Covid-19: First babies returned “quiet” to daycare in Porto – Actualidade


“They arrived quite calmly. The children surprise us in the adaptation issue, although we had done previous work in online sessions, namely with the educators ”, in order to establish“ this bridge ”and“ deconstruct the question of the mask ”, explained the psychologist from O Pacifier.

These previous sessions, carried out in collaboration with the parents, also served “so that they would not lose their relationship with the educator and other employees and so that they could recall positive images associated with the school,” said Diana Monteiro Vilhena.

For the psychologist it is “fundamental to reconcile safety, which now needs to be reinforced, according to the General Directorate of Health (DGS), with the pedagogical and emotional component that is extremely important for them. There needs to be a balance between the two situations, ”he added.

Maria do Céu Teixeira, from the school board, said that during this first week the number of babies will be around 10, but that it will increase gradually, until the beginning of June, when it is predicted “the return of practically all the boys , with the exception of two or three who will return only in September ”.

“There were altered routines, namely a greater number of employees receiving children in their rooms, but also at sleep time, at recess and in the cafeteria, for example. The capacity will be only one group at a time. When the child enters the room, he has disinfection of his feet and taps and when he goes out to recess we have disinfected carpets to enter the clean area ”, maintained the responsible.

He stressed that coexistence will be “as much as possible” restricted to the group to which they belong and that there will be “three groups of toys, which will be cleaned and exchanged throughout the day”.

“We had some training actions and we have a practical guide that Social Security and DGS sent that we are putting in place. The most difficult issue will be the distance, which is very complicated at ages like this. It is impossible, even because socialization is part of education and we encourage it ”, he said.

Maria do Céu Teixeira also said that “all the school’s employees did tests for the virus, and all the results were negative”.

“It is a pity that these tests cannot be done with any regularity to make us all more relaxed”, he lamented.

The mothers with whom Lusa spoke, when delivering their babies, were also “calm” and “confident” in the conditions that the school offers.

“I think we have to go back to normal at some point, we will have to learn to live with this for a long time and I think the school has the necessary conditions for them to return,” said Joana Neves, mother of a two-year-old boy.

Without any fear, Joana Neves added: “I have another son at home, four years old, who only comes in June. I thought this one should come now because they need these routines and this interaction with the boys ”.

Also Mara Carvalho, mother of a 19-month-old girl, said that the option to bring her baby had to do with work, even when she was at home.

“It is not the same thing to work with her at home. Working with a 19-month-old baby is working half the time, and then because I think she also needs to live with her colleagues, ”he said.

He was also “confident” that the school will take all precautions. “The number of people my baby will live with is still small, we are starting little by little,” he added.

It has now been two months since children and students in primary and secondary education started taking distance classes, imposed by the Government as a way of trying to contain the covid-19 pandemic, which has already caused more than a thousand deaths in Portugal.

The daycare directors know that most children will not return today, but they guarantee that the establishments are prepared to receive them: with circulation corridors, with fewer children per room or with more moments of cleaning spaces and toys.

The opening of the pre-school, Leisure Activities and day care centers is scheduled for June 1st (after the period started today, when there is still the option of maintaining support for the family if the parents decide to stay at home).

Globally, according to a report by the AFP news agency, the covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 313,500 deaths and infected more than 4.6 million people in 196 countries and territories.

More than 1.6 million patients were considered cured.

In Portugal, 1,218 people out of 29,036 confirmed as infected died, and there are 4,636 recovered cases, according to the Directorate-General for Health.

The Government approved on Friday new measures that come into force today, including the resumption of visits to the users of nursing homes, the reopening of daycare centers, face-to-face classes for the 11th and 12th year and the reopening of some street shops, cafes, restaurants, museums, monuments and palaces.

The return of community religious ceremonies is scheduled for May 30 and the beaches will open for June 6.


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