Information and advice on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
What additional infection control measures are in place at Kids Biz?
Kids Biz is closely monitoring public health advice to ensure the health and safety of all children, families and educators at our services.
Additional infection control measures that are in place at the service include:
Regular handwashing by all educators and children
Hand sanitiser available for use by educators, children, and families
Increased cleaning frequency, including regular cleaning of frequent touch points
Visitors to the service are restricted
Health and hygiene discussions during the daily group talk
People who are unwell or who have returned from overseas or a coronavirus hotspot within the last 14 days must not attend the service.
Until 31 December 2020 additional CCS absences can be used for coronavirus related reasons without the need to provide supporting evidence. This means that if your child is absent due to being unwell or being required to isolate at home CCS can still be paid for the absence.
Additional Child Care Subsidy (Temporary Financial Hardship)
If you are experiencing financial hardship due to the impacts of COVID-19 you may be eligible for the Additional Child Care Subsidy (Temporary Financial Hardship), which can assist with the cost of childcare. For more information, including how to apply, please see https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/additional-child-care-subsidy. Services Australia also has additional support and resources available to assist, which can be viewed at https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/affected-coronavirus-covid-19.
Mental Health Support
The Coronavirus pandemic may result in additional stress and feelings of unease amongst both children and adults. We recommend this PDF for talking to your children about Coronavirus. Our educators will also continue to support children with any stress they may be experiencing at this point in time. Beyond Blue also has some useful information to support mental wellbeing during the Coronavirus pandemic.
What will happen if there is a confirmed case of coronavirus at Kids Biz?
If there is a confirmed case of coronavirus at one of our services we will work closely with the public health authorities to identify and notify any close contacts and ensure the service is thouroughly cleaned before reopening. Families will be advised if the service is required to close.
Further information and advice is available at covid19.act.gov.au.
If you have any queries please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0439 927 053.
Child Care Relief Package - 3 April 2020
On 2 April the Australian Government announced additional support for the Child Care sector throguh the new Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package. Weekly payments will be made directly to Child Care Services in lieu of the Child Care Subsidy from 6 April 2020 to 28 June 2020, and families will not be charged fees during this time.
Care will be prioritised for children of essential workers and vulnerable children. We are pleased that this will allow us to continue supporting our valued Kids Biz families throughout the Coronavirus crisis.
If children are absent from care during this period this will not be counted towards your 62 allowable absences for the year. Fee discounts will be automatically applied to your account.