Maribyrnong Kindergarten understands that it has been a challenging time for many families amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The Committee of Management, teachers and staff are working hard to make sure that our kinder remains open (as permitted) for our families and supports them through this difficult time. This page intends to provide families with all COVID-19 related information and resources.

The below information is a quick guide of the most up-to-date procedures, as guided by the State government and Department of Education and Training (DET). For more information, please read our COVID-19 Policy.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus. Symptoms may include one or more of the following: 

  • fever
  • runny nose
  • chills and sweats
  • coughing
  • a sore throat
  • shortness of breath
  • a loss of sense of smell or taste. 

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

What if my child or a member of my family is experiencing the above symptoms? 

Keep your child/ren at home if they are unwell, and seek further testing. It is advisable that your child does not return to kinder until test results have been received. This also applies to children who are living with family members who have been tested and are self isolating whilst awaiting results.

What is the current procedure for delivering and collecting my child/ren at kinder? 

We kindly ask that all parents:

  • limit the number of people dropping off, where possible.
  • observe social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
  • use hand sanitizer prior to entering the service grounds.
  • promptly depart the kindergarten grounds after delivering or collecting your child/ren, to reduce foot traffic and congregation of groups.

I have confirmed that my child/ren or a family member (living in the same dwelling) have tested positive to COVID-19? What should we do?

Follow the current Government guidelines and self isolate for 7 days. You will also need to contact the  kindergarten as soon as practical.  

Can I enter the kindergarten to help my child settle into the session? 

Unless staff have advised it is safe to do so, we ask that you do not enter the kindergarten building. Staff will assist your child/ren to their lockers and will assume responsibility for signing your child in and out of the session.

Is it currently safe to send my child/ren to kinder? 

We suggest that families assess their individual home situation and seek medical advice if required, should their child have complex medical needs (including those with compromised immune systems), or reside with family members who are at high risk.