The Victorian Government's roadmap for reopening Victoria outlines the easing of restrictions, including for early childhood education and care (ECEC) services.

For more information about the roadmap for reopening the state visit: coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap to reopening

Operating guidelines for early childhood education and care services

Health advice for early childhood education and care services

Services should consider a variety of risk-mitigation strategies to support physical distancing and good hygiene practices to reduce the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission within the practical limitations of their environment. The following actions are to be considered, adapted and implemented as necessary according to the education setting and the individual needs of the staff, children and the wider community

  • Current health advice

    Advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, and the Victorian Chief Health Officer about providing safe environments for children and staff

  • Face masks

    Everyone over the age of 12 must wear a face mask when they leave their home for one of four permitted reasons. Specific advice is available for early childhood services

  • Temperature screening

    Screening should take place at drop-off time, while the parent or carer is still present, using a non-contact infrared thermometer

  • Managing a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19)

    Process to follow if there's a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) at your service, and steps you can take now to prepare

  • Managing an unwell child or staff member

    Unwell children and staff should stay at home. Process to follow if a staff member or child becomes unwell while at your service

  • First aid and routine care

    First aid requirements for services and detail on routine care

  • Health communication materials

    Advice, information, and downloadable content

  • Wellbeing

    It's important to look out for one another and stay connected