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Opening of kindergartens. Info in several languages

Many children look forward to the reopening of their kindergarten and to meet their friends again. But not all parents and daycare staff feel quite safe. Illustrating photo of painting
Due to infection prevention considerations, not all types of toys will be available to children when kindergartens open again

Q & A related to the opening of  kindergartens

The kindergartens in Trondheim Municipality will be reopened on Monday, April 20th. The Municipality invited parents and guardians to submit questions on this occasion. Many did so. On Friday 16th, many of the questions were answered in a live broadcast on the municipality's own TV channel.

You can watch the broadcast in the recording.

The following answered the questions: Camilla Trud Nereid, director of upbringing and education, Ella Ingdal, municipal head of kindergartens, Betty Johanne Pettersen, municipal medical doctor, and Gunn Kristin Hansvold, head of Øya kindergarten.

These are some of the questions and answers. They are also available in Polish, Somali, Farsi, Tigrinya, Arabic, French, Spanish and Kiswahili. 

 

- Why do you think it is safe for our children to come back to kindergarten now?

Municipal doctor Betty Pettersen: Compared to adults, few children are identified as infected in Norway and the rest of the world. For example, in Iceland and Singapore, very few children have been seen among those who have been tested. This indicates that children are infected and transmit the virus to a lesser extent than adults. They tend to have weaker symptoms and less extensive disease outbreaks. For this reason, we also expect them to have a lower infectivity rate. It is important to note that countries that have kept schools and kindergartens open register very few cases of infection among the children. This also applies to Norway and in Trondheim, where we have had some children in kindergartens and schools all the time.

- What infection control rules do you expect to be followed in the kindergarten?

Head of kindergarten, Gunn Kristin Hansvold: All employees have undergone a thorough infection control course. Good info and skills enhancement lays a good foundation for safeguarding employees. We have got good infection prevention guidelines from the health authorities. Here are three particular points to address: Low threshold when children and staff have symptoms. Good hygiene, as always in kindergarten - we have further intensified this. And good cleaning. Employees must also expect to do some of the washing tasks. We will keep our distance and organize ourselves into smaller permanent groups with permanent staff. In these regular groups, the kids will be allowed to play together.

- Will a pick-up and delivery time window be established to minimize contact?

Head of kindergarten, Gunn Kristin Hansvold: We are in the process of mapping the parents’ needs for opening hours. We want know when most people will arrive. We will work closely with the parent group to ensure that we do this in the best possible way.

- Will there be shorter opening hours in the kindergarten?

Head of kindergarten Gunn Kristin Hansvold: For some this may be an opportunity, but again we are dependent on the mapping of the parents' needs.

- How do you plan to reduce the risk of infection for the smallest children, who often eat and taste the same things, and do not realize that they have to keep a distance?

Head of kindergarten Gunn Kristin Hansvold: The organization of the indoor environment will be important, and wise thinking around which playing materials we make available. Fewer toys will now be available, in order to have good control. We will also have The same applies to hygiene, which will be even stricter now.

- If a parent has diabetes or asthma, should the child be kept at home?

Municipal doctor Betty Pettersen: If the parent has well-controlled diabetes or asthma without complications, the child needs not be kept at home. General contamination advice and good cleaning must be followed both in day care and at home. If the guardian is over 50 years of age, has poorly regulated illness or complications from his or her illness, or has other illnesses, he / she should contact his / her own physician to assess the need for adjustments. We would like people to contact the kindergarten about this.

- If there is lung disease in the family, either in children or adults, should the child be kept at home?

Municipal doctor Betty Pettersen: Lung disease is among the diseases that may have increased risk of severe course of covid-19, especially with significant impairment of lung function.

Infection protection considerations must be taken in the home, and kindergartens will also make a considerable effort on this. Parents who have lung disease should contact their own physician to assess the need for organizing the daycare center to further limit the risk of infection to the home. For children with parents (others in the household) at risk, a dialogue should be established between the kindergarten and the parents if it is possible to organize.

- Where is the border between signs of respiratory infection and the usual "toddler nose"?

Municipal Doctor Betty Pettersen: Many children often have a runny nose without other symptoms of respiratory infection, and especially after they have been out. These children can come to the nursery if the child is healthy. If the child's symptoms change, if it seems more weak, sick and feverish, the suspicion goes in the direction of more extensive respiratory tract infection.

- Do you have enough resources / staff to divide into smaller groups, and what if some employees cannot work because they are at risk and / or have symptoms?

Municipal Manager Ella Ingdal: The group size is equivalent to the the normal staffing norm for kindergartens. So it  simplifies our grouping. If there is much absence among the staff, we must consider hiring temporary staff. This is ordinary practice when employees are absent in kindergartens.

- Can I be sure my child does not meet new adult faces every day and still be seen?

Municipal Manager Ella Ingdal: You can be quite sure of that.

- Is there anything parents should send or avoid sending with the child in the kindergarten?

Head of kindergarten Gunn Kristin Hansvold: We do not want you to bring toys. A favourite soft toy and pacifiers (smokk) are of course allowed. Clothes can still be left in the wardrobe. We will need some time to create good information for our parent groups. Good cooperation with parents and guardians will be crucial.

- Can the children play together and with whom they want?

Head of kindergarten Gunn Kristin Hansvold: Yes, with those they are with, within their  group.

- How are toys and surfaces cleaned and how often?

Head of kindergarten Gunn Kristin Hansvold: We want to clean much more frequently than before. Toilets and washbasins will be washed at least daily. In addition, the surfaces should be washed two to four times daily. Our cleaning plan is being intensified.

- Have any guidelines been set regarding temporary workers? Many temporary workers work in several kindergartens and schools? Are they free to work in all of these, for the sake of infection?

Municipal Manager Ella Ingdal: All employees must undergo infection prevention training. This also applies to temporary workers. The kindergarten / day care management is responsible for this. 

We do not recommend that temporary workers move between different kindergartens, as the situation is now.

- If it is recommended that my child be home, do I have to pay for the nursery?

Municipal Director Camilla Trud Nereid: If the child can go to kindergarten, then it is supposed to go to there, and then you also have to pay for the care. If it is 

recommended that the child be kept at home, then we will look at it individually.

- Does the municipality prefer that those of us who have the opportunity keep our children at home to reduce the number of children in the kindergarten, and thus reduce the risk of infection?

Municipal Director Camilla Trud Nereid: Considering that the children do not pose much risk of infection, and also taking into consideration the great importance which the kindergarten has for the children who go there, We recommend that all the children who can do so, come to the kindergarten now.

- I'm worried about this kindergarten opening. I have read some of the research studies on covid-19. Several studies from abroad report that children can certainly be infected, but that they are often asymptomatic. The children's environment is also characterized by a huge risk of spreading infection, such as seen at Flatåsen school in the fall, with hundreds of sick at one time, or at ordinary nurseries during the norovirus outbreak. Are you going to take this knowledge into account?

Municipal doctor Betty Pettersen: The municipality of Trondheim relies on the assessments and guidelines from the Norwegian Directorate of Health and other public authorities, the assessments made through international studies and the recommendations found at international level. In Norway, few children have been diagnosed with infection, also because few children have been tested. Children of all age groups can be infected and it is possible that they develop symptoms and that they may be contagious to others. We base ourselves on the public, national reviews that have been made and also believe that these are good assessments.

- What is the most important thing we as parents can do now, before the kindergarten opens?

Municipal doctor Betty Pettersen: I think the most important thing is to share the joy of expectations and talk positively about what is going to happen. Repeat the rules on how to to wash your hands. It is also important that parents build their own trust and confidence, and that they trust in us, that we do our very best to keep low the risk associated with day-care centers.

And please remember: Parents and guardians are encouraged to contact their kindergarten if anything has to be clarified.

Sist oppdatert: 17.04.2020

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