Early learning centre tightens safety measures

Cher Jimenez

A Traralgon early learning centre has assured the community that all safety protocols are being implemented to protect children and staff at the site following a recent COVID-19 case at neighbouring Bupa aged care facility.

Little Saints Early Learning Centre said they were aware that news about a visiting healthcare worker at Bupa Traralgon who tested positive for the virus had created concerns from parents.

“With this new local case we have seen a heightened level of nervousness throughout the community about any possible impact on our service,” Little Saints approved provider Matthew Young said.

Mr Young said the early learning centre continues to follow and implement safety protocols and procedures as advised by relevant authorities and updates them as required to ensure the safety of children and their families and staff members.

“It is also important to keep in mind, that whilst we are neighbours with the Bupa aged care facility, we are independent businesses and operate differently with different protocols and procedures,” he said.

Mr Young said the childcare centre, which used to hold intergenerational activities involving children and Bupa residents prior to the pandemic, was “very saddened” that the aged care facility was impacted by the incident.

“We would like to take this opportunity to wish and hope all the residents and staff remain safe and in good health,” he said.

Starting July 23, additional safety procedures were implemented at Little Saints including temperature checks on parents and children coming in to the facility.

“These will be conducted by staff early in the morning. After 8am the centre door will be locked, families can then ring the door bell and access granted once your temperature has been taken. Anyone with a temperature of 38 degrees and above will not be permitted entry,” the centre posted on its Facebook page.

Families were also asked to have only one authorised person to drop off and pick up their children to minimise visitors coming in.

Parents were also requested to wear a face mask when entering the facility although this is not ‘mandatory.’

“The Sick Child Policy remains in place, and families are still required to keep sick children home and get medical clearances as required,” the advice stated.

Families are reminded to maintain social distancing and minimise their time at the centre.