Early childhood education: preparations for the coronavirus epidemic

On this page, we’ve assembled measures and procedures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus which the Jyväskylä municipal early childhood education services have adopted so far.  This page will be updated as the situation develops. 

General guidelines 

  • One should only attend day-care when fully healthy.
  • The hygienic practices will be observed through intensified hand-washing, coughing right if necessary, and intensifying the cleaning of day-care premises, toys and playground equipment. 
  • Children will spend most of their day-care days in their small group.
  • Meals will be organized in a staggered fashion with the small groups. A grown-up will serve the food on each child’s plate. The small groups will take outdoor activities in staggered fashion in the day-care centre’s outdoor area, with trips made to areas near the day-care centre.
  • Any field trips to third-party destinations, or by bus, are cancelled until further notice.
  • A child is allowed to carry an important toy to and from day-care. 
  • Until further notice, no treats may be brought from home to a child’s birthday party. The birthday will be celebrated in other ways amongst the small group.
  • Day-care photography planned for the autumn will be postponed until later.  

Instructions for child absences

  • A sick child should not be taken to day-care. 
  • A child who has been sick may return to day care after one day without symptoms.
  • A child with a negative coronavirus test result may return to day care if their symptoms are obviously subsiding.
  • If a child has taken a coronavirus test and is awaiting a result,  they may return to day care with no symptoms even if the result has not yet been returned.
  • A child with no symptoms may go to day care even if a family member is exhibiting symptoms that may be consistent with the coronavirus. A quarantine will be observed only in the event of a positive test result in the family.   
  • The day care cannot require children to get tested, but can and does require sick children not to attend day care. 
  • Allergic symptoms: If a child's symptoms are alleviated after starting allergy medication, they may return to day care. If the medication has not had an effect, the child should get tested and not attend day care.
  • If a child has infection-related asthma, with continuing nasal congestion despite medication, and they have tested negative for the coronavirus, they may go to day care as long as medication has alleviated their symptoms.
  • If a child  has travelled abroad in an at-risk country as listed by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they should observe a two-week voluntary quarantine. This quarantine must be observed even if they have returned through another country that’s classified safe.            

Parent visits to day-care

  • We ask parents to use hand sanitizer placed in the day-care centre’s entranceways when entering or exiting the premises.
  • Parents should also avoid unnecessary walking inside the day-care centre. If the children of the family attend different groups, we ask parents to drop off and pick up each child at their respective doors.  
  • Early childhood education planning interviews will mainly be conducted remotely. 
  • The parents of children just starting in early childhood education may be present the beginning of the child’s day-care period. The parent’s attendance will be agreed upon with the day-care centre beforehand, and parent presence will be staggered over several days in order to prevent overcrowding. 

Visits by outside persons to day-care centres

  • City of Jyväskylä day-care centres will limit visits and participation by outside persons. Teaching trainees will be part of day-care personnel as normal, observing coronavirus safety protocols. Researchers gathering material may also visit the day-care centres provided this has been pre-arranged with the day-care centre manager. All group visits are cancelled until further notice. 

Home – day-care communication 

  • Families will be informed of the changes in everyday practices in early childhood education through the Tieto Edu online system. The Tieto Edu communication functions (Muksunetti) and calendar functions are unfortunately not yet available to guardians, and we request guardians instead contact day-care over the phone, by text message or by e-mail. 
  • Our service offices are currently serving customers over electronic communications only. The service helpline, tel. 014 266 0180, is available Mon–Tue and Thu–Fri 9 am to 12 pm, as well as Thu 12 pm to 15 pm.  The service-specific email addresses are varhaiskasvatus.palveluohjaus@jyvaskyla.fi (early childhood education services) and perusopetus.palveluohjaus@jyvaskyla.fi (basic education services). Any applications, income statements with appendices and decisions on basic social assistance can be delivered to the mailbox outside the case management unit: City of Jyväskylä, Case Management Unit, Väinönkatu 1, 4th floor, 40100 Jyväskylä.