COVID-19 (Coronvirus) Update

As the health and wellbeing of our children and community are our highest priority, all Bayswater Child Care Association (BCCA) centres are taking action to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We think it’s important to look after each other, to stay calm and be informed, so we will be updating this page with new information and advice for families frequently.

Steps we are already taking

  • Staff are overseeing vigilant hygiene practices for themselves and children.
  • Hygiene instruction is incorporated into the early childhood curriculum. See our kindy children’s sing the washing hands song.
  • We have increased our daily clean down activities and are providing hand sanitiser to centre attendees.
  • Where it is practical to do so, we are avoiding the combining of age groups.
  • Families have been requested to keep home any child that appears unwell, particularly with fever, cold or flu symptoms.
  • Parents will be immediately contacted to collect any child that appears unwell.
  • Any staff who have cold or flu symptoms will not return to work until they are fever and symptom-free.
  • Anyone who has travelled internationally has been asked to follow government guidelines and self-isolate for 14 days.

Advice on potential service closures

  • The current advice is that child care centres will not close unless there is a confirmed case within a centre.
  • The decision on whether a service should close will be made by the state government health department or regulatory authority.
  • Centre coordinators will alert families of any intended closure via email (Hub Hello).
  • During a closure, families will receive updates via email (Hub Hello). Including information on the expected reopening of the centre.
  • Where a service closes due to COVID-19 and child care cannot be offered, families will not be charged fees.

Absences from child care

  • Some families may choose to isolate early as a precautionary measure. The Child Care Subsidy (CCS) can be paid for up to 42 absence days per child, per financial year, without the need for families to provide documentation. This keeps the child’s enrolment current.
  • Beyond 42 days of absence, a doctor’s certificate is required.
  • Enrolment automatically ceases when a child does not attend care for 14 weeks. If a child is not ill but is absent due to the wishes of the family, the family may wish to follow the established advice around longer absences, as set out in the Child Care Provider Handbook

Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS)

  • Please contact your centre coordinator if you are experiencing financial difficulties due to the virus. ACCS (temporary financial hardship) is available to provide short-term support for families experiencing a significantly reduced ability to pay child care fees, such as loss of income due to being unable to attend work.
  • In most cases, ACCS will cover the full cost of child care for eligible families. ACCS can be accessed for up to 13 weeks and for up to 100 hours of subsidised child care per fortnight.
  • Families applying for ACCS will be required to provide supporting evidence of a substantial reduction in their ability to pay child care fees, such as an email from their employer.

Further information

How to help prevent the spread of coronavirus

Practising good sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defence against most viruses. You should:

  • wash your hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet
  • cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser
  • and if unwell, avoid contact with others (stay more than 1.5 metres from people).

What to do if someone in your household becomes sick with COVID-19

Symptoms include (but are not limited to) fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue and shortness of breath.  If a person develops mild symptoms, they must:

  • Isolate themselves from others at home and use a separate bathroom if available;
  • Put on a surgical mask and if they don’t have one, practise good sneeze/cough hygiene;
  • Practise good hand hygiene; and
  • Call a doctor or hospital and tell them the recent travel or close contact history. If they have serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing: Call 000, ask for an ambulance and notify the officers of the recent travel or close contact history.

Please visit the Australian Government Department of Health for the latest health advice. 

Please contact the 24/7 National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080 which provides health and situation information on the outbreak. Call 131 450 for translating or interpreting services.