The City of Tampere's early childhood education follows national guidelines on the prevention of coronavirus infections
The day care centre and open early education clubs in Tampere operate in accordance with the Finnish national hygiene and operating guidelines issued by the authorities. The goal is to avoid the spread of the coronavirus infections.
Day care centres and open early education clubs avoid unnecessary close contact and activities are carried out in accordance with hygiene guidelines to prevent infections. At the same time, it is important to make sure that the child gets the closeness, safety and interaction of an adult they need, just like beforeand as much as possible.
According to the policy issued by the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL 5 August 2020), a child should now be taken to a coronavirus test immediately if they have even mild respiratory symptoms. If the test result is negative and symptoms are clearly decreasing, the child can go back to day care, even if the symptoms have not completely subsided. However, contact with others should be avoided before the test result is clear.
If the child's symptoms later return or increase, a new test should be taken. If symptoms are clearly relieved after starting allergy medication, it may appear that the symptoms are due to an allergy. However, the child cannot attend day care until the symptoms have subsided.
The presence of persons other than children and early childhood education staff in the day care centre area must be avoided. When bringing and picking up a child, the guardian should avoid unnecessarily long visits to the day care centre. In this way, everyone's health is protected as much as possible.
When coming to the day care centre, the parent should take the child to a mudroom or porch. The parent must agree on moving in other facilities with the day care centre’s staff. The staff takes care of washing the children’s hands when they arrive at the day care. When leaving the day care centre, do not shake hands, rather say goodbye.
If the parent has respiratory symptoms, they should not come indoors.
The staff aims to work with the same group of children. The aim is to stay with the same small group as much as possible. As many activities as possible are organised outdoors, reducing the number of contacts.
Children can bring along one of their own toys to day care.
Hygiene is also taken into account during meals. Hand hygiene is taken care of even more efficiently during meals. The adults distribute the meals to the children. Children do not take their own food or handle each other’s utensils or cutlery.
Children are instructed to cough and sneeze into a sleeve and use a handkerchief only once. If a child falls ill during the day, the symptomatic child will be immediately transferred to a separate space under adult supervision to wait for their parents.
Suppose a parent suspects their child has a coronavirus infection and takes them to a coronavirus test. In that case, the parent is expected to indicate, upon receipt of the test results, when the child is expected to return to early childhood education.
Early childhood education staff and day care centre directors are happy to answer any questions families might have about the topic.
Text Johanna Toivanen