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COVID -19 Implementing risk-mitigation strategies

The health and safety advice for early childhood services, developed with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in line with the AHPPC advice, provides guidance to support ECEC services to continue to provide safe environments for children and staff.

Information for parents/carers

One of the most important things that can be done to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in ECEC settings is to ensure that unwell children and staff remain at home.

Please keep your child home if they are displaying any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills or sweats
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste

In certain circumstances headache, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea may also be considered.

If your child is displaying any of the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, they should get tested. Seek advice from a healthcare professional who can advise on next steps. You can phone the coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 675 398 for help and advice.

A medical certificate is not required for your child to return to our setting after a period of illness, however children should not return until they no longer have symptoms.

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General Resources

Victorian Department of Education and Training

Victorian Department of Health and Human Services

Resources for Families

Talking to your child about coronavirus (COVID-19)


DET Kindergarten Funding

Commonwealth Child Care Subsidy