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Coronavirus: Resumption of regular service in our kitas

Adapted rules of hygiene and conduct in our kitas as of 17 September 2020

Our protection concept is based on the recommendations and requirements of Kibesuisse, the BAG, the MMI and the ED Basel-Stadt. (Please note: for child care centres, the federal guidelines that it has laid down for public spaces and other establishments do not apply in all areas). The most important measures of our protection concept are:

Duty to wear protectiv masks

From Thursday 17th September 2020, the wearing of masks will be compulsory in our child care facilities. This means that also our team members are obliged to work with protective masks. They work according to the recommendations of the MMI. This means that mask-free time will be built into the child care day, especially for children under two years of age. The mask-free time will be accomplishe by only one assigned team member for each child. Mask-free time is also included for children who show signs of uncertainty due to the mask. This is always only be done in consultation with the parents.

Distance regulations

The distance regulations cannot be applied to babies and toddlers in the kitas. Accordingly, the distance rules do not apply to the children. They should behave and move as normally as possible in the group.

The following rules apply to parents/kita employees:

  • When the children are brought (when entering the kita), the parents and the employees wear a protective mask.
  • The daily exchange between parents and the employee is to be kept as short as possible and only the most necessary things are discussed. The recommended minimum distance must be observed. Parents may be offered the opportunity to have longer conversations by telephone.
  • Closer contacts (e.g. when handing over babies and toddlers) are kept as short as possible.
  • We do not shake hands. Instead, we smile at each other.
  • The handover of children to the kita or home takes place outside, in the corridor, or the entrance area in front of the group rooms.
  • Parents external persons normally should not enter the group rooms.
  • The children are only brought/collected by one parent or confidant person.
  • There can only be one handover per group at a time.
  • The specified distance regulation between the families is also observed during the handover.
  • Meetings of parents in and in front of the kita should be avoided.

Hygiene measures

The following hygiene measures are fully observed:

  • Children and parents wash or disinfect their hands when entering the kita and before handing over/entering the group. The hands are dried with disposable towels.
  • Only sneeze or cough in a handkerchief or crook of your arm. Paper handkerchiefs are only used once. Used paper tissues are to be disposed of in a closed container.
  • All facilities are ventilated regularly and extensively (with due regard to child safety).
  • The toys are cleaned and disinfected regularly.
  • The facilities are carefully cleaned daily and disinfected where necessary and possible.
  • Door handles, banisters, taps, security doors, etc. are cleaned several times a day with soapy water or disinfectant.
  • Employees wash their hands before every physical contact with the children (e.g. blowing their noses) and in between care.
  • The changing mat is disinfected after each use.
  • For the sleeping situation, each child has its equipment (pillow, woolen blanket), which is washed regularly.
  • Each child has a marked cup or drinking bottle. These are not shared among themselves.
  • During the transition from the outdoor activity to the group, everyone (children and carers) wash their hands with soap..

Daily care routine

  • There are special rules for eating situations.
  • The children in our institutions spend time outdoors every day. They do this either in their garden or they go for a walk in the regular groups of children. The hygiene measures and distance rules are also observed.
  • Events such as parent events are currently not possible.
  • Public transport should be used only very cautiously and rush hours should be avoided absolutely.
  • Visits with parents should take place outside opening hours if possible. Parents are obliged to wear protective masks during the visit.