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Q&As about COVID and education and care

13 July 2021

The following information is from the Department for Education. The questions and answers listed may be useful to education and care services.

Are education and care services such as childcare centres required to use a QR Code check in? AND Do education and care services such as a childcare service need to have a COVID management plan?

Child care is exempt under the Direction for both QR codes and COVID management plans. Services can generate their own QR code if they wish by completing a voluntary COVID-Safe Plan, which is on the Government of South Australia website.

If a child’s parents/caregivers have been directed by SA Health to self-isolate, can their child/ren still attend an early childhood education and care service such as family day care, out of school hours care, preschool or child care?

Providing the children are not displaying any symptoms of illness, they can continue to attend school or preschool unless SA Health have advised all household members to also isolate for 14 days. This is currently the case with family members of returning FIFO miners from NT.

Likewise, if a child in the family home is deemed a ‘close contact’ and is required to self-isolate – and there was no ability to isolate them from their siblings – would their siblings still be able to attend an early childhood education and care service?

Providing the siblings are not displaying any symptoms of illness, they can continue to attend school or preschool unless SA Health have advised all household members to also isolate for 14 days. This is currently the case with family members of returning FIFO miners from NT.

Does the limit of people gathering in homes impact on a FDC’s ability to have other educators and children visit their home for an incursion event?

Family day care are not a defined public activity or a private gathering so the service is exempt from the 10 person limit. However they should be ensuring the following is in place:

  • Reminders that unwell people to stay home
  • All adults who attend the services are to scan the QR code if the service has one or sign a manual contact tracing record form
  • Have hand sanitiser available at the sign in desk and encourage regular handwashing with soap and water with the children in care
  • 1.5 metre physical distancing between adults at all times.