Our Response to COVID-19

Talking To Your Child About Coronavirus

The health and safety of our Educators and Families remain at the top of our minds during these challenging times.

The information provided below is designed to answer some common questions on how Young Academics is managing the Health and Safety of children, families, and educators.

How we’re doing our part at Young Academics 

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

To ensure that we are able to keep our families, children and our team members safe and healthy we have implemented a range of strategies to further reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Young Academics has a COVID Risk Assessment that is reviewed as information changes and shared will all our teams and families.

Some of our additional health and hygiene strategies we have implemented based on recommendations from NSW Health include:

Drop off & pick-up procedures: 

Parents are asked to: 

  • Sanitise hands prior to signing in and out
  • Wear a mask
  • Scan in via the Service NSW QR code check-in

Additional hygiene measures:  

Services will increase the cleaning schedules of all surfaces, make available hand sanitisers in all areas of the centre, including the entrance, increase airflow and ventilation and increase the cleaning of toys and resources.

Educator Health Measures: 

  • Upon arrival at the centre, all educators are required to sign in via the Service NSW app..
  • All team members will be required to wear a mask indoors.

Educators Vaccinations – required to attend work 

All Young Academics Educators and service staff have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccination or hold a medical contradiction certificate.

Waiving of the gap fee: 

The Federal Government announced that it will provide additional support for New South Wales, by allowing childcare services to waive gap fees for parents in instances where the service is closed due to exposure of COVID-19.

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.