COVID safety

Read the most up-to-date COVID-19 advice for services including COVID safety guidelines, mask wearing and other requirements. Read our latest email update here.

Current COVID-19 advice

  • Testing and isolation are no longer mandatory for those exposed to a positive case in ECE settings however, testing and isolation recommendations should be considered.
  • The Public Health Order remains in force, and to currently carry out work at an early childhood education care service, all educators and staff must have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccination. Educators are encouraged to seek out booster shots when they are eligible.
  • Mask wearing in indoor ECE settings is required.
  • Educators are encouraged to review the NSW Government COVID-19 news and updates for the latest updates and advice.

Adults

All staff and visitors in ECE services are required to wear masks while indoors.

Children

In accordance with current NSW Health advice, masks will not be worn by children under 2 years of age and babies. NSW Health advises children 2-12 years are also exempt from the requirement to wear face masks, but are encouraged to wear masks where practicable.

Children in Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) and Vacation Care Services will follow the same rules for mask wearing for primary school students in accordance with current department advice.

Visit the travel to and from NSW page for detailed advice on rules for entering and leaving NSW from other Australian states or territories.

The risk of transmission of COVID-19 can be reduced through physical distancing amongst staff members, children and visitors to service premises.

The below measures should be carried out to support physical distancing within services:

  • Ensure physical distancing between adults of 1.5m, wherever possible.

  • For adults or children who have an exemption for wearing a face mask, physical distancing should be practiced wherever possible.

  • Where possible and applicable sleep children at least 1.5 metres apart or head to toe to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

  • Avoid any non-essential activities that involve close personal contact.

  • Encourage appropriate outdoor programs to support distancing while considering sun safe practices.

  • In schools, it has been recommended that they should keep children in age cohorts. However, this may not be practical in OSHC services and this is not a requirement. Services may choose to consider use of different play spaces as part of their COVID safety plan.

Where possible, services should also implement the following controls to reduce direct contact with others:

  • Install barriers to create space at sign-in areas, and seated areas.

  • Modify shifts and rosters, or pick-up and drop-off times to reduce peak periods.

  • Have staff collect children from outside the service.

  • Support remote learning for families keeping their children at home for long periods.

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