To prevent the spread of viruses, it is everyone’s responsibility to practice good hygiene, social distancing and staying away from others if you are sick. We here at Little Peoples are striving to do our bit to keep our communities safe! We’ve compiled below some of our favourite resources, for both your own information and some helpful items for our ‘Little People’ too.
Last Update: 29th July 2021,- The latest NSW Governments Advice is as follows:
- People who usually live, work and/or study in the Greater Sydney region (including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour) should follow stay-at-home orders from 6:00pm Saturday 26 June until at least 12.01am on 28 August unless it is for an essential reason which includes essential work, education or care where you cannot work or study from home.
- You must have a mask with you every time you leave home, and wear it when you are;
- Indoors except at your own home
- Working outdoors
- In outdoor markets or outdoor shops
- Queuing outdoors or waiting for coffee and food
- The NSW Government announced that from Monday 12 July the Service NSW QR code will be mandatory at all workplaces and retail businesses, including all early childhood education and care services.
What this means for our services:
- We are considered an essential service, therefore families can travel to and from their education and care service as required.
- The parent/carer who is dropping off and picking up their child must now wear a mask.
- Masks are required in Early Childhood Education and Care settings in the Greater Sydney region (including indoor and outdoor environments) per the latest public health order.
Exemptions for wearing masks in ECE apply:
- outside of the Greater Sydney region;
- where a child is deaf or hard of hearing; or
- the clear enunciation or visibility of the educator’s mouth is essential.
- Please note, Early childhood education educators do not have to wear masks when providing education and care to children in areas outside of the Greater Sydney region. Educators may choose to wear masks, and masks are recommended when engaging with other adults, such as during pick-up and drop-off, and in administrative areas of the service.
- Families and visitors are required to check-in using the Service NSW QR code upon entering the service premises.
- At this time, non-essential visitors are not allowed on site.
Find out about the new rules for authorised workers (including aged care and health workers) who need to leave their local government area to go to work.
New Restrictions for Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool or Parramatta council areas – https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/greater-sydney#workers-in-western-sydney
- You must remain at home if you are unwell, even with the mildest of symptoms. Staff and educators in services are encouraged to seek a COVID test if unwell. They should receive a negative COVID test and be symptom free before returning to the service. https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/clinics.aspx
- If you have been to a venue of concern, you must comply with the self-isolation and testing requirements as directed by the relevant Health Department.
- NSW Government Latest News
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert
- What You Need to Know About COVID-19
- If You Need Help Coping With COVID-19
- Smart Traveller Website
For the Little People:
- The Wiggles have released a Social Distancing Song, click here for the link to the song on YouTube.
- The Wiggles also have a great handwashing song! Listen to it here.
- The Queensland Government have released a book and song related to COVID-19 about a character called Birdie. Click here to view!
- The New South Wales Government have also released a children’s book to help young children to understand what this virus is. You can download it here.
Mental health during the pandemic is becoming a big priority. Be You, a part of Beyond Blue, provides educators with knowledge, resources and strategies for helping children and young people achieve their best possible mental health. Visit the website here for more information and resources.
For over 20 years Emerging Minds has been dedicated to advancing the mental health and emotional wellbeing of Australian infants, children, adolescents and their families. Visit the Emerging Minds website to have a look at their large range of resources!
Keep checking back in with us for updates!