COVID-19:

In this time of uncertainty, Colour My World Children’s Centre has a focus on the health and safety of our children and teams. This is our highest priority. We understand that support, co-operation, kindness and communication is the key to managing such unnerving times. Please find the latest Government Updates for your convenience: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert



Free child care for all our enrolled families, effective Monday 6th April 2020

Thanks to the Australian Government, parents can continue to play their vital roles in Australia’s workforce and education systems. With the introduction of the Child Care Rescue Package implemented by the Australian Government, families can keep their bookings in place for free, even if your child is temporarily not currently attending centre. This allows parents to hold their child’s place until the family is ready to re-commence care. This applies to all enrolled families regardless if they are eligible for the child care subsidy (CCS) or not.

This is temporarily replacing the usual Child Care Subsidy system as we know it. This is in place up until 12th July 2020.

According to the Prime Minister, parents who have terminated enrolments are encouraged to get back in contact with their centre and re-start their arrangements. Re-starting will hold your place for when you are ready to return your child to their centre and won’t require you to pay a gap fee.

Previous or existing families that would like to re-instate their bookings or increase their days please contact your Centre Director.


Free child care ceases and return to Child Care Subsidy system for all our enrolled families, effective Monday 13th April 2020

As of Monday 13th July 2020, Australia will return to the original Child Care Subsidy system. Families are encouraged to:

  • Update their details via their MyGov account, regarding their income status and their hours
  • Ensure their estimated Income and Activity assessment is up to date
  • Apply for ACCS TFH (Additional Child Care Subsidy – Temporary Financial Hardship) if they have been affected by circumstances such as COVID-19
  • Apply for ACCS TTW (Additional Child Care Subsidy – Transition To Work) if they have been affected by circumstances such as COVID-19 (Please note this requires a fortnightly log in to take effect)
  • Accurate information submitted via MyGov should ensure that the CCS entitlements are reflected accordingly to assist families

More information about the relief package can be found here.

https://www.pm.gov.au/media/early-childhood-education-and-care-relief-package

How will my child be protected in centre?

Colour My World has introduced the following changes:

  • Stringent drop off and pick up strategies for our current families.
  • Refraining from allowing any personnel to enter the premises unless it is absolutely necessary. For example, all deliveries are left on our veranda and brought inside by our own team.
  • Introduction of Visitor Entry Guidelines where visitors will have their temperatures checked upon arrival and require masks to be worn.
  • Temperatures of individuals on site (children and staff) are taken upon arrival and regularly throughout the day.
  • Suspension of face-to-face training, pursuing only online professional development and training.
  • Introduction of more vigorous cleaning routines throughout the day and after hours.

Colour My World Children’s Centre is consistently monitoring the advice from state and federal authorities and follows the required and preventative measures stipulated to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Colour My World Children’s Centre’s families’ and team members’ health and safety remain our highest priority.

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COVID-19 Health and Safety Management Plan in Colour My World Children’s Centres

Colour My World Children’s Centre is making every effort to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 to protect the health and safety of team members, children, families, and the wider community. Our COVID-19 Health and Safety Management Plan and Policies reflect our current processes that have been informed by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee high-level advice for the Early Childhood Education and Care sector. And specifically tailor designed to meet Colour My World Children’s Centre’s personal requirements in relation to COVID-19.

Our families and team members should feel confident about steps taken to reduce the risk of any infection in our centres, noting that current Government advice suggests that children are at a lower risk of contracting COVID-19. Whilst we continue to actively monitor the situation, we have provided a summary below of how our team members are implementing these measures in our centres.

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Health and hygiene

Based on the latest advice from authorities, there are some simple steps you can take to protect you and your families from COVID-19 and other illnesses. We are promoting and practising these measures at all centres.

Self-isolation conditions for travellers – Current Families

Any child or team member who arrives in Australia from overseas (any country) from 16th March 2020 must not attend their child care centre for 14 days from their date of arrival. This decision supports the mandatory self-isolation period already imposed on travellers by the Australian Government. If a family member in your immediate household has arrived in Australia from overseas (any country) within the past 14 days and is in self-isolation, then you or your child should continue to attend and notify CMW if there are any changes in the health status of the person who has returned from international travel. This equally applies to our team members as well.

Increased safety measures

CMW continues to evaluate and enhance the measures we are taking to protect children in our care, families and team members. The latest measures include a new COVID-19 Visitor Entry Process, which has been developed to minimise risk within our centres. This process is designed for everyone entering our centres, other than currently enrolled families and team members. To support community needs, centre tours are going ahead with reviewed centre tour processes to mitigate risks. The modified process will ensure that potential new families follow preventative measures. Families who would like to book a tour will be asked where they have travelled recently, if they have had exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19 and if they are exhibiting any flu-like symptoms. If any risks are identified, their tour will be delayed until we have confidence in their wellness. If the tour is to proceed, their temperature will be taken and they will be required to wear a mask provided by our service. The same procedure will apply to anyone requiring entry to our service.

How to talk to children about COVID-19

It is understandable that this unprecedented situation has created anxiety among families, especially among young children. It is important they get all the support they need – both at our centres and at home. Our educators are here to guide and support children through difficult situations. There are several online guides about how you can talk to your children about COVID-19. Below is a great link for families regarding COVID-19 as we partner together in educating our children and keeping them learning.

https://www.startingblocks.gov.au/covid-19/

The Australian Government’s youth mental health initiative, headspace, has also produced a guide for older children.

https://headspace.org.au/young-people/how-to-cope-with-stress-related-to-covid-19/

Support for domestic violence and abuse

COVID-19 is an unprecedented situation that may cause additional stress for many families, with more time spent in the home. In some circumstances, this can unfortunately result in an increase in domestic violence incidents and abuse in the home. If you, or someone you know, needs help, please contact the following helplines, who will assist in getting you in touch with the correct resources and additional support for leaving the abusive environment. 1800RESPECT – 1800 737 732 24-hour national sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling line for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Lifeline – 13 11 14 Lifeline has a national number who can help put you in contact with a crisis service in your state. Anyone across Australia experiencing a personal crisis can call. Kids Help Line – 1800 551 800

Further information on COVID-19

Australian Government fact sheet:

https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2020/03/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-international-travellers_0.pdf

Isolation guidance – Australian Government fact sheet:

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-isolation-guidance

Contact Information

We will continue to keep everyone updated as necessary, however current families can discuss any concerns or questions with your Centre Manager in the first instance. If you have specific questions relating to individual situations, please contact the relevant state or territory public health agency:

  • ACT call 02 5124 9213
  • NSW call 1300 066 055
  • Qld call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84)
  • SA call 1300 232 272
  • VIC call 1300 651 160
  • WA visit healthywa.wa.gov.au or call your local public health unit