The Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) was informed on 4 April
2020 that a teaching staff at Little
Gems Preschool Pte Ltd at 3 Ang Mo Kio Street 62 #01-09, LINK@AMK, Singapore
569139 (“the Centre”) tested
positive for COVID-19. She was last in the Centre on Tuesday, 31 March 2020.
2 As an added precautionary measure, ECDA has directed that the
Centre be temporarily closed from 5 April 2020 to 14 April 2020. This covers the 14-day incubation period as the staff was last in the Centre
on 31 March 2020.
3 In addition, all affected staff and children will be placed on
a Leave of Absence during the closure period. Barring any new developments, the
Centre will resume limited service provision on Wednesday, 15 April 2020, to
serve the group of parents who
are working in essential services and are unable to extend their alternative
care arrangements beyond the closure period. Contact tracing is ongoing.
4 The Centre will conduct a thorough cleaning and disinfection of
the preschool premises and is closely monitoring its staff and parents on the
health of their children. This is in addition to earlier precautionary measures
that were implemented in accordance to MOH’s and ECDA’s guidelines. These
include restriction of visitors, suspension of large group and communal
activities as well as excursions and field trips, health checks and stepped up temperature
screening for all children and staff.
5 ECDA will continue to monitor
the situation closely, and work with the management, staff, parents and
children at the Centre to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all. Preschools
are reminded to be vigilant when conducting health checks, and to observe high
standards of personal and environmental hygiene. This includes keeping the
centre environment clean, and frequent washing of hands with soap – especially before
eating or handling food, after toilet visits, or when hands are dirtied by
respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing.