Reopening ECIs – Physical Layout and Infrastructure

To continue our blog series outlining the protocols for reopening ECIs, in this blog article, we will be highlighting the protocols that are outlined in the Reopening Early Childhood Institutions For Children Ages 0-5 Specific Protocols document that concern the physical layout and infrastructure of early childhood institutions. All the protocols outlined below are mandatory and the full document can be found on the ECC website.

Protocols for Physical Layout and Infrastructure for Early Childhood Institutions:

  • ECIs must utilise the MoHW Self-assessment Checklist. 
  • Guidelines signs for child entry must be in accessible written and poster form on the outside of the premises
  • Guidelines signs for mandatory masks for parents on school property, physical distancing and sanitation protocols are to be accessible on the outside of premises
  • Spots on the ground outside doors of the facility should set the boundary of six (6) feet intervals where parents/guardians may wait safely to pick up their children
  • There should be fully equipped hand-sanitization stations that are within height reach for children to access or to be dispensed by ECI workers
  • Sanitizer must be made with at least 60% ethyl alcohol or 75% isopropyl alcohol or be a product recommended by the MoHW and must be available at all times
  • Hand washing posters suitable for young children should be made available and as required by ECC Standards
  • Large signs/posters suitable for young children must be placed in visible areas promoting other sanitizing protocols
  • Each child must be assigned to his/her own crib as required by ECC Standards. ECIs must ensure that clean bed linen is available and changed daily/weekly
  • Seating in the classroom should be spaced to follow ECC Standards of 20 sq. foot per child and the physical distancing standards of 6 feet
  • There must be an isolation room/corner for children who show symptoms to stay until they are collected by a parent/guardian as required by ECC Standards
  • ECIs should open doors and windows to create circulation of indoors areas
  • Temperature in the classroom must not exceed 30C/ 86F as is required by the Public Health Act
  • ECIs should rearrange seating to allow students to face the same direction
  • ECIs should discontinue use of water fountains

We continue to encourage the public to visit the MoHW website and the ECC website for more information.