A message from the CEO

Needless to say, the past month, and recent weeks and days have certainly been, and continue to be, a challenging time for us all.

Together with the rest of the world, as BCYF adapts to what is becoming our ‘new normal’, it is timely to reinforce BCYF’s vision of “a community where people are safe, connected and empowered to live well”.  This vision has never been more relevant than it is today.

In this current environment of COVID-19, the health of BCYF employees, service users and the wider community remains our top priority.  BCYF remains open for business and is continuing to provide services to our clients, albeit that we are doing this in a more remote way and by allowing our staff to work from home where possible. There are, of course, inevitable changes being implemented in the way BCYF delivers these services given that many of our clients do rely on, and respond to, that personal contact.

The BCYF executive team has initiated a COVID-19 Governance Group and from which we have commissioned a series of steps to manage staff wellbeing and service delivery throughout the period that COVID-19 is active. The ‘BCYF (COVID-19) Governance Group’ continues to meet daily via video-conference to consider the latest public health advice, the wellbeing of our staff, the status of our services, and any related issues as they arise.

At all times, BCYF will be guided by the advice of our State and Commonwealth Public Health experts, noting that, where this may be at odds, the State advice and jurisdiction will take precedent. In response to the latest advice from both the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments, BCYF is incrementally activating its business continuity plan. As touched on above, we have commenced the final stages of rolling out measures to enable staff who are able to work from home to do just that. We are also actively moving towards delivering primarily phone-based services delivered by staff located remotely (in their homes) wherever it is deemed safe and practical to do so. Our various work sites, therefore, are also being rearranged and consolidated where possible, and this will be complemented by appropriate external signage at each site. Further details will be provided on our webpage as details are confirmed.

Additionally, holidays have been brought forward for BCYF’s Kindergartens. Term 1 concluded at the end of session on Monday, March 23, 2020, but noting that Wydinia Early Learning Centre in Colac remains open. Educators at BCYF’s kindergartens will provide families with ideas and activities to continue children’s engagement in play-based learning while at home, and BCYF will continue to communicate with parents and caregivers as further developments and advice is received.

Finally, I want to recognise and acknowledge our BCYF workforce. I must say how impressed I have been with the BCYF staff response to the current changes and their continued focus on maintaining services in support of the BCYF Vision. I remain most grateful to each and every one of our staff for their work efforts, understanding and flexibility at this time. This is a meaningful demonstration of our BCYF values and of their character and resilience.

I will continue to keep you informed on BCYF’s service response to the Coronavirus as it evolves over the coming weeks and, if required, months.

In the meantime I would urge you to continue to look after yourself and others during this challenging time, and I thank you for your continued support of BCYF.

Sandy Morrison

Where can I get further information about COVID-19?

The Australian Government Health Information Line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 1800 020 080.

The Victorian Government Coronavirus hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 1800 675 398.

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