Our actions to date and plans moving forward:
As the pandemic of coronavirus increases, please be assured that we are taking extra precautions to minimise the risk of exposure.
Effective immediately Grace Village will be taking the following precautions:
- Up and coming events will be cancelled/postponed such as the parent information nights and our annual Easter Hat Parade.
- We are reinforcing our already strict hygiene practices and have increased the monitoring, and application, of these procedures
- ALL tours will be cancelled/postponed until further notice. This is to minimise any visitors from entering Grace Village ELC. Further to this, we are trying to minimise the number of adults/visitors we have within our service each day.
- As per current Australian Government guidance and directives, any family or educator who has returned from overseas as of Monday 16 March will be required to go into isolation for 14 days.
- Hand hygiene throughout the day is being strictly adhered to for all educators and children.
- Increased attention to children, staff, and families presenting with flu or cold-like symptoms including:
- Exclusion from the service where exposure to a COVID-19 confirmed case is known or has been declared. With the requirement for a doctor’s clearance to re-attend Grace Village. This is in accordance with directions and guidance from the Australian Government.
- Monitoring the family’s absences due to holidays or illness and by requesting exclusion.
- Providing antibacterial liquid:
- externally at the entry gate
- in the foyer
- at the entry of each room
Meet Grace Village’s Hygiene Robot Cop!
GVHRC teaches our children, and their families, about strict hygiene practices. This is so important now more than ever!
With young children, it can seem easier to manage all hygiene tasks for them. In the short run, it may be easier, but in the long run, doing everything can prevent children from developing age-appropriate self-help and independent living skills.
Our professional cleaners will be completing the following EVERY DAY:
- Use of a hospital-grade disinfectant.
- Disinfection of all door handles, rails and doorplates.
- Disinfection of all keyboards and desk mouse.
- Disinfection of all work desks daily.
- Following a stringent colour coded system to avoid cross-contamination.
- Ensuring all cleaning staff wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment such as gloves.
- Working to prescribed Safe Work Method Statements.
- Using Bleach or disinfectant to kill bacteria and viruses where they could exist.
- Disinfection of all customer-facing surface areas that customers touch, in particular, door handles and the reception area.
Throughout the day educators and kitchen staff are regularly cleaning rooms, doorknobs, mouthed toys, nappy change areas and continuing the ongoing cycle of sanitising resources which are used by the children. Our kitchen is thoroughly audited by the Local Council.
Under the National Quality Standards (NQS) we are required and adhere to strict hygiene practices.
Infection control policy
Prevention of infectious diseases is of the highest priority in our service. Our team will ensure at all times that:
- Clean nappy and toilet areas, tables, beds, benches, art & craft on a regular cycle as per the cleaning schedules.
- Kitchenettes to have food grade cleaning materials available for cleaning in line with food standards.
- Paper hand towel is used to disinfect nappy change mats.
- Toilets and toilet areas are disinfected at least twice per day and when needed e.g. a child vomiting, miss of toilet.
- Children’s equipment is sanitised daily. Mouthed toys are removed immediately and disinfected as soon as possible. All small toys in the 0-2-year-old room to be disinfected daily.
- Outdoor equipment is cleaned thoroughly with cleaning materials every six months.
- Tables, chairs and highchairs are cleaned with warm soapy water/cleaning material after each meal. Floors are swept after each meal. Floors are mopped daily.
- Stretcher beds/ hanging beds are cleaned after each use, cots will be cleaned between children and once a week for five-day babies. Children will not share beds or bedding.
- Beds are to be stored in such a way to allow ventilation. At no time will make up beds be stacked unless the sheets aren’t touching.
- Cot sheets and cot blankets are washed weekly or as required, unless soiled will be washed straight away
- Dummies are to be labelled, to ensure correct dummies are given to the babies. These are to be stored in individually labelled containers. Dummies on chains are to be removed from the cots to ensure that other children cannot access them.
- Cups, plates, and utensils are washed between children as per food standards.
- Gloves are worn when wiping noses or hands are to be washed in warm soapy water.
- Separate washers, tissues, and bibs are to be used for each and every child.
- More than two confirmed cases of an infectious illness need to be reported to the state’s Health Department – the Health Department recommendations override the ‘Staying Healthy in Childcare’ during an outbreak.
Illness and hygiene standards are referenced through Staying Healthy in Childcare (SHCC) and/or Public Health Unit (PHU) if this exceeds SHCC ie. vomiting – PHU states 48 hours clearance, SHCC states 24 hours clearance – Our Service follows PHU).
Child wellbeing & oral health policy:
The team will ensure that every step is taken to minimise cross-infection within the Service during the nappy change, toileting, mealtimes, routines and programmed times.
We will ensure routines are conducted in ways that maintain respect for each child, with interactions that are warm and responsive and support children’s growth and learning.
To assist, the CREATORS will be creating a ‘Supervisor Robot’ at the front reception accompanied by signage explaining the importance of these measures in keeping us all safe. Hand sanitiser will be provided in this area.
We pride ourselves on our safe environment for our children. It is really important to you, and important to us, that we follow the above guidelines.
We don’t want to cause any unnecessary panic to our families and our little villagers, so please let’s work together to minimise risk and educate ourselves and our children.
Chantal & Ray