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.

As we welcome you to our kindergartens in 2021 we are continuing with COVID Safe practices. Please find our current practices below (in line with the latest government guidelines).

Face Masks

Parents and carers must carry a face mask with them to wear when physical distancing of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained.

Risk mitigation strategies

All kindergartens continue to implement a variety of measures to reduce the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission. This includes available hand sanitiser, ensuring physical distancing of 1.5 metres between adults, information posters and floor markings to allow for easy social distancing.

Cleaning

Increased high-touch point cleaning will continue at each kindergarten.

When you visit your kindergarten

 When to wear masks and maintain physical distancing

You must comply with physical distancing, wear a face mask when distancing cannot be maintained, and follow hand hygiene requirements. Your kindergarten will give you specific advice about drop-off and pick-up. Advice about this might differ between each of our kindergartens. Contact your kindergarten about any questions you have.

 Who should use QR codes when visiting a kindergarten?

To support contact tracing, Bethany Kindergarten Services has developed a QR code for visitors, parents, carers and family members who visit on-site. Visitors who do not have a device will be required to sign the visitor book. 

 This QR process is not required at drop off or pick up times or for visitors who stay less than 15 minutes at the kindergarten.

 How many people can visit a kindergarten?

There is currently no restriction on the number or type of visitors to kindergarten premises, as long as a density limit of one person per two square metres is applied to all staff common areas and areas accessed by the public, such as the foyer.

Excursions and Incursions

Bethany Kindergarten Service educators may plan to conduct incursions and excursions in 2021. When planning, educators will ensure all required steps are taken to minimise risks associated with the potential transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

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 Bethany Kindergarten Services on 5278 8122 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.

 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

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