Welcome to our August news. A big thankyou to the families for your support during our recent lockdown. It's not easy, but here is hoping we have no more lockdowns anytime soon.
Just a reminder that masks must still be worn when entering our service. Anyone not wearing a mask will unfortunately be denied access. Please also remember to check in using the Qld Covid check in app.
Under the advice of Queensland Health our dental visit has been rescheduled to Friday 20 August.
We ask that families please pack at least one set of spare clothes each day. Accidents do happen and if we have a spare set of clothes available it will avoid a phone call for you to visit during your work hours to drop off a spare set.
For many children, starting child care for the first time will bring many firsts: their first day, their first teacher, their first best friend, and for some their first rounds of common childhood illnesses.
Children are prone to getting sick during the first few years of life as their bodies build immunity to infections.
The way that children interact with each other and with adults in education and care services means that diseases can quickly spread in a variety of ways. Children, especially younger children, have close contact with other people through playing or cuddling; they often put objects in their mouths; and they may not always cover their coughs or sneezes. Because some germs can survive on surfaces, children may touch a contaminated surface, then put their hands in their mouth and become infected. If a child has an ill sibling at home, they could also be incubating the illness, and risk bringing germs from home into the education and care service.
Whether or not a person becomes ill in an education and care service depends on three things:
- The type of germ—some viruses, such as measles and norovirus, are very infectious. Others, such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are very difficult to spread in education and care services.
- The opportunity for transmission—germs have a greater chance of spreading if, for example, there are inadequate hand-washing facilities, or ill children are not excluded from the education and care service.
- The person's immunity—people who have been immunised against a particular disease, or who have had that disease before, are unlikely to become ill if they come in contact with the disease. People who have not been immunised, or who do not have natural immunity to that disease, have a much higher risk of becoming infected and developing the disease.
The most important ways to break the chain of infection and stop the spread of diseases are:
- effective hand hygiene
- exclusion of ill children, educators and other staff
Cleaning - we ensure that our cleaning protocols are adhered to and follow above the minimum conditions as outlined in Staying Health in Child Care Editon 5.
Book Week Celebrations
We will be celebrating book week this year on Monday 23 August. We are asking if your child attends on a Monday, to come dressed as their favourite book character.
We are also asking if you could bring a plate of food to share. We will be having a book character picnic in our playground.