Family Alert | 2022 COVID-19 Response Update

COVID-19 RESPONSE UPDATE
2022 Guidelines

From everyone at Enhance Family Day Care, we wish you and your family a very happy and healthy start to 2022.

As we commence 2022, with the opening of state borders, we would like to unpack what the new Queensland Government guidelines mean for the Family Day Care sector, as of Monday 3 January. 

Mask Mandate: Educators and families are required to wear a mask indoors and if unable to physically distance 1.5m when outdoors; only removing the mask if it is deemed to be a safety hazard or it is seen to impede communication.
Mandatory face masks | Health and wellbeing | Queensland Government (www.qld.gov.au)

Over the next few days, when you enter your Educator's Family Day Care, you will observe the new signs reminding families that masks are required when collecting and dropping off your child(ren) for care each day. Please ensure that you are wearing a mask at all times within your Family Day Care environment.

Vaccinations: Please note that all Enhance Educators, staff,  professional visitors and volunteers will meet the Government mandate to be double dose vaccinated by Monday 24 January 2022, in order to work within or enter a Family Day Care environment.

Confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and Close Contacts:
Please follow the current Queensland Health advice regarding close contact quarantine and testing requirements here.

Steps to follow if you are unwell or have come in contact with a person who has COVD-19
Please follow the current Queensland Health advice here.
If you become aware of a positive COVID-19 case or close contact, being either yourself or a family member please contact your Enhance Service.

Health and Hygiene Reminders
Due to the high number of positive COVID-19 cases and close contacts at present, your Educator has been instructed to follow these practices to keep children, families and themselves safe:

Monitoring and support visits: These remain business as usual. Enhance Family Day Care will continue to conduct their monitoring and support visits, face to face, as long as this is safe to do so. Each visit will be individually assessed.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to keeping everyone safe.

Educator Alert | 2022 COVID-19 Response Update

COVID-19 RESPONSE UPDATE
2022 Guidelines

From everyone at Enhance Family Day Care, we wish you, your family and your children in care a very happy and healthy start to 2022.

As we commence 2022, with the opening of state borders, we would like to unpack what the new Queensland Government guidelines mean for the Family Day Care sector, as of Monday 3 January. 

Mask Mandate: Educators are required to wear a mask indoors and if unable to physically distance 1.5m when outdoors; only removing the mask if it is deemed to be a safety hazard, it is seen to impede communication or for the purpose of eating and drinking. 
Mandatory face masks | Health and wellbeing | Queensland Government (www.qld.gov.au)

Vaccinations: Please note that all Educators, professional visitors and volunteers will need to be double dose vaccinated from Monday 24 January 2022, in order to work within or enter a Family Day Care environment. Copies of vaccination certificates are required to be sent to your Practice Mentor by Friday 21 January.

Confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and Close Contacts:
Please follow the current Queensland Health advice regarding close contact quarantine and testing requirements here.

Steps to follow if you are unwell or have come in contact with a person who has COVD-19
Please follow the current Queensland Health advice here.
If you become aware of a positive COVID-19 case or close contact, being either yourself, a family member, a child in your care or one of your child's family members, please contact your Practice Mentor. If after hours, please contact 07 38991655 to alert the service and receive further advice.

Health and Hygiene Reminders
Due to the high number of positive COVID-19 cases and close contacts at present, we strongly recommend Enhance Educators follow these practices to keep all parties safe:

Practice Mentor visits: These remain business as usual. Enhance Practice Mentors will continue to conduct their monitoring and support visits, face to face, as long as this is safe to do so. Each visit will be individually assessed.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to keeping everyone safe.

Educator Alert | Mask Mandate for all Enhance Educators

Educator Alert | COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate update

Thank you to those of you who were able to join us on Wednesday night at our bimonthly Enhance Regional meeting. During the meeting, I was able to provide further information about the Public Health Direction requiring mandatory vaccination for workers in specific high-risk settings, including early childhood Educators.

What do we know?
On Tuesday, the Queensland State Government announced a new public Health Direction by the Chief Health Officer requiring mandatory vaccination for workers in specific high-risk settings, including the ECEC workforce. This means that all workers entering ECEC settings will need to be single-dose COVID-19 vaccinated by Friday 17 December 2021, and be double-dose COVID-19 vaccinated by Sunday 23 January 2022. 

Why have they made this directive?
Early childhood education and care settings have been deemed high-risk environments for many reasons, including the assessed risk to children who currently do not have access to protection against COVID-19 with a vaccination.

Who is required to be COVID-19 vaccinated?
Anyone who works in, undertakes an educational placement in, or volunteers in a school, early childhood education and care service (including Kindergarten, Family Day Care, Long Day Care and Outside School Hours Care) is required to adhere to the vaccine mandate.

The mandate includes Family Day Care Educators, assistants, employees, Practice Mentors, Children Services Managers and other contractors or external persons such as yoga/music teachers or volunteers who support the provision of the education and care program.

There are also provisions for those listed under this health directive who are assessed medically exempt from receiving the vaccination.

For further information, visit the Queensland Government website here

Excluded from the requirement are adult occupants and other people living in the residence, visitors, families, and medically exempt people. Please note the Health Directives may change at any time depending on the health advice provided by the government.

The Department of Education, Early Education and Care Special Broadcast, containing further information regarding the Mandate, can be found here.

What does this mean to me?
If you have had your first or second COVID-19 vaccination dose, please forward your vaccination evidence to your Practice Mentor as soon as possible.

There are 3 different types of COVID-19 vaccination evidence:

If you are not currently vaccinated, you will need to have your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination and provide your evidence to us to continue to provide education and care after Friday 17 December.

We understand that the announcement of the COVID-19 vaccination mandate on Tuesday may cause significant stress and uncertainty for some of you and we recognise that it is a particularly complex and deeply personal choice. We acknowledge and appreciate that you need to make your decision based on what is best for you and your family.

Thank you for the amazing work you do each and every day despite the ongoing impacts that COVID-19 has had on you, our sector and now the complex personal challenges associated with the vaccine mandate. Please discuss with your Service Manager or Practice Mentor to navigate how the mandate applies to you and how we can best support you during this time. 

Wishing you a safe and healthy weekend.

Family Alert | COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

On Tuesday, the Queensland State Government announced a new public Health Direction requiring mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for workers in specific high-risk settings. This means that all workers entering ECEC settings will need to be single-dose COVID-19 vaccinated by Friday 17 December 2021, and be double-dose COVID-19 vaccinated by Sunday 23 January 2022. 

Anyone who works in, undertakes an educational placement in, or volunteers in a school, early childhood education and care service (including Kindergarten, Family Day Care, Long Day Care and Outside School Hours Care) is required to adhere to the vaccine mandate.

Why have they made this directive?
Early childhood education and care settings have been deemed high-risk environments for many reasons, including the assessed risk to children who currently do not have access to protection against COVID-19 with a vaccination.

Who is required to be COVID-19 vaccinated?
The mandate includes Family Day Care Educators, assistants, employees, Practice Mentors, Children Services Managers and other contractors or external persons such as yoga/music teachers or volunteers who support the provision of the education and care program. 

Excluded from the requirement are adult occupants and other people living in the residence, visitors, families, and medically exempt people. Please note the Health Directives may change at any time depending on the health advice provided by the government.

What will this mean to your child’s care arrangements?
The COVID-19 vaccine mandate is requiring all workers in a ECEC setting to have their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination by Friday 17 December to continue to provide education and care after Friday 17 December. We are currently working with our educators to understand what the COVID-19 vaccine mandate means to each individual educator.

We will endeavour to provide further information as it becomes available. If you have any questions regarding the vaccine mandate, please contact your Enhance service.
 Wishing you a safe and healthy weekend.

Educator Alert | COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

Today the Queensland Government announced a new Health Direction for workers in high-risk settings. This Directive includes schools and all early childhood education and care services, including Family Day Care Educators.

From the information provided by the Queensland Government, we know that all people who are delivering a service at early childhood education and care sites are required to have their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination by Friday 17 December 2021, and their second dose by 23 January 2022.

We are reviewing and working through the current information from the Queensland Government and will provide more information to you in the coming days.

Please bear with us whilst we take the time to work through the information and assist you with managing the new Health Direction.

For more information regarding the Health Direction, please click on the button below:

Wishing you a safe and healthy week.

COVID-19 Update | Mask mandate has been lifted

COVID-19 Update | Stage 2 Restrictions

Further to this morning's announcement, made by the Queensland State Government, six LGAs will move to Stage 2 COVID-19 restrictions from 4pm today, Thursday 30 September. Following six new locally acquired cases, increased restrictions and vigilance will continue for the next two weeks.

All Family Day Care Educators and families within the 6 LGAs are required to wear a mask at all times in doors, unless alone in a room, or when eating or drinking. Masks must be worn outdoors when unable to physically distance by 1.5m.

We wish to clarify that all other Queensland residents are encouraged to carry and/or wear a mask when physical distancing is not possible. For further information on current restrictions please view the Roadmap.

Anyone whom has symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild, must get tested immediately and isolate until results are found to be negative. Children who are unwell and/or display symptoms of COVID-19 are not to attend care. For up to date information visit the Queensland Government website or call Queensland Health on 13 42 68. If you have any further questions around service operation, please contact your Practice Mentor. Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe.

COVID-19 Restrictions | Mask Extension

COVID-19 Update | Restrictions eased from 4pm on Friday

Following the Queensland State Government's announcement, COVID-19 restrictions have eased to Stage 3 for South East Queensland affected LGAs, from 4pm today, Friday 27 August. 

Mask wearing requirements will continue to apply until 4pm Friday, 10 September.

Stage 3 Restrictions

The above restrictions will apply until Friday 10 September at 4pm.

For Queensland's COVID-Safe Future directions, please click here for the Restrictions Roadmap.

For a detailed review of all Stage 3 Restrictions please click on the following link:

Please remember, anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 must get tested immediately and isolate until results are found to be negative. Children who are unwell and/or display symptoms of COVID-19 are not to attend care.

Thank you for continuing to help keep our communities safe.

COVID-19 Update | Restrictions to Ease at 4pm Today

Following the Queensland State Government's announcement, COVID-19 restrictions are expected to ease to Stage 2 for South East Queensland affected LGAs, from 4pm today, Friday 20 August.

Restrictions for Cairns Regional Council and Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council will have the same restrictions as the rest of Queensland.

Stage 2 Restrictions

The above restrictions will apply until Friday 27 August at 4pm.

For Queensland's COVID-Safe Future directions, please click here for the Restrictions Roadmap.

For a detailed review of all Stage 2 Restrictions please click on the following link:

COVID-19 Stage 2 | Further Easing of Restrictions

Please remember, anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 must get tested immediately and isolate until results are found to be negative. Children who are unwell and/or display symptoms of COVID-19 are not to attend care.

Thank you for continuing to help keep our communities safe.

COVID-19 Restrictions | Cairns Lockdown Restrictions Eased

Following the announcement made earlier today by the Queensland State Government, Cairns COVID-19 lockdown restrictions will be eased from 4pm today, Wednesday 11 August.

The following restrictions will apply until Sunday 22 August at 4pm.

Face Masks
The Queensland Health directive outlines that mask wearing is to continue for everyone in these areas for the next two weeks. During Family Day Care drop off and collection both Educators and families are required to wear a mask. In addition, Educators are required to continue to wear masks when caring for children. Children 12 years of age or older are now required to wear masks.

Contact Tracing
Queensland Health is continuously updating the contact tracing list and has included information for Close, Casual and Low Risk contacts. Please remember to check these lists regularly here.

Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 must get tested immediately and isolate until results are found to be negative. Children who are unwell and/or display symptoms of COVID-19 are not to attend care.

Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe.

COVID-19 Restrictions | Lockdown Restictions Update

Following the announcement made earlier today by the Queensland State Government, South East Queensland COVID-19 lockdown restrictions will be eased from 4pm today, Sunday 8 August.

Given the additional confirmed case in Cairns, Yarrabah and Cairns will now go into lockdown for three days, from 4pm today.

Face Masks
The Queensland Health directive outlines that mask wearing is to continue for everyone in these areas for the next two weeks. During Family Day Care drop off and collection both Educators and families are required to wear a mask. In addition, Educators are required to continue to wear masks when caring for children.

Contact Tracing
Queensland Health is continuously updating the contact tracing list and has included information for Close, Casual and Low Risk contacts. Please remember to check these lists regularly here.

Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 must get tested immediately and isolate until results are found to be negative. Children who are unwell and/or display symptoms of COVID-19 are not to attend care.

Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe.

Family Alert | Lockdown Update & FAQs

COVID-19 UPDATE

Lockdown Extended for 11 Local Government Areas

As you would be aware, the Premier has announced the following local government areas (LGAs) will be extending the lockdown, until 4pm on Sunday 8 August, 2021.

Reminder
Anyone who has been in these local government areas is expected to stay at home except for essential purposes. This includes people who have travelled to these areas from other locations.

Please note: Early childhood education and care will remain open for children of essential workers and vulnerable persons only.

Contact Tracing
Queensland Health is continuously updating the contract tracing list and has now included information for Close, Casual and Low Risk contacts. Please remember to check these lists regularly here.

Face Masks
The Queensland Health directive outlines that mask wearing extends to everyone, including all staff working in early childhood education and care. This includes Family Day Care Educators and families.  
A mask should only be removed when communicating with a child, student or person who is deaf or hard of hearing, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.

Additional Allowable Absences I Childcare in COVID-19 Hotspots
The Australian Government has announced childcare services in a Commonwealth-declared COVID-19 hotspot can access additional allowable absences if the declaration extends for more than seven days.

Families will not have to use their 42 days of allowable absences during the lockdown. Additional absences will be available until the end of the hotspot declaration. During this time the Parent Gap Fee still needs to be paid for absences.

Family Safety Questions
If your Educator is located in a one of the 11 LGAs, they are required to ask you the following questions, on arrival to the service, in order to keep your family and your Educator safe. The below questions will determine whether it is safe for the child to attend FDC:

If the answer is yes to any of the above questions, your child cannot attend FDC until they return a negative COVID-19 test and/or complete QLD Health isolation requirements. Your Educator will be guided by and refer to the QLD Health Contact tracing list. Please contact your service if you have questions around this.

Keep up to date with the latest information by clicking on the buttons below:

COVID-19 Information for Services & Families

Cuurent Restrictions for Lockdown Areas

We hope you are keeping safe and healthy during these challenging times.

Educator Alert | Lockdown Update & FAQs

COVID-19 UPDATE

Lockdown Extended for 11 Local Government Areas

As you would be aware, the Premier has announced the following local government areas (LGAs) will be extending the lockdown, until 4pm on Sunday 8 August, 2021.

Reminder:
Anyone who has been in these local government areas is expected to stay at home except for essential purposes. This includes people who have travelled to these areas from other locations.

Please note: Early childhood education and care will remain open for children of essential workers and vulnerable persons only.

Contact Tracing
Queensland Health is continuously updating the contract tracing list and has now included information for Close, Casual and Low Risk contacts. Please remember to check these lists regularly here.

Face Masks
The Queensland Health directive outlines that mask wearing extends to everyone, including all staff working in early childhood education and care. This includes Family Day Care Educators.  


A mask should only be removed when communicating with a child, student or person who is deaf or hard of hearing, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.

Additional Allowable Absences I Childcare in COVID-19 Hotspots
The Australian Government has announced childcare services in a Commonwealth-declared COVID-19 hotspot can access additional allowable absences if the declaration extends for more than seven days.

Families will not have to use their 42 days of allowable absences during the lockdown. Additional absences will be available until the end of the hotspot declaration. During this time the Parent Gap Fee still needs to be paid for absences.

Family Safety Questions
If you are located in a one of the 11 LGAs, we require you to ask your families the following questions, on arrival to your service, in order to keep you and your families safe. The below questions will determine if the child can attend FDC:

If the answer is yes to any of the above questions, the child cannot attend FDC until they return a negative COVID-19 test and/or complete QLD Health isolation requirements. Please refer to the QLD Health Contact tracing list. An email will be sent out to all families, detailing the questions included and the outcome of answering yes.

For more information please click on the button below to access the Queensland Government COVID-19 frequently asked questions for early childhood education and care:

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions here

We thank you for your commitment and dedication to your children and families during these challenging times.

Family Alert | COVID-19 Snap Lockdown

COVID-19 UPDATE
South East Queensland Snap Lockdown

Following a further six locally acquired cases of COVID-19, linked to Indooroopilly State High School, South East Queensland will be entering a three day lockdown from 4pm today.

To protect the health of Queenslanders, the following areas will be subject to new restrictions:

From 4pm today (Saturday 31 July) until 4pm Tuesday (3 August), residents of the aforementioned areas will only be permitted to leave home for one of the following reasons:

  1. Obtaining essential goods or services, including healthcare.
  2. Attending essential work or child care.
  3. To exercise, with household group and/or on other person from outside your household.
  4. Assisting vulnerable persons.
  5. To receive vaccinations.
  6. To be tested for COVID-19.

Family Day Care will continue to operate, therefore families who decide to not access care will be required to use absences. Absences used will continue to attract a gap fee. For children who are not accessing care the usual absence rules apply unless notified otherwise.

At risk Educators who do not feel comfortable operating during the lockdown are within their rights to not provide care, however, they are required to advise their service and families and cannot charge for absences.

COVID-Safe Requirements

Regardless of where you live, please continue to keep COVID-Safe practices at the forefront of all of your actions and to keep your child(ren) at home if they are experiencing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

If you or a household member are experiencing symptoms or have come into contact with a COVID-19 patient, you are required to get tested immediately, quarantine at home and do not access Family Day Care until you receive a negative result.

If you have any further questions regarding today's South East Queensland and Townsville and Regions Lockdown announcement, please contact your Enhance Service.

We will continue to update families as information comes to hand. For more information, please visit the Queensland Government Website here.

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy weekend

Educator Alert | COVID-19 Snap Lockdown Update

COVID-19 UPDATE
South East Queensland Snap Lockdown

Following a further six locally acquired cases of COVID-19, linked to Indooroopilly State High School, South East Queensland will be entering a three day lockdown from 4pm today.

To protect the health of Queenslanders, the following areas will be subject to new restrictions:

From 4pm today (Saturday 31 July) until 4pm Tuesday (3 August), residents of the aforementioned areas will only be permitted to leave home for one of the following reasons:

  1. Obtaining essential goods or services, including healthcare.
  2. Attending essential work or child care.
  3. To exercise, with household group and/or on other person from outside your household.
  4. Assisting vulnerable persons.
  5. To receive vaccinations.
  6. To be tested for COVID-19.

Family Day Care will continue to operate, therefore families who decide to not access care will be required to use absences. Absences used will continue to attract a gap fee. For children who are not accessing care the usual absence rules apply unless notified otherwise.

At risk Educators who do not feel comfortable operating during the lockdown are within their rights to not provide care, however, they are required to advise their service and cannot charge their families for absences.

COVID-Safe Requirements

Anyone (Educators or families) who has travelled to the aforementioned areas on or since Thursday 29 July will need to self-isolate for the three days and follow the same rules. 

Regardless of where you live, please continue to keep COVID-Safe practices at the forefront of all of your actions and remind families to keep children at home if they are experiencing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

If you or a household member are experiencing symptoms or have come into contact with a COVID-19 patient, you are required to get tested immediately, quarantine at home and do not return to work until you receive a negative result. If you have any further questions regarding today's South East Queensland snap lockdown announcement, please contact your Enhance Practice Mentor.

We will continue to update Educators as information comes to hand. For more information, please visit the Queensland Government Website here.

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy week.

Educator & Family Alert | COVID-19 Restrictions - Mask Extension

Educator Alert | COVID-19 Restrictions - Mask Extension

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS UPDATE
Wearing of Face Masks Extension

Following yesterday's announcement by the Queensland Government, face mask restrictions will continue to apply in South East Queensland for a further seven days, until 6am Friday 30 July, 2021. This includes anyone who has been to the following impacted areas in the last 14 days.

Impacted areas of South East Queensland include:

If you have been in any of these regions since Tuesday 29 June, 2021, Government directives are to carry a mask and wear it whenever you are outside the house (excluding vigorous exercise or when seated and eating and drinking). If in doubt, always wear a mask.

What are the impacts for Educators with Enhance Family Day Care in the affected areas?

For more information, please view the Queensland Health website by clicking on the button below:

View the Queensland Government Website here

If you have any questions please contact your Practice Mentor. Thank you for helping us keep our children, families and the community safe.
 
Wishing you and your family a safe and healthy weekend.

Family Alert | COVID-19 Restrictions - Mask Extension

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS UPDATE
Wearing of Face Masks Extension

Following yesterday's announcement by the Queensland Government, face mask restrictions will continue to apply in South East Queensland for a further seven days, until 6am Friday 30 July, 2021. This includes anyone who has been to the following impacted areas in the last 14 days.

Impacted areas of South East Queensland include:

If you have been in any of these regions since Tuesday 29 June, 2021, Government directives are to carry a mask and wear it whenever you are outside the house (excluding vigorous exercise or when seated and eating and drinking). If in doubt, always wear a mask.

How does this affect families?

For more information, please view the Queensland Health website by clicking on the button below:

View the Queensland Government Website here

If you have any questions, please contact your service and speak with a Practice Mentor.
Thank you for helping us keep our children, Educators and the community safe.

Wishing you and your family a safe and healthy weekend.