Use of face coverings and temperature checks in our services

  • Date: 23 July 2020
  • Category: General
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People living in Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire are now required to wear face coverings when leaving their homes. This could be a face mask or shield that covers both nose and mouth.

This directive was introduced by the Victorian Government at 11:59pm on Wednesday 22 June to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and protect the community.

The
government has provided specific directions on how face coverings are to be implemented within early childhood education and care (ECEC) settings, which include our Early Learning and Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) services.

We have outlined these directions below so families can embed them in their daily routine.

ECEC face covering directions

  • Children aged under 12 are not required to wear a face covering. Face coverings should never be placed on children aged under two due to choking and strangulation risks.

  • Parents and guardians are required to wear face coverings at drop-off and pick-up times. This can be a mask, scarf or bandana that covers both nose and mouth.

  • Staff: It is not mandatory for teachers and educators to wear a face covering while working with children, but those who wish to do so, can.

  • Staff are generally required to wear face coverings when not working with children in other areas of the service (for example, in reception areas, staff rooms and foyers, when providing first aid or taking temperatures), and when travelling to and from your service.

  • Temperature screening will be taking place at drop-off time, while the parent/guardian is still present. Children with a temperature of 37.5º Celsius or above on screening will not be permitted to proceed to their room.

Please note: people with relevant medical conditions - including problems with their breathing, a serious skin condition on their face, a disability or a mental health condition - are not required to wear a mask or face covering. This exemption also extends to people who are communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.

We know this is a difficult time, as case numbers in Victoria are rising. The health and safety of children, families and staff is our number one priority, as it always has been.

We must all continue to lead by example and follow health directions (wash hands, practise social distancing, wearing face coverings) to prevent the risk of COVID-19 affecting our services, which are essential for many of our families.

If you have any questions regarding face coverings, please speak with your Centre Managers or OSHC Coordinator on your next visit to our services.

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