Mini Maestros COVID-19 Safe Classes Plan

All Mini Maestros in-person classes are conducted in accordance with Government directions, guidelines and medical advice to ensure our classes are operated as safely as possible. Thank you for your help and understanding in ensuring Mini Maestros can provide a COVID-19 safe learning environment.

All Mini Maestros teachers are required to complete the Australian Government Department of Health COVID-19 Infection Control certified training and are trained in accordance with this plan and Mini Maestros COVID-19 Safe Class Procedures.

In certain venues total Class numbers may be limited due to Government restrictions on person to space ratios. Children (including siblings over 12 months) and carers will be counted for the purposes of working out the maximum Class size. This may mean only one carer per student will be allowed in Class and no sibling of a student will be allowed in Class unless they are also enrolled in the Class. If you plan to come to class with another person or sibling as well as your child, please check with us first as to whether space permits and, if so, provide their details to us.

At our venues you may be required to register before each class by scanning a QR code and providing your first name and contact details for contact tracing purposes. Where this is the case you must do this in order to access our class. Your teacher will provide the QR code. If the owner or operator of the venue where our Class is held requests the first name and contact number of each person who has attended our Class, and is lawfully entitled to do so under Government direction, then we will provide them with that information.

No person may attend a class, including the normal teacher, if they are unwell. If our teacher considers that anyone present may be unwell, they will ask them to leave. Anyone who has or is suspected of having COVID-19 or is waiting the results of a COVID-19 test or who has come into contact with a person who has or is suspected of having COVID-19 or is waiting the results of a COVID-19 test must not attend a class.

Our Online Course is available to all fully enrolled students at no extra charge as an alternative to missed classes or classes that are unavoidably cancelled due to teacher illness or other COVID-19 related issue.

If mask wearing by adults is required in public indoor spaces, carers will be required to wear masks in class at all times and your teacher will wear a mask or such other face protection as is Government required for the pre-school education context with carers present.  If mask wearing by adults is not required in public indoor spaces, face masks will not be required in our classes, but feel free to wear one if you wish.

Full vaccination as a condition of entry will apply if required by the relevant State Government.

Space will be allocated to each carer and child in class at least 1.5 metres from any other carer and child and the teacher. Government advice to Mini Maestros is that everyone in class must follow the physical distancing rules as best as they can, understanding that this may not always be possible with children. We will encourage all present to practice physical distancing between households to the best of our ability.

No instruments or teaching props will be shared in a class or between classes. Students will be asked to bring a few simple items to class for their own use. In some limited cases the teacher may make items available for single use only before they are thoroughly cleaned.

At the commencement of each class our teacher will do a wellness check-in, where each carer will acknowledge how they and their child are, and any issues that could give rise to a misunderstanding (e.g. an asthma cough) can be explained. Carers are asked to arrive on time for class, and to wait in a designated waiting area until the teacher invites you into class. Please leave promptly at the end of class in the manner directed. Between classes the teacher will be undertaking cleaning.

Our regular program will be modified so that people remain at least 1.5 metres separate (except for a carer and their child). We will still have dances and partner work but these will be modified. Students will not gather around the teacher but will remain with their carer, for example, beat work activities will be done as bookwork in class with a student’s carer rather than in a group at a whiteboard.

Cleaning will be in accordance with Government directions and will include cleaning of all touch surfaces in the classroom including door handles. Our venue owners will be responsible for cleaning public access areas and toilets in accordance with Government directions.

Hand sanitiser will be available in the classroom and elsewhere in the venue and our teachers will encourage appropriate handwashing and hygiene as well as appropriate respiratory etiquette.