Childcare centres behind no jab rule

Nicole SalmeriSouth Western Times

Childcare centres across the South West are backing the State Government’s No Jab, No Play policy which came into effect on Monday.

The policy means any child who is not fully vaccinated can be excluded from being enrolled in childcare services and kindergarten programs.

Goodstart Early Learning centre East Bunbury director Emma Wittek said the move from the State Government would not change the centre’s standards.

“To be honest this doesn’t affect our centre at all, all of our children are immunised,” she said.

“Previously, before that came out, how it impacted our centre was when a child was not immunised, we had exclusion periods.

“If there was a disease that had come into the centre the exclusion period would be a lot longer which means they are not able to attend until whatever illness that was in the centre was well and truly out.”

Ms Wittek said the East Bunbury centre informed families when a child had not yet been vaccinated.

“Families were notified if there was a child that wasn’t immunised,” she said.

“It’s to protect the children and here at the East Bunbury centre we definitely support it.”

Milligan Childcare Centre director Tessa Stewart said the new policy was a positive step forward in child health.

“I think from a childcare perspective it is a good rule to have in place, it is a good legislation,” Ms Stewart said.

“It protects the young children we have here and other people in the community. I think they should have done it sooner really.

“It won’t affect us too much because all of our families are currently up to date with their immunisation, but it is a good rule to have in place for children who are so young and more vulnerable.”

WA Health Minister Roger Cook said “vaccinations save lives”.

“The McGowan Government is committed to improving the health of all Western Australians,” Mr Cook said.

“These legislative changes will align WA with other States and assist to reduce the spread of vaccine-preventable disease within the community.

“These changes will also allow the Department of Health to help those families who have not fully vaccinated their children, by providing support to do so.”

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