The new reopening guidelines for nurseries in Dubai include permanent shutdown if more than two Covid-19 cases are found
10 September 2020| Last updated on 10 September 2020
These are the KHDA's reopening guidelines for all Dubai nurseries and early learning centres
Dubai's education regulator issued a 79-point guideline for nurseries and early learning centers to reopen in the emirate.
The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) has instructed nurseries to limit children grouping around each toy and equipment to four.
The guideline also called on ELCs to encourage outdoor activities whenever possible.
At a glance, here is a list of some of the reopening rules and guidelines Dubai nurseries must follow during the Covid-19 outbreak.
- Bags and shoes of staff and children must be cleaned as well as sanitised as soon as they arrive at the facility
- Childcare must be carried out in maximum "stable" groups of 10 or less children ("Stable" means the same 10 or fewer kids who are in the same group every. These groups must be in rooms that cannot be accessed by other children and groups).
- Nappy changing stations and toilets must follow disinfection and sanitisation guidelines set as per Dubai Municipality
- Staff must wash their hands for at least 20 seconds before and after handling milk bottles and water bottles
- Outdoor activities must be encouraged, with with no more than one group of children in one outside area at a time
- A physical distance of 1.5 metres should be maintained during playground play time
- If capacity becomes an issue, nursery admission must be prioritised for children of working parents at an office, and have no alternatives to look after their kids
- Dubai nurseries can use buses at 50% of its usual capacity, with place marks on seats
- A registered DHA-licensed nurse must be available at every ELC
Other KHDA guidelines include nursery staff testing for Covid-19 every two weeks.
If more than two cases of Covid-19 are found at a Dubai nursery, this may also result in its permanent closure.