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New Kindergarten Routines After Reopening

Bergen Municipality has drawn up procedures and guidelines for kindergartens in Bergen based on the national guidelines for infection control measures in kindergartens.

You will find all of the information here. 

The government has decided that kindergartens will reopen from Monday, 20 April.

National Guidelines

Bergen Municipality will follow the national infection control guidelines for kindergartens.  The national guidelines emphasize three main measures:

  1. People who are ill must not be in kindergarten
  2. Good hygiene
  3. Reduced frequency of physical contact between people. More time spent outdoors and in small groups of children, together with staff.

Bergen Municipality has adapted these guidelines to local conditions, and has drawn up more detailed procedures that individual municipalities are free to decide for themselves.
 

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New Kindergarten Routines in Bergen

Reduced Opening Hours

The municipal kindergartens in Bergen will be open from 08:30 to 15:30 from April 20. The private kindergartens can decide how to organise their schedules, but the majority will follow the municipal opening hours.

Reduced opening hours allow kindergartens to increase staffing during the time the children are in kindergarten. Thus, all staff can be at work at the same time, and children and staff will be divided into fixed groups that are together throughout the day. In this way, we will ensure that the staffing norm regulated by the Kindergarten Act is being met throughout virtually all of the opening hours.

Delivering and Collecting Children

The kindergarten staff will welcome guardians and children outside. This is to prevent too many people from gathering inside the kindergarten premises.

Fixed Groups

Kindergartens must divide all children into fixed groups with permanent staff. These groups will to a great extent be assigned to different rooms on the premises. The various groups will also switch between spending time outdoors and indoors. Kindergartens may arrange for more time spent outdoors where this is feasible.

Hygiene and Infection Control

The most important measure to prevent infection is good and frequent hand washing. All staff and children must wash their hands when they arrive in the kindergarten, before and after meals, after changing diapers and using the toilet, and when they enter and exit the kindergarten. Hands must be washed for at least 20 seconds, and then dried with disposable paper towels. The kindergarten must have hand sanitizer available for use where soap and water cannot be used, e.g. on walks outside the kindergarten premises. It will then also be necessary to bring along wet wipes to wash away dirt before using hand sanitizer.

The Indoor and Outdoor Play Environment

Kindergartens must adapt the indoor and outdoor play environment, so that necessary and realistic infection control measures can be taken. Some toys must be put away, especially those that are difficult to clean, such as plush toys. Toys must not be brought from home.

Sleeping

All children who need to sleep during the day will sleep outside in their own carriages where practically possible.

Meals

All children must eat breakfast before they arrive in kindergarten. Children must bring their own packed lunches. Drinks will be served. No food will be prepared in kindergartens during this initial phase. Kindergartens must prioritise in a way that ensures that staff can spend as much time as possible playing and doing activities with the children.

Cleaning

Cleaning of exposed areas in the kindergarten will be increased to twice daily, and toys and surfaces will be cleaned frequently throughout the day. Procedures and local cleaning procedures will be adapted to each individual kindergarten.

Illness and Risk Groups

Children and staff with respiratory problems or who are ill must not be in kindergarten at this time. In case of symptoms, children must be collected as quickly as possible, and remain at home until they have been symptom-free for 24 hours.


Do You Have any Questions?

If you have any questions about infection control measures, please call the municipality's coronavirus hotline at 55 56 77 00  (Monday - Friday 08:00-21:00, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays 09:00-17:00).

If you have any questions about practical matters in connection with the kindergarten reopening, contact your kindergarten. 

If you have any questions concerning your own health or that of your child, contact your regular GP.

More information is available at udir.nobergen.kommune.no/koronavirus and at fhi.no