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Managing COVID-19 in our centres

When to keep your child at home

COVID-19 has changed how all childcare services operate when it comes to illness and AEIOU is no exception. We are currently following strict government directives which mean we are cannot legally allow children with cold or flu-like symptoms to attend our service. 

Coughs, sniffles, sore throat, temperatures, a runny nose (even a clear runny nose): if your child has any of these symptoms, please do not bring them into the centre. They should only return when they have passed the contagious period of their infection and are symptom-free. 

If your child's symptoms are due to another condition (e.g. asthma or allergies) and you can obtain a certificate from your medical practitioner confirming that their condition is not contagious, they may be able to attend. A negative COVID-19 test (RAT or PCR) will also be required. 

If your child develops cold or flu-like symptoms in our care, we will notify you to collect them as soon as possible to ensure they recover quickly and minimise the risk of others becoming unwell. 
 
We understand the inconvenience this can cause, especially when it affects your ability to work or care for others. However our primary responsibility is the health and wellbeing of the children and team members at our centres. 

Stopping the spread of COVID-19

Everyone has an important role to play; collectively, we can keep AEIOU COVID-free!

  • Mask wearing:

Please wear a face mask when visiting AEIOU, in line with current indoor restrictions. All our team members will be wearing a face mask or face shield. We're all fully vaccinated too.

  • Foyer drop-off & pick-up:

Only go as far as the foyer during drop-off and pick-up and not into any classrooms. While we know this is hard, it's a proven measure to help keep your child and everyone else safe.

  • Social distancing:

Practice social distancing at all times. That means maintaining a 1.5 meter distance between yourself and others.

  • Temperature checking:

Sign-in and record your temperature if you're at the centre for longer than 15 minutes. For standard visits, please sign-in using your State or Territory check-in app. And stay home if you're feeling unwell or isolating.
 
Children will be temperature checked each morning. If they record a temperature above 37.5% or display flu-like symptoms, you will be asked to take them home.

  • Hand hygiene and sanitisation:

Handwashing and sanitisation continue to be a priority at all centres. Everyone is encouraged to sanitise on arrival and handwashing will take place throughout the day. 


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