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Returning to ECD or Partial Care Facilities

The Department of Social Development (DSD) has released Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) that every ECD or partial care facility needs to follow. Here are some of the key things to know: Sending your child back to school is voluntary and a decision that should be made based on your individual circumstances. No child that has […]

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Loss in the time of COVID-19

Please note that in this piece we have used the term ‘passed away’ to refer to the death of a loved one. If your child/ren are used to another term e.g. ‘died’, ‘passed on’, ‘is gone’ please use that phrase. There are no wrong or right terms – only the terms that make the best […]

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How can I protect my child when they go out for exercise or to school?

In addition to wearing a mask for children two years and over: Remind your children to physically distance by keeping about 1-2 metres away from other people, including their friends. Do not use playground equipment or other things strangers may have touched. Hand sanitise frequently and wash your childrens’ hands when they return home. Teach your children: how to safely […]

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What if my child is in contact with someone with COVID-19?

It depends on if they are a “close contact” or not. A “close contact” is someone who was less than 1m from your child for more than 15 minutes and either one or both people were not wearing a mask. Home contact:  will be a close contact, so your child needs to stay home for […]

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How can I prevent my child passing on COVID-19 at home?

 If there is someone at home older than 65 or who has obesity or an illness like diabetes, high blood pressure, or a lung disease. All children over two need to wear a mask and always maintain a safe distance (2 metres) from the person at risk. The person at risk needs to use their […]

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How will I know if my child has COVID-19?

Your child might have COVID-19 If they have any of these symptoms: cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, loss of sense of smell or taste with or without fever, weakness, sore muscles or diarrhoea.  A child might also have the COVID-19 infection and be well, without any symptoms. A well person who has been in […]

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Are there medicines to prevent my child getting COVID-19?

Be careful of “fake news”!! There is a lot of false and incorrect information being passed around at this time. There are no specific supplements or vitamins or herbs or medicines that prevent COVID-19 in children (or adults) To stay healthy, eat healthy food (lots of fresh fruit and vegetables), exercise every day, get enough […]

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What can I do if my child does not like to wear a mask?

If your children are scared or uncomfortable wearing a face mask: let them practice wearing and cleaning the mask at home read books to your children or tell reassuring stories about wearing masks decorate the masks so they are more personal or fun let them make a mask for a favourite toy remember children under […]

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What does my child need to know about masks?

Remind your child: Wear your mask if using public transport to travel to school Make sure your mask covers your mouth and nose.  Only remove the mask to eat or drink (and store it safely). Touch only the straps when you take it off or put it on. Avoid touching the front of the mask, […]

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What can I do to protect my child from getting or passing on COVID-19 at school?

Tell your child to take care like this:   If older than 2, and if they are able, wear a cloth mask that covers your nose and mouth Social distancing – keep at least 1 to 2 metres away from others No touching of others! Avoid hugging and high-fives Wash or sanitize hands often: when […]