Newsletter for guardians in early childhood education and care
Shortage of substitutes, end-of-year and early-year groups are organized
Day care centres in the city of Oulu suffer from an exceptionally bad shortage of substitutes. Unfortunately, on some days we have had to close open early childhood education or parents have had to be asked to pick up their child earlier than normal. We apologize for the situation and will make every effort to ensure normal operation.
Early childhood education service guidance is currently organizing the groups. There is currently a shortage of early childhood education places in many areas. Our goal is to give families information about the place of early childhood education no later than two weeks before the start. We aim to inform during December about places starting in January.
Quarantine is no longer imposed in day care centres and schools
The Hospital District of Northern Ostrobothnia has outlined on 5 October 2021 that exposure leading to quarantine is not considered to have taken place if the exposure has taken place, for example, in a school, day care centre or outdoors.
If exposure to coronavirus occurs at the above sites, those exposed will be instructed to seek sampling if they develop symptoms suggestive of coronavirus infection.
When you find that your child has symptoms appropriate to a viral infection, we recommend that he or she does not go to school or early childhood education.
However, it is not always necessary for a child to take a corona test when he becomes ill. Mild symptoms of a viral infection in a child under the age of 12 can be monitored at home without testing. The symptoms are mild if the child is perky and active and able to play, even if he has a runny nose, cough and fever. The child should avoid contact outside the family until the symptoms are significantly relieved.
You can find up-to-date instructions on the Corona website of the City of Oulu: https://www.ouka.fi/oulu/english/corona > Updated Covid-19 testing instructions for families with children
Miia Kemppi, Director of Early Childhood Education