Corona | 2020

Here you can find the latest news related to the Corona situation.

04/29/2020 | Status

28 April 2020

Press release of the Health, Social and Integration Directorate

Today, the cantonal governing body has decided that the full staffing of the care institutions should be possible again in the canton of Bern from 17 May 2020. The daycare centres can now gradually adjust their capacities and carefully plan the resumption of care in consultation with the parents. This gradual adjustment is possible because the canton and the municipalities will finance those places that remain empty because of the care at home until 16 May 2020.

The core hygiene and behavioural rules must continue to be complied with.

Thank you for taking note

The Kita Team

04/09/2020 | Status

Canton of Bern, Kibesuisse and Federal Office of Public Health FOPH

Canton of Bern, Kibesuisse and Federal Office of Public Health FOPH

MERKBLATT FOR CHILDREN’S INSTITUTIONS
COVID-19: Health protection in family-complementary childcare

https://www.bsv.admin.ch/bsv/de/home/sozialpolitische-themen/familienpolitik/vereinbarkeit/corona-merkblatt-kinderbetreuung.html

1. Dear Parents and Guardians

Due to the measures taken by the Federal Council to combat coronavirus (COVID-19), the cantons must provide the necessary care services for children who cannot be cared for privately. Particularly vulnerable persons are not allowed to take action in this area. Daycare centres may be closed only if the competent authorities provide for other appropriate care services.
This fact sheet explains the federal government’s protective measures in institutions2 of family-complementary childcare. These include day care centres, facilities for secondary care and day-family organisations. They concern the children in care, their parents and the employees of these institutional care services.
The institution of family-complementary childcare regularly informs itself about the orders of the supervisory and granting authority, which is responsible for it. It is obliged to comply with its requirements.

 

2. SPECIAL HIGHLIGHTS OF THE

Particularly vulnerable employees are persons aged 65 and over and all persons with blood pressure, diabetes, diseases and therapies that weaken the immune system, cardiovascular diseases and cancer (see FOPH: Particularly vulnerable persons). Pregnant women and adolescents are not considered to be particularly vulnerable. However, pregnant women are protected in the context of maternity protection at work (see SECO: Maternity Protection). Learners must in principle be treated the same as all other employees in terms of their vulnerability. Students remain learners even in the current situation and must not be treated as a trained specialist.
A particularly vulnerable person communicates his or her particular vulnerability to his employer by means of a personal declaration. The precise indication of the reason for the particular hazard is voluntary. The employer may require a medical certificate on a case-by-case basis.
Particularly vulnerable employees are exempted from immediate care work. Where possible, they may be assigned appropriate replacement work in compliance with the recommended protective measures. However, contact with children and other employees must be avoided. For example, work in administration is eligible. Contact with other people must also be completely avoided on the way to work. If this is not possible, particularly vulnerable employees work from home.
The employer pays particularly vulnerable employees on leave under continued pay if work is not possible from home (see SECO: Health Protection Journal COVID-19).

 

3. WORKING AND CHILDREN WITH SYMPTOMS OF AN ACUTE EXPERIENCE

Employees and children with coughs, sore throats, shortness of breath with or without fever, fever or muscle pain stay at home and, if the symptoms do not subside, are very strong or intensify after registering by phone in a doctor’s office or emergency ward. Otherwise, they go into self-isolation for at least 10 days (see FOPH: Self-isolation). Employees and children with symptoms of acute respiratory disease are not allowed to work or visit the care institution (see FOPH: Self-isolation and self-quarantine).
Employees and children living in the same household as a person with an acute respiratory disease (cough, sore throat, shortness of breath) and/or fever, fever, muscle pain, are not allowed to visit the care institution for 10 days and go to home in self-quarantine (see FOPH: self-quarantine). This also applies if intimate partners of employees have these symptoms. If employees and children remain free of complaints during this period, they can resume their activities or visit to the institution thereafter.
Parents must immediately pick up children with coughs, sore throats, shortness of breath with or without fever, fever or muscle pain at the care institution. The sick child and all persons living in the same household as the child or possible intimate partners of the parents who do not live in the same household must go into self-quarantine at home. In addition, all other employees and parents should be informed. This is important so that they are aware of possible symptoms and are sensitized.
There is no obligation to quarantine all children and employees cared for in the same care institution. There is no need to order the facility to close. However, the cantonal doctor or the cantonal doctor as well as the competent supervisory and licensing authority should be informed immediately of a confirmed COVID-19 case in a care institution.

 

Protective measures
3.1 HYGIENE

Facilities must be made available and arrangements must be made to ensure compliance with the protective measures referred to by the FOPH (see FOPH: Hygiene Rules). Possible measures include the provision of soap dispensers, disposable towels and disinfectants as well as closed waste bins, and the regular cleaning of objects and premises. All persons in the care institution (employees, children and parents) should wash their hands regularly with water and soap. This must be observed especially after arrival at the care institution, before and after the preparation of the meal and the meal, as well as before and after breaks and meetings.
Children should wash their hands with soap. Disinfectants should only be used in children in urgent situations when soap is not available. A moisture cream should be used to care for the hands.
Parents are encouraged to comply with hygiene measures in the institution as well. In order to keep the number of people in the premises of the care institution as small as possible, the parents accompany their children only as far as necessary when they are brought and picked up.
It is advisable to inform employees, parents and children regularly about the protective measures and other important aspects. For this purpose, the FOPH provides materials in different languages (see FOPH: Downloads in different languages).

 

3.2 SPATIAL DISTANZ IN THE SUPPORT
It is important to ensure that employees, parents and children can keep two metres apart. Groups of employees and children should be as small as possible (ideally 5 children per group plus carers) and remain equally composed. If a group of carers and children are outside the institution , e.g. during a walk, playground or park – the group may not exceed 5 persons (maximum number of persons, i.e. children including carers). A distance of at least two metres must be observed from other persons. 4
Infants and young children cannot and should not be cared for at a distance. This would be incompatible with the best interests of the child. Daily changes in the composition of groups with infants and young children as well as contacts with persons outside the group should be avoided.

4. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
FOPH website on the new coronavirus:
• www.bag.admin.ch/neues-coronavirus
• www.bag-coronavirus.ch
SECO website on the new coronavirus:
• www.seco.admin.ch/pandemie
BSV website on the new coronavirus:
• www.bsv.admin.ch/Überblick coronavirus
Additional information can also be found on the websites of kibesuisse and pro enfance. These two professional associations for family-complementary childcare are supported by the BSV:
• www.kibesuisse.ch
• www.proenfance.ch

 

19.03.2020 | Status
Canton of Bern, Directorate for Home Affairs and Justice (KJA) – Cantonal Youth Office

Childcare: Information for parents

Dear parents and guardians

According to the media, schools, day care centres and day-family organisations continue to provide care for families who cannot look after their children privately. In the letter we would like to inform you what this means for you.

Do I have to look after my child privately?
If possible, take care of your child privately. Note:

• You have to do without the care of particularly vulnerable persons (1).
• A strong mixing with other children in the private sector is to be dispensed with.
This means that the care should take place as far as possible in the nuclear family and at most in exchange with a few other persons (maximum four to five children in total).

If this is not possible, the care in the daycare / at the day family / in the school is to be chosen.

Who decides whether we need care?

The parents make the decision according to the above points. The offer of support
explicitly applies not only to parents in medical professions.

Attention: In a group, no more than 4-5 children can be cared for together. Can this be
due to the number of children, the day care center must be
and to provide children with absolutely central functions (work in the hospital, etc.) at the moment.
give preference. In such cases, the institutions must increase the capacity as soon as possible
or seek solutions together with other institutions.
In the spirit of solidarity, we assume that the parents who can organise it will take care of the children
also take care of themselves.

Does my daycare have to offer the care?

The daycare centres and day-family organisations must continue to provide care for parents who have
cannot organise care privately. However, it is possible that the care in your community
no longer takes place in every institution and companies organise themselves together.

(1) Particularly at risk under the FOPH are persons over 65 years of age and persons who, in particular, are one of the
following diseases: high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, chronic
Respiratory diseases, diseases and therapies that weaken the immune system, cancer

Do we have to pay parental rates, even if we look after our children privately?
The daycare / day family organization must continue to provide the offer and it is also available for you
ready when you need it. A waiver of the care costs could be given to the daycare
not finance day-family organisations accordingly. Please pay the invoices up to date
even if you can look after your child privately. The canton is in the interest of
costs. As children throughout Switzerland are temporarily private instead of in daycare
day family, we can also imagine that there will be a
swiss-wide regulation. We will inform you as soon as there is more clarity. Thank you
warm for your understanding!

Where can we find more information?
The canton informs on www.be.ch/corona in the section Schools and day care centres.
Thank you very much for your much-appreciated support in curbing the spread of the
Coronavirus and your solidarity. Good health!

Sven Colijn (Cantonal Youth Office; [email protected]) and Esther Christen

(Family, Social and Integration Office; [email protected])

18.03.2020 | Status message , Müntschemier Kita Pinocchio

Dear Parents

The current situation requires a great deal of composure and patience from all of us. A lot of things are unsettled and we do not have an answer to everything.

We understand very well that there are also some questions from your side.

If you have the opportunity to look after your children at home or in their social environment at the moment, it will help everyone at the moment and increase security. We therefore thank all parents who have this opportunity from the heart. This also improves our ability to provide a place for care for parents who are now in urgent need of care. For example, who work in the health sector or because the children have previously been cared for by grandparents or other persons at particular risk.

Unfortunately, we have not received any further information from the canton on financial matters at the moment. According to our current information, the care agreement is currently in place and we must continue to charge parental contributions to those parents whose children are not currently attending daycare. Otherwise, the further day-care operation is endangered, as rent and wages must of course be continued to be paid. That is why today we must treat the situation in the same way as holidays or illnesses. We expect further clarification on this issue on the part of the canton. As soon as we receive new information and instructions, we will inform you immediately. There will certainly be solutions that will do justice to you and the daycare. Of course, we will provide you with credits retrospectively if funds are spoken for this purpose. Therefore, we ask you to pay the April invoice – which you will receive again by e-mail. If you have not received the invoice, please check the spam folder.

We depend on the solidarity of all so that the daycare operation does not collapse now and can continue in the future (after the Corona wave). This is certainly in the interests of all parents.

We thank you for your understanding, patience and good cooperation.

Together we row to new shores and with the commitment of each individual we will also come to further solutions.

Friendly greetings

Aimée Scotoni & Miriam Trafelet

17.03.2020 | Status

Childcare ensured

Information for daycare centres and day family organisations

The Federal Government’s requirements apply in the Canton of Bern: the Federal Council regulates the
Regulation on measures to combat the coronavirus, the question of the
Daycare.

For children who cannot be cared for privately, the cantons have
care services.
Daycare centres may only be closed if other suitable childcare services are available
consist of the

For the time being, this measure will apply until 19 April 2020, just as the school closures will be.
In concrete terms, this means:

• The day care centres and day-family organisations continue to look after all children who are not
can be looked after privately.
This also applies to all daycare centres that have already closed. From now on, these must be
ensure care for children who cannot be cared for privately.
• Of course, this can also be done in cooperation with other institutions of the
childcare.
• Within the scope of their capacities, daycare centres and day families also take care of children for longer or longer
on additional days.
• Parents, not the institution, decide whether the care in the daycare/day family
necessary.
The offer is not only valid for parents with certain professions.
The care should be provided in as small and constant groups as possible with 4-5 children.
• Particularly vulnerable persons (1) must not be involved in care.
In connection with the new measures, institutions and parents will have a large number of
financial and organisational issues. As soon as these have been clarified, further information will be provided.

(1) Particularly at risk under the FOPH are persons over 65 years of age and persons who, in particular, are one of the
following diseases: high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, chronic
Respiratory diseases, diseases and therapies that weaken the immune system, cancer

Information for parents
• If possible, take care of your child privately. Note:
• You have to do without the care of particularly vulnerable persons1.
• A strong mixing with other children in the private sector is to be dispensed with.
• I.e. care should be provided as far as possible in the nuclear family and at most in exchange with little
persons (maximum five children).

If this is not possible, the care in the daycare / with the day family / in the school is too
Choose.
The daycare centres and day-family organisations must continue to provide care for parents who have
cannot organise care privately. However, it is possible that the care in their
the community no longer takes place in every institution and companies organize together.

Situation Playgroups
Playing groups must be called by Article 6, paragraph. 1 of The Federal Council’s Ordinance 2 on Measures to
Combating the Corona virus will remain closed until 19 April.

03/16/2020 | Status

Müntschemier, 16.03.20, 20.31h

Dear Parents

We would like to inform you that we are there for your children in daycare. However, we would like to point out to you, on the basis of the Federal Council, that if possible, you will have the children looked after in other ways. For example, by family members (not grandparents or people with an increased risk factor) or other families.

This information is related to the Federal Council’s communication today. This is changing almost every day at the moment, and we are all asking for a certain degree of flexibility. It is very difficult for us to make long-term decisions, because the overall situation can change again and again. However, we will try to pass on to you as soon as possible the decisions and information we decide. Please inform you regularly on the homepage – the information will be displayed here.

Everything flows, nothing rests.
Everything passes, nothing lasts.
Illness turns health beautiful.
One turns to the other and vice versa.
First things are blown apart, then they are put back together.
Everything comes at its time.
to Heraclitus

In this sense, we wish you confidence and trust,

Greetings

Aimée Scotoni and Miriam Trafelet-Neuhaus