At Camp Australia, we take the health and safety of your children very seriously. We have developed a robust COVID safe plan, ensuring that every one of our services is following best practice.
Our Hygiene and Infection Control policy exists to provide a safe and healthy environment for the wellbeing of children and educators. We provide hand sanitiser for our educators to practice hand hygiene. This is in addition to our detailed handwashing policy, which includes role modelling it for children to observe. Our surface hygiene has been reinforced and includes the sanitisation of all benches, resources, and other high-use areas before, during and after the service. Additionally, the service tablet is now limited to only one educator in service to mitigate the spread of any possible bacteria.
While it can be difficult to socially distance in OSHC, we have a range of measures in place to help mitigate the spread of COVID. Including splitting large groups into smaller groups by age or ability and tailor the experiences to them, avoiding queueing up for food, avoid non-essential activities involving close personal contact, utilising all available licensed spaces and more.
Where possible, we encourage our educators to include as many sun-safe outdoor activities as possible, reducing the time spent indoors. It's great for mitigating the spread of COVID and children love it.
All services aim to provide as much ventilation as possible into the OSHC room, including increasing fresh airflow by ensuring external doors and windows remain open, wherever possible and safe, taking breaks outdoors, avoid the direction of fans towards children's faces and disabling ventilation controls that reduce air supply. This is an important strategy in reducing the risk of aerosol transmission.
Camp Australia's team members are all fully compliant with all state laws and regulations regarding COVID vaccinations. We are committed to keeping your children, ourselves and our communities safe.
We provide masks for our teams to utilise while in service, ensuring they comply with all government mandates. Additionally, depending on your location, children may need to also wear masks while indoors. Please read below for state-specific updates.
Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) have been deployed, by the state governments, to our OSHC services in ACT, NSW, SA and VIC, for use by our educators. Please read below for your state-based update. Additionally, depending on your state, RATs have been provided to your school for your children to access. Please consult with your school leaders.
Students in years 3 to 6 are encouraged to wear a mask when indoors at school if they are comfortable doing so (at the discretion of the student and their parents or carers). Children in preschool to year 2 are not advised to wear masks as they are likely to be worn incorrectly and may present a choking hazard. Students with disabilities do not need to wear a mask at school and will not be required to produce a medical certificate or wear a wrist band to indicate they don’t have to wear a mask. Educators must wear masks while indoors. Educators in the ACT have been provided with Rapid Antigen Tests and we strongly encourage bi-weekly monitoring to ensure the safety of our school communities.
All staff and visitors in ECE services are required to wear masks while indoors. NSW Health advises children 2-12 years are also exempt from the requirement to wear face masks, but are encouraged to wear masks where practicable. Children in Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) and Vacation Care Services will follow the same rules for mask wearing for primary school students in accordance with current department advice. Educators in NSW have been provided with Rapid Antigen Tests to monitor themselves when they are deemed high-risk.
Masks must be worn indoors everywhere in Queensland, except in your own home or accommodation, and where it is unsafe, such as while doing strenuous exercise. You do not need to wear a mask outdoors if you can remain 1.5 metres away from others that are not members of your household. Children under 12 years and people affected by a medical condition or disability do not lawfully have to wear a face mask.
Face masks are: required for all adults (including visitors), except when teaching or interacting with children, strongly recommended for students in years 3 to 6. Exemptions will be made for students or staff who have a medical condition, such as problems with their breathing, a serious skin condition on the face, a disability, or a mental health condition. Educators in SA have been provided with Rapid Antigen Tests and we strongly encourage bi-weekly monitoring to ensure the safety of our school communities.
Wearing a mask is required for everyone aged 8 and above in all indoor settings in Victoria (unless an exception applies, such as when in a home, when consuming food or drink, or when receiving beauty services). Educators in VIC have been provided with Rapid Antigen Tests and we strongly encourage bi-weekly monitoring to ensure the safety of our school communities.
Masks are mandatory for Perth, Peel, South West, Wheatbelt and Great Southern in all indoor public venues. The mask mandate will not apply to the home, people with disabilities, people doing vigorous indoor exercise, or children in primary school or younger.