Resources for ECEC decision makers on COVID-19 responses
With developments and changes happening daily as the Australian early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector seeks to respond to, and manage, outcomes from the COVID-19 pandemic, The Sector will collect resources, web links and other important pieces of information, collating them to support the sharing of accurate, timely information.
Recognising that we are all working together to take the right steps to share information at this critical time, the resource list will be divided into four categories – resources to share with parents and educators, federal updates, information from states and territories, and general information, support and ideas – this list will be regularly updated to support one another.
Resources to share with parents and educators
Ethnolink – COVID 19 translated resources (resources to support educators and families to understand COVID 19 in 50 community languages)
Lifeline Australia – Mental Health and Wellbeing during the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak
Harvard Graduate School of Education – Caring for preschoolers at home
Raising Children – Coronavirus (COVID-19) and children in Australia
Australian Childhood Foundation – Staying connected with our children
World Health Organisation – Helping children cope with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak
Department of Health – COVID 19 Infection Control Training (free to complete. New users will need to create an account and register)
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists – Advice and information relating to pregnancy and COVID 19
Australian Academy of Science – The effects of COVID 19 on children
Manuela Moina – Children’s book – “Hello! I am the Coronavirus” (free, in community languages)
FairWork Australia – Coronavirus and Australian workplace laws
UNICEF Australia – How to talk to children about coronavirus
Early Learning Nation – A parents guide to surviving COVID 19
Emerging Minds – Supporting children during the COVID 19 outbreak
Safe Work Australia – Information on COVID 19 and Work Health and Safety
Services Australia – Families – coronavirus (COVID-19)
Australian Government Department of Health – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Alert
Scott Morrison – Coronavirus measures endorsed by National Cabinet
ATO – COVID-19 information
Australian Government Department of Health – Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for schools and early childhood centres, students and parents (fact sheet)
Health Direct – FAQs about childcare and school exclusions
Information from States and Territories
Queensland – Health alert COVID-19 and COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfection recommendations
South Australia – Latest Updates
Western Australia – Latest update including daily PDF snapshot
Northern Territory – NT Coronavirus update
Victoria – Coronavirus COVID-19 updates
General information, support and ideas
Business.gov.au – Coronavirus information and support for business
Department of Education – Absences from child care due to local emergency – CCB and CCR
World Health Organisation – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public and Getting workplace ready
Australian Department of Health – COVID-19 printable posters
World Health Organisation – Q&A on COVID-19 disease
New health alert service launched with WhatsApp
The WHO announced the launch of a messaging service in conjunction with partners WhatsApp and Facebook. The service, available only in English for now, has the potential to reach 2 billion people and help get reliable information to those who need it.
The service can be accessed through a link that opens a conversation on WhatsApp or by sending “hi” to the number 0041798931892. Once a conversation is activated, users can access a menu of options that can help answer their questions about COVID-19.
Australian Childcare Alliance – Update on the coronavirus as it applies to childcare services
WorkCover WA – Workers Compensation and coronavirus
Monash City Council – Self assessment tool for risk of coronavirus (COVID-19)
If a service, either voluntarily, or as advised by its local Public Health unit, is closed due to COVID 19, approved providers are reminded that any incident that requires the Approved Provider to close or reduce the number of children attending a service for a period requires notification to the relevant State or Territory Regulatory Authority within 24 hours.
If a child or staff member at your service is diagnosed with COVID-19 you are required to report any risk or incident of infectious disease to:
- Regulatory Authority in your State or Territory
- Your local Public Health Unit – for contact details, see here
A confirmed case of COVID-19 is a serious incident and as such requires notification as soon as practicable within 24 hours.