The Tasmanian Government announced the requirement for early childhood workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Key dates for workers in this setting are outlined below:
- From 8 January 2022 a person must not enter or remain on the premises of an early childhood facility unless they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and workers in home care settings, must have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine; and
- From the 5 February 2022 person must not enter or remain on the premises of an early childhood facility unless they have received all doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, and workers in home care settings must have received all doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
This Public Health Direction applies to persons who are engaged or employed to provide early child care services, or enter a childcare setting. See below for full details.
The Direction does not apply to persons who might be on sites to provide maintenance (for example delivery drivers, tradespeople, or construction workers) or parents that are only entering the setting to drop off or pick up children or where the care is taking place in a residential premises, such as family day care, and the premises is the person’s home and they are not an early childhood worker.
For more information about vaccination including how to book an appointment go to COVID-19 Vaccination.
Workers who are required to be vaccinated
The Public Health Direction, Vaccination requirements in relation to Early Childhood Facilities, requires that on and after 8 January 2022 all workers must have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Effective on and after 5 February 2022, a person who is employed or engaged to provide early childhood services is not permitted to provide these services unless they are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations.
The vaccination requirement will apply to all workers in early childhood facilities, including out of school hours care, out of school hours care and Family Day Care. Permanent, temporary, casually employed, contracted or voluntary workers will all be included.
Additionally, anyone who enters an early childhood facility will also be subject to the vaccination requirements. The requirements do not apply to maintenance staff, delivery drivers, or parents that are only entering the setting to drop off or pick up
Employers of a person providing early childhood services must take all reasonable steps to ensure that a person does not enter or remain on the facility to provide early education or care services unless the person meets the requirements of the direction by the required dates. For more information on requirements of an employer, visit the employer information webpage.
Workers for early childhood services include:
- any staff members who are employed by an operator of an early childhood facility, who work in a childcare or early education service, including long day care, family day care, outside school hours care, occasional care and in-home care (i.e. early childhood educators, staff and volunteers)
- People who are engaged by an early childhood facility to provide transport to children and staff for the purpose of routine transportation and excursions (i.e. bus drivers)
- volunteers (such as parent helpers)
- students on practical placements.