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Concert series to educate families about water safety A new initiative from Kids Alive is set to entertain and educate families...
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Concert series to educate families about water safety

Kids and Laurie couch

A new initiative from Kids Alive is set to entertain and educate families about water safety. The Kids Alive ‘Couch Concerts’ was a series of free online events starting June 1 to help families with little ones learn how to navigate water safety.

Founder Laurie Lawrence said the concept was developed in response to the travel and leisure restrictions that have occurred due to COVID-19, with the organisation concerned kids and parents could be missing out on important water safety messages.

“We usually deliver our water safety programs nationally, onsite at swim schools and early learning (childcare) centres but when we couldn’t travel and when swim schools and early learning (childcare) centres were restricted, we jumped in and developed the new online events,” Laurie said.

“While restrictions are now starting to be eased, families and young children still need entertainment and education opportunities in the comfort of their own home. These online events may even reach a larger audience and keep water safety front of mind during winter.” 

Throughout the month of June, Kids Alive will host over 18 virtual events live at 2pm each day through their Facebook page and website. The events have been designed to deliver water safety messages in a fun and innovative way and will include kids dance concerts, puppet shows, craft videos and book readings.

Visit www.kidsalive.com.au or https://www.facebook.com/kids.alive.do.the.five/

The Gold Coast Bulletin have released an article outlining the concern for our childcare sector as we face the closure of centres due to COVID-19.

To read the full article Virus crippling childcare sector with centres facing closure please click here or visit the Gold Coast Bulletin web page.

Would you like to have a chat with your ACA Qld GM about any topics or areas of concern? Simply log in to the ACA Qld website and visit the Members Area web page to make a booking and ACA Qld's GM, Brent Stokes will call you at the appointed time for a dedicated session focussing on your situation and questions. Each session is 30 minutes to enable this offering to as many of our Members as possible.

If you wish to discuss the ECEC relief package or JobKeeper, we request that you complete the ACA calculator before your scheduled session.

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Bookings are currently available for the next two weeks:

Monday 11 to Thursday 14 May

Tuesday 19 to Thursday 21 May

Please select the appropriate time slot available for you.

Announcements

 

The COVID-19 situation continues to escalate and advice is being updated daily.

The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) does not recommend pre‑emptive closures of early childhood education and care services to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at this time. Childcare services are considered essential services and are encouraged to continue to operate wherever possible at this time.   

There is currently limited information on the contribution of children to transmission of COVID-19.  The impact of COVID-19 on otherwise healthy children has been minimal to date, but parents of children with existing medical conditions should seek medical advice in relation to accessing early childhood services.

Managing infection control in early childhood education and care is always challenging, but practices that should be in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 include:

Unwell staff, children and visitors

  • Sick children, staff and visitors must stay at home and seek medical advice by contacting a doctor or calling 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84)
  • Check with family members each morning at drop-off regarding any changes in a child’s health, particularly any signs of fever, cough or shortness of breath
  • Use the COVID-19 quiz if you are concerned that anyone is displaying symptoms – it will provide advice on what to consider and what to do
  • Regularly monitor all children and staff throughout the day for any emerging symptoms
  • Children, families and staff must self-isolate for 14 days if they are returning from overseas travel or have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.  They must not attend the service during this isolation period

Separating cohorts of children

  • Consider staggering meal and play times and avoid transition activities such as queuing
  • Plan for experiences that avoid mixing of groups of children
  • Access the outdoor areas of the service more regularly wherever possible
  • Discontinue all excursions and incursions

Enhancing hygiene for children, staff and parents

  • Continue to refer to the 5th Edition Staying Healthy resource for best practice guidance
  • Promote a regular and rigorous handwashing schedule – including additionally sanitising hands whenever entering and leaving the service
  • Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces regularly
  • Promote strict hygiene when preparing food
  • Encourage practices such as covering coughs and sneezes and not touching your face – ensure tissues are safely disposed of
  • Encourage the influenza vaccination for children, staff and parents – find out where to get vaccinated here
  • Consider opening the windows and adjusting air conditioning to maximise ventilation

Remember, to use the Emergency Closures Portal to notify the Regulatory Authority if your service needs to close due to COVID-19 risk. Please include the reason for the closure in the comments box.

Please contact your local regional office directly if you have any questions or concerns or need advice around managing risk within your service. 

More information

Visit the Covid-19 and service operation page on the department’s website for information, including links to health agencies.

ACA Qld Committee Member Doug Burns with a featured article in the Bundaberg newspaper News Mail. Doug discusses the importance for early learning (childcare) centres to remain open to ensure a valuable service is provided for parents employed in essential job sectors such as healthcare and emergency services and the urge for government to waive gap fees.
To read the full article please click here.

Monday 30 March, 2020
  
Healthy Qld doctors and nurses must stay on the health frontline; not forced home

 
Safe childcare services must remain open

#stayenrolled #waivethegapfee 
 

Media interviews with the leadership of the Australian Childcare Alliance available now

 
Hundreds of Queensland doctors and nurses could soon be forced from the frontline battle against COVID-19 to stay home and look after their otherwise healthy children, if the Government doesn’t act quickly to provide an urgent lifeline to the hard-hit childcare (early learning) sector.
 
In one childcare (early learning) centre alone, 80% are children whose parents (more than 40) are employed in the two neighboring hospitals, Gold Coast Private and Gold Coast University.
 
Australia’s peak body for childcare (early learning) services, the Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland (ACA Qld) is again calling on the Federal Government to provide an immediate first-step solution which is cost neutral but would allow parents to retain their places and stop the centre from collapse.
 
The ACA Qld President, Ms Majella Fitzsimmons, said the Prime Minister’s expected wage subsidy announcement would be very welcome to help valued educators but that, alone, won’t help the 400,000 Queensland families (over 30% of whom are essential services) who rely on perfectly safe childcare centres to stay open. There has been a dramatic withdrawal (40-60%) of children from Queensland centres, over the past week, by worried parents.
 
“There remains a simple and urgent cost-neutral step the Federal Government must take now to ensure Queensland’s childcare (early learning) services will be able to recover from this economic crisis and the children can return.”
 
As an urgent and initial first step, the Federal Government must allow providers to waive the gap fees (on average $100-$200 p/w) that parents must pay and continue to fund their places with the Child Care Subsidy, from March 01.
 
ACA Qld’s 850 centres are the lynchpin of the Queensland economy.
‘If they close this week, too many healthcare and emergency workers will be forced out of the health frontline, which is simply unacceptable,” said Ms Fitzsimmons. “We need the Federal Government to throw us that very simple, first-step lifeline and we need it now.” ENDS

Educators from one Queensland centre have put together their own video campaign, calling for support.
Link here.
 #If you want us later; then we need you now

The leadership of ACA Qld are available for media interviews today.

President:             Majella Fitzsimmons   0410 526 136
Vice President:    Jae Fraser                  0408 873 492  (Jae has the centre referred to above)
CEO:                     Brent Stokes               0408 339 220 

Click here to download a PDF copy of this Media Release.  

About  
Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland (ACA Qld) is the peak body for early learning services. It represents over 850 early learning (childcare) services, employing 13,500 educators, who educate and care for around 180,000 children of over 245,000 parents in Queensland.  

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