YMCA OSHC is committed to the health and wellbeing of our school communities, and as the situation and response to COVID-19 evolves, so are we. The YMCA is actively monitoring and developing our response planning everyday aligned to the guidance and recommendations of the Australian Government Department of Health, World Health Organisation, and SA Health. Our OSHC services will remain open until governing health authorities, or our partnered Schools, mandate a closure.
YMCA South Australia welcomes the Federal Child Care Relief Package
We’re pleased to see the new Federal Government incentives to support working families needing outside school hours care (OSHC) during these unprecedented times.
Please see the official media release from the Prime Minister’s Office.
The Y was part of a coalition of five OSHC partners who together lobbied the Federal Government for an urgent support package to preserve the OSHC industry, the jobs of thousands of employees and the care provided to hundreds of thousands of children.
We will communicate directly with our OSHC families today (3rd March) with further details on the implementation of the relief package as of this coming Monday, 6 April 2020.
What is YMCA OSHC doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19
- We are meticulously and frequently cleaning our OSHC classrooms before each session.
- OSHC Services will continue in line with School policy. Our Vacation Care programs have been revised, replacing excursions with in-house activities.
- We are practicing social distancing as much as possible, but not to the detriment of a child’s emotional or physical wellbeing. This is aligned to the current approach of schools and other child care providers.
- We are encouraging children to take extra care with best practice hygiene and prevention measures while in our care.
- Staff or members who have recently returned home after travelling overseas, or who were in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case, are not permitted into the classroom for a period of 14 days aligned with government imposed self-isolation.
- Increased signage, emails and other communications will promote best practice prevention and safety (hand washing, covering cough/sneezes, staying home if sick, self-isolation requirements, social distancing, etc).
- Children and families where members are showing flu-like indications (cough, fever and/or respiratory symptoms) will be asked not to use the facilities until these symptoms have cleared for a number of days.
- The YMCA has plans in place to take necessary steps both in prevention, preparedness, and response in the event of an outbreak.