We are currently seeing around 5-10 NSW early childhood services impacted by positive COVID cases per day. Of the services directed to close, many are directed to remain closed for between one to two weeks. Since the start of the Delta outbreak in June 2021, over 800 NSW services have been impacted by a positive case.
Given 14 per cent of ECEC services in NSW have been impacted by temporary closure due to COVID-19, and children aged 0-4 cannot be vaccinated, it is reasonable to expect that it’s not a case of ‘if’ but ‘when’ COVID-19 will impact your service.
CELA research and policy consultant Felicity Dunn shares how a COVID case impacted a CELA member service, and what you can do to prepare for a COVID case or close contact at your service in order to optimise communications and minimise operational and financial challenges.