So today I have received a call from the childcare centre my kid attends, informing me that little rug rat has a bit of a snotty nose "with a bit of green", and will have to be picked up and taken for a COVID test, then given a doctor's clearance AND brought back only once runny nose is gone.
While I understand the concern childcare centres have at the moment about the pandemic, expectation for the child's runny nose to stop before they are returned to the centre seems like an overkill. Especially since my kid has a diagnosed dust mite allergy, and they have already proven in the past no to control dust in their centre that well.
In addition, they will ofc keep charging us every day's fee, while he does not attend.
State government's Education website indeed states the following:
Children with any signs of unwellness should stay home.
Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 such as a fever or respiratory symptoms should have a COVID-19 test and self-isolateExternal link until a negative result is received and symptoms have cleared.
In my eyes, my centre is stretching the definition of "and symptoms have cleared" quite a bit to include a runny nose in a toddler.