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How Do You Create Physical Distancing In An Early Care and Education Setting?

Updated: Jun 12, 2020

Here are some super useful tips adapted from the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, May 2020. Every country will have specific guidelines. However, I suspect that global guidelines will overlap.

  • Limit the children in a classroom, to a maximum of 10 (depending on the size of the room). This will minimise potential cross-contagion.

  • Re-design the layout of each classroom, to maintain a 2 metre distance. I expect that this will be easier in an infant classroom where children are not mobile.

  • In light of the physical distancing regulations, review the traditional circle time and other activities that normally allow for large group activities.

  • Prevent the sharing of toys and materials. Rather, prepare washable packs or bags for each child and place such materials in the bag, which can be labelled.

  • During nap time, cribs/cots/beds should be placed a minimum of 2 metres apart.

  • Develop activities that model and reinforce high standards of hygiene and social/physical distancing.

  • Stagger activities such as outdoor play time or meal times, so that no two groups are in the same place at the same time.

  • All play equipment, tables, chairs etc should be sanitised regularly throughout the day.

As we know, the situation is changing and evolving on a daily basis. Practical experience will count and we will continue to research and up date our subscribers.

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