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Protocols for Children Kindergarten and Daycare Centers

Professionals & Health Workers

Epidemiological surveillance

  • With the continuous screening and isolation procedures that occur according to the approved protocols, (Tawakkalna) application is used to ensure the employee’s health status concerning COVID-19 disease. If the employee’s status is positive or in contact with a positive case, all this will appear at the application, will not be allowed to enter the workplace.
  • The employee can return to work after he completely recovers and checking that by updating his status in Tawakkalna application.
  • Take the temperature of all those coming to kindergarten and daycare centers before entering with a device approved by the Food and Drug Authority and ask them about respiratory symptoms (cough or shortness of breath).
  • Train staff at the inspection points on the method of examination and the use of the temperature measuring device.
  • Prevent nannies, employees, children, mothers and any other companions who have a high temperature or respiratory symptoms from entering kindergarten and daycare centers.
  • Report a case that has a high temperature or respiratory symptoms (cough or shortness of breath) and is suspected of being infected with COVID-19. Record the case’s data and contact numbers, and immediately call 937 to obtain directions required to transfer the case to hospital.
  • If a confirmed infection is registered among the nannies, employees, children, or companions in the kindergarten and daycare centers, the following must be done:
    • Contact the General Directorate of Health Affairs in the same region, or call 937.
    • Ensure that there is no source of infection by examining and isolating others.
    • Disinfect places where the case was.
    • Cooperate with the Ministry of Health in the process of reporting cases who came in contact with the confirmed case, for epidemiological investigation and quarantine procedures to be applied on them in accordance with the procedures followed by the public health team.

Awareness and education

  • Rely on official sources to obtain information on COVID-19 (official sources include the Ministry of Health and the Saudi Center for Disease Prevention and Control).
  • Distribute awareness posters at all entrances to kindergarten and daycare centers and at visible places, including the following:
    • Methods of disease transmission and prevention.
    • Raising awareness of washing hands and avoiding touching the eyes, nose and mouth before washing hands, and urging attention to personal and health care.
    • Following the etiquette of sneezing and coughing (use a tissue and dispose of it as soon as possible, use the elbow by bending the arm).
  • Place a panel that includes a statement of the acts that violate health requirements and the method of reporting them.
  • Using digital channels (such as social media, phone applications, and text messages), and other means (such as placing posters in kindergarten and daycare centers) to raise awareness among nannies, employees and mothers about COVID-19, in alignment with the directives of the Ministry of Health.

Protection

  • Require nannies and employees to wear fabric masks while staying inside kindergarten and daycare centers.
  • Emphasize adherence to the preventive instructions presented inside the place (reduce the number of nannies and children inside the dining rooms and in the educational corners, and maintain the recommended physical distancing for a distance of one and a half meters between nannies and employees).
  • Limit the number of employees, nannies and children in the kindergarten and daycare centers, and reduce the capacity of children to 50%.
  • Employees must minimize personal contact with mothers, wear a mask and gloves when dealing with them, and adhere to social distancing when receiving the child.
  • Prohibit kissing children and direct contact with them without a mask.
  • Allocate a bed for each child in the bedrooms, with a commitment to continuously disinfecting the bedsheets and mattresses.
  • Prevent any nanny or employee with flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat) from coming to work, and she must be isolated until she is examined for COVID-19 and is completely cured and free of symptoms according to the report of the treating physician.
  • Employees and nannies should follow instructions regarding when, what, and how to wear safety and personal protection equipment and the correct way to remove them.
  • Emphasize adhering to washing hands with soap and water frequently for at least 40 seconds each time or sterilize them with an approved sterilizer for a period of no less than 20 seconds in the absence of soap and water.
  • Provide nannies and employees with safety and protection equipment, which include gloves and masks, and they must be provided at the entrance.
  • Entry of mothers or companions is prohibited, except in cases of extreme necessity.
  • Establish a designated pick-up and drop-off time to reduce congestion at these times.
  • Assign one nanny to be responsible for caring for a number of children during the entire period.
  • Assign nannies to each kindergarten and daycare center and prohibit their work between more than one kindergarten and daycare center.

Preventive requirements and facility environment

  • Hand sanitizers should be distributed and placed at visible places such as the entrance to the kindergarten centers, daycare centers, toilets, dining or playrooms.
  • Ensure that hand soap is available in toilets and that the disinfectant contains 80-60% of alcohol, and is in compliance with the requirements of the Food and Drug Authority.
  • Adhere to routinely disinfecting surfaces every two hours with disinfectants approved by the Food and Drug Authority (such as, sodium hypochlorite), and follow the instructions shown on the packages, with an emphasis on places where there is high possibility of contact such as door handles, tables, shelves, toys, etc.
  • Dirt should be removed with soap and water before disinfection.
  • Ensure that the toilets are disinfected after each use with approved disinfectants.
  • Ensure that gloves and masks are worn during diaper changing for children inside health facilities or toilets.
  • Eliminate carpets and bed sheets, and replace them with what can be disposed of after each use, or with what can be disinfected by easier methods.
  • Use single-use sheets and towels as possible.
  • Follow the detailed instructions in “The practical guide for cleaning and disinfection for public facilities to combat COVID-19” issued by the Saudi Center for Disease Prevention and Control.
  • Ensure that children are not sharing their personal items with other children, such as bottles, clothes, bibs, etc.
  • Use single-use food utensils (spoons, saucers, cups), made of plastic or paper.
  • Ensure good ventilation in all places, especially gathering places.
  • Regularly change or clean air filters of ventilation devices, especially air conditioners.
  • A schedule of disinfection times for surfaces and toilets must be kept.
  • Sterilize tools that might be shared by nannies or children, such as pens, educational tools, toys, cooking utensils, etc.
  • Provide no-touch waste bins, and the waste must be disposed of continuously.
Appendix (1): Groups at higher risk of infection