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New rules for Denmark’s kindergartens: Three toys per child

New rules for Denmark’s kindergartens: Three toys per child

In Denmark where kindergartens are reopening after virus lockdown, there are new rules to avoid spreading the infection. As The Local Denmark reports, the rules describe what kind of toys kids are able to bring to the kindergarten.

Under new rules, all teddy bears or any other soft uncleanable toys are forbidden so far. Secondly, each child can have just three toys, and there’s a total ban on bringing toys from home. In fact, when Denmark’s youngest generation returned yesterday, a lot had changed.

Even those toys that are left have been radically reduced in number, with each group of five children assigned its own selection, which will be washed every two hours and cannot be used by children outside the group.

The Danish parents have to follow the guidelines from the health care authorities and the municipality. But how they do it in practice is up to them, actually.

Like many børnehave-age children in Denmark, those she looks after bring their own lunch boxes from home. But they have now been banned from sharing any food with their playmates.

The day in the kindergarten starts in a new way, say the teachers. They receive the children outside and then we put them into small groups, and those groups are together for the whole day with the same adults. The idea is understandable: each child is in close contact with only four or five other children and two adults each day.

The recommendation from the Danish Health Authority that children sit at least two metres apart at tables is causing problems. Other workers at børnehave complained that they lacked the staff needed to dress each child themselves at the end of pick-up time, when here is often only one kindergarten teacher left.

Set of new rules in Denmark’s kindergartens

The Danish Health Authority has issued instructions on how schools and daycare institutions should operate to reduce the risk of infections spreading. These include:

  • A recommended floor area of 6m2 per child for nursery and 4m2 per child for kindergarten, meaning some institutions may not be able to accept all children back at first.
  • Children to play with the same small groups of 3-5, mainly outside.
  • Children to sit two metres apart at tables.
  • Food not to be shared.
  • Staff to supervise the children washing their hands at least every two hours, including after coughing or sneezing, before and after food.
  • Regular cleaning, including cleaning toys twice a day, disinfecting surfaces such as taps, toilet flushes, tables, door handles, handrails, light switches twice a day.
  • Staff meetings to be held outside or via telephone/video call.
  • Those that travel on buses provided by daycare, to sit two metres apart. More buses will be provided.
  • Drop off and collection to be done at intervals and if possible outside.