what’s jamm’n – COVID 19

We would like to inform all parents that, in line with the government announcement made over the weekend, we have taken the decision to close our centre this week with the last school day being Wednesday the 18th of March. Please notify me if you have logistical problems due to this short notice.

The current guideline given by the government is that schools are to remain closed until after the Easter weekend in April, should this change in any way we will advise. We are looking at options available to potentially shorten the remaining holiday periods in 2020 to offset some of the impact of this closure to all of you and will provide a follow-up communication in the next week or two in this regard. Please take all the necessary precautions to limit your and your child’s exposure.

Amongst all the communications about the Coronavirus (Covid-19) it is difficult to know what is true and what is not. Please note that as a Centre we have chosen to follow the sanitation guidelines as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

We need to work together to protect our children, staff and parents/guardians. We ask that you assist us with the following habits and you reinforce this at home:

  • Hand Washing Techniques – As a Centre we have decided to use a song to reinforce the proper handwashing routine. It is important that we wash our hands for a minimum of 20 seconds and we emphasise getting all the areas e.g. in between our fingers, our thumbs and wrists etc. We will include the song and routine at the end of this Newsletter.
  • Avoidance – Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Find alternative ways of greeting instead of shaking hands and close contact with others. Remind your children to cover their mouths and nose with a bent elbow or tissue when they cough or sneeze (if this is possible).
  • Signs and symptoms – We will be checking the learner’s and staff’s temperatures as they arrive at the Centre. If there is any sign of a fever we will ask that the learner or staff member goes home immediately. We also encourage parents that if your child is presenting with any symptoms of a cold or weakened immune system that they stay at home until they are fully recovered.
  • Reporting – If any member of your family is presenting with any symptoms of cold or flu, please self-isolate immediately by staying at home and/or not sending the children to school; we advise that you follow these steps:
    • Phone your doctor and get advice as to where the correct place is to report in order to be properly tested for possible infection.
    • Only report back to work or send your child to school once written clearance from your doctor has been given.
    • Please inform the Centre immediately should anyone in your family be infected by the virus.
  • Returning from travel – Please self-isolate for 14 days and seek medical attention if you have just returned from any travel in an area that has cases of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Hand Washing Song:
Sing this song while washing your child’s hands. Wash, Wash, Wash Your Hands (Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Wash, wash Wash your hands
Wash them nice and clean.
Scrub them here (with hand motion scrubbing together)
Scrub them there (with hand motion scrubbing tops of hands)
And scrub them in between (with hand motion scrubbing between fingers).

Wash, wash, wash, your hands
Play our handy game
Rub and scrub, scrub and rub
Germs go down the drain HEY!

Wash, wash, wash, your hands
Play our handy game
Rub and scrub, scrub and rub
Germs go down the drain HEY!