Children To Be Welcomed Back To Public Daycare Centres On August 10 Amidst Strict COVID-19 Guidelines

Basseterre, St. Kitts, August 5, 2020 (SKNIS): Ministry of Education has announced that Public Day-care Centres will be re-opening on Monday, August 10, 2020.

Early Childhood Development Unit Director Kimona Browne made the announcement in an interview with the Education Media Unit.

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“We are now welcoming back the children who were at home for an extended period due to the COVID-19 Pandemic,” said Early Childhood Development Unit Director, Kimona Browne. “We realise that this has been challenging for the parents and guardians over the months, but the early childhood practitioners are all geared up towards assuming their responsibilities as early childhood service providers.”

Children returning now are those who were in the day care prior to closure. All new children to centres will attend on September, 07, 2020.

The Ministry has informed that children must be brought to the centres and collected by a responsible adult, and buses dropping off children and traffic warden taking children from buses are no longer allowed.

All staff, parents and guardians are required to observe several Covid-19 protocols for Early Childhood Centres.

Every child would be signed in and out of the regular register. Once a child or staff member has a temperature that is equal to or greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius, neither child nor staff will be allowed to enter the building. A second temperature reading will be taken half-hour after the first reading to confirm whether there is a sustained elevated temperature.

Only a responsible adult can bring children to the centre. Children will not be allowed to drop off children at the centre.

Parents are no longer allowed inside the centres. They can only come to drop off or pick up their children.

All staff must wear a facemask upon entry and while inside the institution.

Children will not wear a facemask at any time.

The Old Road Day Care Centre will remain closed until further notice due to some maintenance work that has to be completed. Every effort is being made to ensure that this is done in the timeliest manner.

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