In line with direction from the State Government, from Thursday, 6 August, only the children of permitted workers and families in need of extra support will be able to access Wyndham City kindergarten services on site. For other families, virtual and remote learning will continue.
Permitted workers or those families in need of support will be required to apply for a childcare permit granting them access to these services. The introduction of the childcare permit scheme is to reduce movement across metropolitan Melbourne, to limit the spread and impacts of COVID-19. These arrangements will be in place until at least 13 September 2020, or until the State Government announces any changes.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
STAGE FOUR RESTRICTIONS - KINDERGARTEN SERVICES
Can I access my local kindergarten?
Remote and flexible learning is in place for all Wyndham City managed Kindergartens. In line with direction from the State Government, kindergarten services are now only available on site to the children of workers deemed permitted, or families in need of more support. This is to reduce movement across metropolitan Melbourne and limit the spread and impacts of COVID-19. Permitted workers will now need to apply for an access to childcare permit to send their children to childcare or kindergarten. If you have questions about your eligibility for either of these categories, contact Business Victoria at 13 22 15. Please note Business Victoria is experiencing very high call volumes at this time and there may be an extended wait time before your call is answered.
Am I a permitted worker?
The State Government has provided an overview of which industries are able to continue to operate as per usual and their workforce are deemed “permitted workers”. If you are unsure if you meet the criteria, speak to your employer or visit: https://www.vic.gov.au/worker-permit-scheme#childcare-permit
I already have a Permitted Worker permit, do I need to apply for an Access to Childcare permit too?
Yes. The Permitted Worker permit and the Access to Childcare permit are separate, so you will need to apply for both.
How do I apply for an Access to Childcare permit?
Apply for an Access to Childcare permit by visiting https://www.vic.gov.au/worker-permit-scheme#childcare-permit
Do I need to carry both permits at all times when attending work?
No, you just need to carry the Permitted Worker permit.
I have somebody at home who can look after my child. Can I still send them to kindergarten?
If you have someone at home who can care for your child, you are not eligible unless your child is known to child protection, in out of home care, deemed medically/socially vulnerable or Koori.
I don’t have anyone at home who can care for my child, can I apply for an Access to Childcare permit?
Yes, an Access to Childcare permit is available to permitted workers who do not live with someone who is able to care for your child.
I’m a permitted worker but I am working from home. Can I still bring my child to kindergarten?
Kindergarten services are still available to permitted workers who are working from home and unable to supervise their children in the course of their duties, and do not have anyone else in the household able to supervise them. Reasons for this might include the other parent is also being a permitted worker, or because it is a single-parent household.
Does my employer need to fill out the Access to Childcare permit form?
Yes, your employer will need to fill out a section of your permit application.
Other than permitted workers, who else can access kindergarten on site?
Children who may require extra support include those in out of home care or known to child protection, medically/socially vulnerable children and Koorie children can still access on site kindergarten. Medically/socially vulnerable children could include, for example, children eligible for the Victorian Kindergarten Inclusion Support Program or the Commonwealth Inclusion Support Program; children with complex medical needs who are not at elevated risk from COVID-19; and children from a refugee or non-English speaking background. Please chat to your Team Leader if you think that you might qualify for this category.
What will happen when I attend the Service?
Staff will ask you to present your childcare permit each time you attend the service. If you cannot produce your permit and you do not fall into one of the categories listed above you will not be able to attend the service.
If my child is at home, will remote and flexible learning continue?
Yes, similarly to earlier this year, we will continue to offer remote and flexible learning for all other families.
I need more information,
If you need more information or need assistance with applying for a childcare permit, please phone Business Victoria at 13 22 15 or visit https://www.vic.gov.au/worker-permit-scheme#childcare-permit