees, however the fees team can be contacted on (03) 5273 0212 or by email fees@bethany.org.aufor further information.

What if my child is enrolled, but I prefer to care for them at home?

  • We understand that families are making individual choices regarding attendance at Kindergarten.
  • Families will keep their place in kindergarten, regardless of attendance during Term 2.
  • We are developing a Learning at Home approach for families that choose to keep children at home.
  • There is no need to cancel your enrolment.  Keeping your child enrolled will hold your child’s place at the service and allow them to access Learning from Home resources.

What are some of the changes to the learning program?

  • Activities will be set up, routines put into place, furniture and equipment spaced to encourage individual and small group play
  • Maximum opportunity for outdoor play will be provided – please ensure children are dressed in warm clothes as days become cooler
  • Educators will avoid bringing the children together as a large group and will work with children individually and in small groups

What do I do if I would like more information?

  • Contact your child’s teacher by online communication portals (eg educa, school stream, story park), email and phone to discuss your child’s needs and progress. We are requesting parents and carers limit face to face contact with educators
  • Advise your child’s educators if your child will not be attending to assist them with planning
  • Keep your child’s teacher up to date with any family circumstances that may affect your child
  • It is a difficult time for many families. If you require support, please reach out, we are here to help. The Central Support Office can be contacted on 5273 0200 or via email at kindergartens@bethany.org.au.

Where do I get further information about COVID-19?

The Australian Government – Department of Health
https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services
https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

The Victorian Department of Education and Training
https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/coronavirus.aspx