21 AugAll Vic ECEC  services to close to most children plus increased regional restrictions

Posted on 21 Aug 2021

The Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, has announced this morning that all Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services in Victoria will close to most children except for vulnerable children, and the children of authorised workers if they cannot be supervised at home. A permit system will apply, and further details will be available soon.

Additionally, all regional Victoria will enter lockdown from 1pm today.  All metropolitan Melbourne restrictions – except for the curfew – will be implemented across regional Victoria.

The new restrictions, including the limits on categories of children that can attend ECEC services, will apply from 1pm today until 11.59pm Thursday, 2 September.

The increased restrictions are in response to ongoing levels of community transmission, the large number of mystery cases, and a surge of new cases and exposures sites outside of metropolitan Melbourne.

Over the coming days,  ELAA will provide members with further updates on how this will impact ECEC service operations in Victoria once further information is at hand from the Victorian Departments of Education and Training and Health and Human Services.

Please stay safe and well, be sure to keep wellbeing top of mind and don’t hesitate to utilise the wellbeing supports available to our sector including the Mental health resources – coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage and the Mental health and wellbeing in early childhood webpage.

David Worland

CLICK to read the Premier’s media release
CLICK to read the updated table of restrictions from the Victorian Government.

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