As child care centres reopen tomorrow, stricter rules imposed

The Ministry of Education announced that all childcare centre will open on Friday and parents will be using the electronic fobbing to log their children in and out. These devices are actually held by the parents to minimise physical contact with the child centre operators.

The Ministry said that no absent hours will be deducted, and all absences will be waived during this period until September 2020. According to the Malta Chamber of SMEs, the children will not be wearing masks or visors themselves but hand washing and wiping of belongings will be increased as part of the routine hygiene regime.

There will be other social distancing measures that will also be implemented with higher child to area ratios to follow while also maintaining clusters (group of kids and their carer) that avoid interaction with other clusters in the same centre. Centre employees will also be required to wear masks or visors.

In a statement, the Malta Chamber said that ” Childcare is an important pillar in economic recovery. Discussions were held with the Ministry for Education and the Health Authorities to agree on the health protocol that would upgrade the standards for the sector in times of Covid. It should be noted that Childcare centres already had very strict protocols to follow in terms of dealing with kids being sick and also rigorous cleaning regimes.”

The Chamber said that these protocols will remain in place and be intensified as necessary.

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