COVID-19 FAQs affecting PCYC OOSH service
COVID-19 | Frequently Asked Questions
Can education and care services located in lockdown areas remain open, including vacation care services and family day care residences/venues?
Yes- education and care is considered an essential service and can continue to operate throughout NSW.
Can children attend services if they live in the Greater Sydney region, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour?
Yes- education and care is considered an essential service. Children can attended education and care if required. This means parents can travel from home to drop them off and pick them up.
Can children from the Greater Sydney region attend services outside the Greater Sydney region?
Yes – education and care is considered an essential service. Families can travel to and from their education and care service if required. This means parents can pick up and drop off their children, even if they live outside the Greater Sydney region.
Can educators still work in services that are outside the Greater Sydney region if they have been in the Greater Sydney region in the last 14 days or reside in lockdown areas?
It is recommended that staff work from home wherever possible if they reside or have been in the Greater Sydney region in the last 14 days through to the end of the announced lockdown period on 9 July OR 14 days after they left the Greater Sydney region. As education and care is an essential service, services should use their discretion to staff services appropriately according to required ratios, and staff in this category may still attend services to work, if they have no symptoms of COVID-19.
Can Educators travel to an education and care service to work if they live in the Greater Sydney region?
Yes – education and care is considered essential work. Services should use their discretion where staff may be able to undertake other duties or where lower levels of staffing are appropriate for anticipated child attendance levels.
Can parents come onto education and care sites if a service is located in the Greater Sydney region?
Parents can attend services for the purposes of pick up and drop off in Greater Sydney, but should wear masks and follow the Public Health Order. On school sites inside the lockdown areas, families should not enter past the school gates and services should consider procedures to support pick up and drop off from the gate.
Do parents/carers have to wear masks when they drop off or pick up their children?
Parents and carers should wear masks and follow the Public Health Order when dropping off or picking up children in New South Wales when entering indoor spaces.
Do Educators have to wear masks?
Educators in early childhood education and care settings are exempt from the requirement to wear masks whilst they are providing education and care in a service. Educators may choose to wear masks and should not be prohibited from doing so.
Can services still go on Excursions?
Services in the Greater Sydney region should not participate in excursions. Services located outside of the Greater Sydney region should not participate in excursions within the locked down regions. Services outside of the Greater Sydney region and intending to participate in excursions outside of the Greater Sydney region can proceed with appropriate caution, following their COVID-19 safety plans.
Can visitors come on site to our service, including to deliver incursions, in Greater Sydney Region, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour?
At this time, non-essential visitors should not be allowed on site at education and care services in the Greater Sydney region.
Does the one person per four square metre rule apply in Education and Care settings?
The one person per four square metre rule has been re-introduced for all indoor and outdoor settings. It is recommended that this be applied where possible between adults in education and care settings, particularly in areas such as staff rooms and administrative areas.
Is singing and chanting allowed in education and care services?
In an early childhood education and care service, group singing or chanting is allowed.