At Young Academics the health and safety of our children, families and educators will always remain our number one priority.

Below we have provided information to answer some common questions about how Young Academics is managing our centres in regard to COVID-19, while providing support to our families and team through this period.

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Young Academics continues to respond to ongoing changes and updates as they are released by NSW Health and NSW Education Department.

From the beginning of the pandemic, we have implemented a range of policies and procedures to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 within our centres and communities. Young Academics has a stringent COVID-19 response plan that is reviewed as information changes and shared with our teams and families.

Some of the additional health and hygiene strategies we have implemented include:

  • Drop Off & Pick Up
  • Additional Hygiene Measures
  • Educator Vaccinations
  • Waiving the Gap Fee

Drop Off & Pick Up

Drop Off & Pick Up
Parents are asked to:
  • Sanitise hands prior to signing in and out

Additional Hygiene Measures

Additional Hygiene Measures

We have increased our service cleaning schedules including the cleaning of toys, hard surfaces and resources, ensured that hand sanitiser is available in all areas of the centre, and increased air flow and ventilation within our buildings.

Educator Vaccinations

Educator Vaccinations

On 23 September 2021, the NSW Government issued an updated Public Health Order stating:
– As of 8 November 2021, all educators working across the state must not carry out relevant work unless the worker has:

  • had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, or
  • been issued with a medical contraindication certificate

Waiving the Gap Fee

Waiving the Gap Fee

It is the policy of Young Academics to waive gap fees for parents only when we close a room or centre due to COVID-19. In instances where a child or family member is isolating and or ill with COVID-19, we can apply the additional absences, however gap fees will still be charged.

Please note, you must be eligible for CCS entitlements to have the gap fee waived. Your child will need to attend on both the first and last day of care to be eligible for CCS entitlements. If you do not attend on these days your CCS entitlements will be removed from the government and full fees will be payable. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact your Centre Manager.

Young Academics reserves the right to review its policy on waiving the gap fee in line with the Government updates.

Signs & symptoms


Be on the lookout for symptoms of COVID-19 in yourself or your children. Symptoms include:
  • fever
  • coughing
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath
Get tested immediately if you have even the mildest COVID-19 symptoms and self-isolate until you return a negative result.


We can all help slow the spread of COVID-19. To protect yourself and others you must
  • practice good hygiene
  • practice physical distancing
  • follow the health advice regarding mask wearing
  • follow the limits for public gatherings
  • use the Service NSW COVID Safe check-in system when entering a premise
  • understand when and how to isolate if you need to
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