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The opening hours and organisation of work in kindergartens and nurseries is decided by the management. Local authorities must ensure that there is a kindergarten place for all parents who want it for children aged from 18 months to seven years who live in that municipality or town with at least one parent. with the consent of the parent, the place in kindergarten for a child aged from 18 months to three years may be replaced by the municipality with a babysitting service.

The management of the kindergarten or nursery decides how the work is organised, and the head of the kindergarten works with local authorities to find the best solutions. Closing kindergartens has a major impact on lifestyles in general, and so it is important to keep kindergartens and nurseries open even when the virus is spreading widely.

Teachers or nannies in childcare institutions have the right and the duty to refuse entry to children and parents showing signs of illness. Children are generally affected by covid-19 only very mildly, therefore close attention must be paid to monitoring their health and signs of illness.

The Health Board has sent a guide to childcare institutions, which must be followed for the protection of the health of children and kindergarten employees. It gives precise instructions on all measures to be taken in the kindergarten.

Instructions for kindergartens and childcare facilities regarding the spread of COVID-19 virus

Recommendations for kindergartens and childcare facilities for exiting the crisis period

The childcare institution organises the acquisition of the necessary personal protection equipment in cooperation with the owner of the institution.

Last updated: 10.09.2020 18:33

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However, it is recommended to limit contacts between different kindergarten groups.

Last updated: 08.09.2020 16:35

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Every kindergarten makes its own decisions about using protective equipment. Childcare facilities must certainly follow hygiene requirements very thoroughly. The number of people entering the building must be limited. Symptomatic people are not allowed inside. The groups are also not allowed to come into contact with each other.

Last updated: 27.03.2020 21:59

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There have to be good reasons for not permitting a child to attend the kindergarten. This might be for example if it is known that the requirement to stay at home was broken, or that the child is living with or has come into contact with a family member who has the coronavirus or is suspected of having it. Parents must tell the truth about whether there has been any possible risk of infection. If there have been no such circumstances, the management of the kindergarten has to find a suitable solution.

The local municipality has to guarantee a place in kindergarten to all children who have at least one parent registered as living in that local municipality. This means that if the head of the kindergarten refuses to take a child, the parent should contact the local municipality.

You must observe closely the health of your family and not bring to kindergarten a child if there are any symptoms of illness. The kindergarten has the right to send sick children home.

Last updated: 10.09.2020 18:35

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There is no obligation to do this.

It is most important that children, parents and staff who show signs of illness should not enter kindergartens or other childcare institutions.

How the work of kindergartens and nurseries is organised is decided by the management, and the head of the kindergarten works with local authorities to find the best solution for minimising risks.

Last updated: 10.09.2020 18:33

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