The international novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is evolving rapidly, with local transmission reported in NSW.
Children are at the same risk of contracting COVID-19 as adults. Children are more likely to have a milder illness, and some may not have any symptoms.
Children can spread a range of respiratory infections, even with only mild symptoms, so we recommend that early childhood education and care services have established plans in place in the event of service-wide infection outbreaks or broader community epidemics.
All staff and children who have recently travelled overseas must stay isolated at home for 14 days after they return. If they develop flu-like symptoms, they should call their doctor to arrange testing or go directly to a COVID-19 clinic or emergency department.
Contact your public health unit immediately on 1300 066 055 if you are notified that a child or staff member at your service has been diagnosed with COVID-19.