Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for parents, carers and guardians


The Premier has announced additional steps to help reduce people's chance of infection and slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes bringing forward the school holidays in Victoria to commence from Tuesday 24 March. Early childhood education and care services, TAFE and training providers will remain open.

Early childhood education and care services

Early childhood education and care services in Victoria are currently open. Decisions on early childhood service closures as a preventative measure will be made on the recommendation of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee.

The latest advice is that pre-emptive closures of early childhood education and care services, including family day care and vacation care programs, are not proportionate or effective as a public health intervention to prevent community transmission at this time.

If individual services are closed they will be listed at: Emergency closures/remote learning and relocations.

All excursions should be postponed or cancelled. This applies to excursions to public venues outside the centre excluding bush kindergarten.

Attendance

While Victorians are urged to stay at home, families can leave their homes to take their children to and from an early childhood service. This advice will continue to be reviewed daily.

Only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members are now able to travel to Australia. All travellers to Australia are required to self-isolate for 14 days in a hotel. Any person who is self-isolating must not visit an early childhood service to pick up children or for any other reason.

Term 2 school dates

Term 2 commences Tuesday 14 April with a pupil-free day.

Students will return on Wednesday 15 April.

The Victorian Chief Health Officer will advise on whether the transition to flexible and remote learning and support should commence on the first student day of Term 2 closer to the time.

This unprecedented measure was announced by the Premier, in an additional step to combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

This is a significant decision based on advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer. We encourage families to be aware of current coronavirus (COVID-19) health advice.

Outside-school-hours care (OSHC) programs are still able to operate during school holidays, wherever possible. OSHC and vacation care programs will not be able to operate from schools that have been directed by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to closure due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Learning from home

If children need to be at home, the Department has provided information about resources for learning from home.

Health information

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS) has information for the public about coronavirus: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Advice for parents and carers of international students

The Commonwealth Government has developed advice for international students travelling to Australia: coronavirus (COVID-19) student support

For more advice if you have a commenced or non-commenced enrolment in a Victorian Government school, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for international students

Talking to your child

You can follow these tips for talking to your child about coronavirus (COVID-19). They include how to have a safe and reassuring conversation and links to resources to help you and your family.