Communication with parents throughout the period of COVID-19 remains essential and a service provider should choose the means of communication which best suits the parents/carers.
* During health guidance for COVID-19, the “play pod” model is a safe and playful approach to restricting interactions between closed groups of children and adults-in this way there will be limits to interactions between children in different play pods and to the sharing of toys outside of the individual pod. This public health guidance is subject to change.
Information leaflet for Parents on Children First in Early Learning and Care Services (English)
Information leaflet for Parents on Children First in Early Learning and Care Services (Irish)
*During Covid-19, your service provider will talk to you about the arrangements in place at your setting for drop off and collection, parents should follow the services’ Drop Off and Collection Policy. It is important that parents and guardians are physically distance from each other and from staff when dropping off and collecting their children.
*During health guidance for Covid-19, the “play pod” model is a safe and playful approach to restricting interactions between closed groups of children and adults as an alternative to social distancing, which is not possible with young children. The purpose of ‘play-pods’ is to limit the number of people a child has contact with, to facilitate contact tracing, and to support close, positive interactions between children and their adult caregivers, like in a key-worker system, which is characteristic of many childcare settings. (First 5 Website on Reopening)