Children's services

The following changes to services are in place to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

Immunisations

Council’s childhood immunisation sessions are still running and the sessions times have been extended with extra precautions in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

It is important that families continue with their child’s immunisation schedule, however if you or your child are unwell (have a fever, cough and shortness of breath) or have travelled overseas in the last 14 days we kindly ask that you do not attend a session.

Kindergartens

Council’s eight kindergartens reopened for term 2 on Thursday 16 April with some modifications due to the current coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Four year old kindergarten sessions resumed and will be free for the term following the announcement of a Victorian Government support package for the sector.

The funding will support kindergarten programs and jobs and will ensure that children can continue to access education opportunities, especially the children of essential workers and those who are vulnerable.

Term 2 started with two pupil-free days, as a planned pupil-free day in May was moved forward to Tuesday 14 April and an additional pupil-free day scheduled for Wednesday 15 April. Staff used these days to plan a new kindergarten program for the term and exploring models for delivering remote learning.

Due to a drop in attendance last term, and the likelihood attendance numbers will be low this term, Council will not run three year old kindergarten programs in term 2.

There will be no students on placements, parent helpers, excursions, incursions, face-to-face meetings with parents or parent committee meetings until further notice. Parents should contact staff members via phone during term 2 should they wish to discuss their child’s progress.

For more information, call (03)5422 0333 or email eyprogramsupport@mrsc.vic.gov.au

Maternal and Child Health

We will continue to provide MCH services to families, however alternative methods such as telephone calls may be used instead of face-to-face consultations

Appointments with parents of children under eight weeks of age or considered ‘at-risk’ will be prioritised. Group sessions will cease until further notice. Parents will be notified directly on how they may be affected by these service changes.

The Breastfeeding Support Service continues to operate by offering phone consultations (including FaceTime calls).