Category Archives: covid-19

Support Material for Young Children About Covid

We hope you are all doing well, and are still having fun.

The Australian Childhood Foundation website has plenty of covid-19 related resources for families, including social stories to help explain covid-19, mask-wearing, and beating lockdown-boredom for children and to help them manage any worries they might have. There are activities and posters you can download too.

Their Activity Alphabet has good stay-at-home acitivity ideas too.

You can also download the story of Edna-May. It is a true story about an Australian lady, now over 100 years old, who was four years old at the time of the Spanish flu. (Story suitable for 3-6 year olds.)

Enormous List of Helpful Links During Covid

A big bunch of flowers are due to the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) for putting together this enormous list of helpful information and links, for the multicultural communities in Canberra during lockdown. Here is everything you want to know about where to get info on:
– Covid-19, Testing and Vaccination
– Health Services
– Media and Radio
– Food Relief
– Refugee Support
– Housing Support
– Domestic Violence & Women’s Support
– Renting
– Financial Support, Paying Energy Bills, and Utilities Concessions
– Transport
– Mental Health
– Disability Help
– Legal Aid

COVID-19 Information

The ACT is in lockdown. You need to stay at home.

Only leave your home for essential reasons.

Find out more:


Interpreter and translator services for health

ACT Health Directorate and Canberra Health Services offers interpreting and translating services through the national Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS).

It’s important to have health information checked by an accredited interpreter in emergency situations.

For help from an interpreter, please call the free TIS on 131 450.

See also: Need an interpreter? (ACT Health)


Other health links:


COVID-19 Testing

See where you can get a COVID-19 test in the ACT.

People who need to be prioritised in the testing queue or who are genuinely unable to leave their homes to be tested should call 02 6207 7244.


Vaccination

Book your COVID-19 vaccination here.

At Home Vaccination Options: If someone needs vaccinations at home because they have a disability which makes it hard for them to leave their home, call 02 5124 7700 and choose option 3.

National COVID-19 vaccine helpline – 1800 020 080: This line operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Health Services

Changes to your visit to ACT Health Facilities – 12 August 2021 (ACT Health).

ACT Health Facilities: The following measures have been put in place for all facilities:

  • Visitor restrictions – visitors will only be allowed in exceptional circumstances such as end-of-life care, birthing or paediatric care.
  • Non-essential and non-urgent clinics are reducing work. At this stage surgery, including elective surgery, has not been altered, however, this may change. Read more about changes in non-urgent and outpatient care.
  • Telehealth to be considered, where possible.

Doctor and other health appointments through telehealth: Telehealth is health care that happens over the phone or online. Telehealth is available on Medicare until 31 December 2021. Find out more: Telehealth fact sheet (pdf) – by Health Care Consumers Association.

NSW Southern Region patient exemptions – what you need to know (ACT Health)

Medicine home deliveries:


Media

Find free COVID news here:


Radio

  • Check the CMS radio station program for radio programs in your language. CMS also regularly broadcasts the Coronacast radio program in English.
  • Transforming Perceptions: Radio program with a Mental Health and CALD focus. Currently provides service information during COVID-19 lockdown. 2.00pm-3.30pm, Saturdays, on 2XX FM Radio 98.3.

Food Relief

Emergency Food Relief – call 1800 43 11 33, 9am-5pm: Anyone in Canberra who is greatly affected by the lockdown and is unable to feed themselves or their family should call 1800 43 11 33. A volunteer will deliver food to you. The volunteer can’t enter your home, so they will leave the food on the doorstep after a knock at the door.

Emergency relief information guides: Volunteering ACT have information on free meals, laundry, showers and emergency relief services.

Emergency Relief Support: Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services (MARSS) is providing emergency financial and food relief to anyone in financial distress, who lives in: ACT and surrounding regions (including Southern Highlands, Queanbeyan, Cooma, Bega, etc). Relief includes supermarket vouchers, culturally appropriate food hampers and essential home items. MARSS can also support anyone in financial distress. Call 02 6248 8577.

Communities@Work community pantries at Tuggeranong and Gungahlin are operating with limited hours. Please call 02 6293 6500 for more information.

Community Services #1 Food Pantry is open by appointment. Call 1800 960 938.

UnitingCare Kippax provide emergency material and financial aid (EMFA), including food, hygiene products and prescription support. Open Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm. Address: Corner of Luke Street and Hardwick Crescent, HOLT. Phone: 02 6254 1733.

Anglicare and Anglicare partner Emergency Food Relief Services are OPEN during lockdown. No appointments needed. We will update the community immediately if we need to make changes to our open days and times:

  • ST JOHN’S CARE (Anglicare Partner)
    45 Constitution Avenue, Reid
    9.30am-2.00pm, Monday to Friday
    02 6248 7771
  • GORDON COMMUNITY CENTRE
    110 Lewis Luxton Avenue, Gordon
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 10.00am-3.00pm
    02 6284 7003
  • THE JUNCTION YOUTH HEALTH SERVICE – 12-25 year-olds only
    30 Scott’s Crossing, Canberra City
    9.30am and 5.00pm, Monday-Friday
    Call to arrange a delivery of food
    02 6232 2423
  • ARAWANG EMERGENCY RELIEF HUB
    Corner Marconi Cres & Kett Street, Kambah
    9.30am-12.30pm, Mondays only
    0491 605 086

Support for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services (MARSS) provides:

  • Casework, counselling and emergency relief support over the phone, 9.00am – 5.00pm, Monday – Friday. Call 02 6248 8577.
  • MARSS’ Civic office is open 10.00am – 4.00pm, Monday – Friday. But during lockdown please call 02 6248 8577 before visiting.
  • MARSS Belconnen office is closed, and all classes, workshops and group activities suspended. Some activities continue online.

Multicultural Hub Canberra provides services to support migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in the community. During lockdown they can help with mental health support, advocacy, referrals and online activities. The offices are closed. Phone 02 6100 4611, email info@mhub.org.au or contact through the Multicultural Hub Canberra Facebook page.

Companion House is now open Monday – Friday, 10am to 5pm. Call 02 6251 4550 to make an appointment before you come in. Please do not come in if you have cold or flu symptoms without calling first.

  • Medical services are open (mainly by phone). Ring if you need an appointment.
  • Counselling services are by phone until further notice. Your counsellor will be in regular contact with you by phone. (translation services available for counselling calls).
  • Emergency relief is open.
  • All other services are stopped for now.

Housing and Community Supports

OneLink provides information on support services in the ACT, including services for: families and young people, people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Operating Hours: Monday – Friday, 8.00am – 6.00pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 12.30pm – 5.00pm. Call 1800 176 468 or go to: www.onelink.org.au.


Domestic Violence & Women’s Supports

If you or people you care for are in danger because of domestic and family violence during lockdown – call the police on 000.

Domestic Violence Crisis Service: Call 62 800 900. Can provide 24/7 crisis line help. Also: face to face intervention, safety planning and emergency accommodation.

For Domestic Violence Support if you live outside of the ACT – call 1800-RESPECT.

Ways to increase safety during Covid-19 – with easy English version (pdf), by Domestic Violence Crisis Service.

Canberra Rape Crisis Centre (CRCC): Crisis Phone Line: 02 6247 2525, 7am-11pm.


Advice for Renters

Renters: People who rent their home can negotiate rent repayment plans with their landlord.  The Renting Book (pdf) has information for renters about their rights and obligations under their tenancy agreement.

Tenants’ advice: For advice about renting, contact the Tenants’ Advice Service provided by Legal Aid ACT. Call 1300 402 512 or visit the Tenancy Advice Service website.


Financial Support and Information

Let your bank know if you are experiencing financial hardship and need help with: everyday banking, your home loan and/or hardship support. To find your bank’s contact details and understand what options are available go to: Financial Assistance Hub (Australian Banking Association).

Services Australia Service Centres are still open. Services Australia ask people to use the Services Australia website or to phone. If that is not an option, you can visit a Services Australia office between 8.30am – 4.30pm.

COVID-19 Disaster Payment: Canberrans unable to earn an income during the lockdown may be able to access the Australian Government’s COVID-19 Disaster Payment (the information can be found in various languages). Read more about getting help during coronavirus (language options available). Services Australia also has a Multilingual Phone Service.

Financial support to isolate while waiting for a test result: ACT Government COVID-19 Test Hardship Isolation Payment (pdf): A payment of $270 will be made to eligible workers who isolate while awaiting their COVID 19 test result. This payment covers up to three days in isolation. A range of eligibility criteria apply. Apply for the isolation payment here.

Support if you have COVID-19, are a close contact, or have to care for someone with COVID-19: The COVID-19 Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is available if an individual has been directed by ACT Health to self-isolate or quarantine and has no sick leave entitlements, including pandemic sick leave, personal leave or leave to care for another person. Other eligibility criteria apply. This $1,500 payment is accessed through Services Australia. We understand applications can only be made over the phone or by completing the claim form here.

Centrelink debt raising and new debt recovery has been paused during lockdown. Mutual obligation requirements have been temporarily paused for job seekers and participants in the ACT.

Small business support: If you are small business owner with financial difficulties you can contact the Small Business Support Line on 1800 413 828Interpreters are available.

Canberra Sex Workers can apply for the Emergency Relief Fund with the Scarlet Alliance here: COVID-19 Impact and Response for Sex Workers (scarletalliance.org.au).

ACT Rates deferral assistance: A temporary deferral of rates payment is available to eligible homeowners experiencing financial hardship because of the current ACT COVID-19 lockdown. Apply for rates deferral here.

Financial Counselling: Care’s financial counselling program provides a free, confidential and independent services in Canberra to assist people experiencing financial difficulty.


Having trouble paying your energy bill or keeping your home warm?

If you are having trouble paying your energy bill, contact your electricity and/or gas retailer to see what supports are available. Energy retailers are required to provide certain supports for customers experiencing hardship. During the ACT lockdown energy businesses are also expected to:

  1. Offer all residential and small business consumers who indicate they may be in financial stress a payment plan or hardship arrangement
  2. Not disconnect any residential or small business consumers who may be in financial stress (including residential and small business consumers in an embedded network) without their agreement
  3. Defer referrals of residential and small business consumers to debt collection agencies for recovery actions or credit default listing.

Also, check if you are eligible for the Utilities Concession. If you hold an ACT Service Access Card you are eligible for this concession.

If you are in debt or can’t pay your energy and/or other bills you can call the National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007Interpreters are available.

If you can’t keep your home warm, look at the Actsmart programs, including:

You can also check with your energy retailer about what support they can provide to help improve the energy efficiency of your home.


Utilities Concession

The Utilities Concession covers electricity, natural gas, water and sewerage and is calculated on a daily basis, with rates depending on the season. The concession is available on the principal place of residence only and the account must be in the cardholder’s name. Only one Utilities Concession per eligible household can be claimed.

The Utilities Concession is also available to eligible residents of ACT caravan parks and retirement villages with embedded electricity networks. The Concession will be paid directly to eligible residents rather than as a reduction applied to utility bills. Please contact the ACT Revenue Office directly.

From 1 July 2021, the annual concession amount will permanently increase to $750.

In the 2021-22 financial year an additional $50 rebate will also be provided to eligible households, resulting in a total concession of $800.

The ACT Government is also permanently extending the assistance provided under the Utilities Concession to eligible asylum seekers who hold an ACT Service Access Card from 1 July 2020.

Who is eligible? Eligible applicants must be the primary holder of one of the following concession cards:

  • Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card (PCC).
  • Centrelink Low Income Health Care Card (HCC).
  • Veteran’s Affairs Pensioner Concession Card or Gold Card Holders (Prisoner of War, War Widow or Totally Permanently Incapacitated (TPI) Embossed).
  • ACT Service Access Card.

Find out more about the Utilities Concession.


Transport

Updated bus timetable during lockdown: There is a different bus timetable at the moment. See Transport Canberra or call 13 17 10.


Mental Health and Wellbeing

ACT Health COVID-19 Mental Health page.

Mental health resources in different languages by the Transcultural Mental Health Centre, NSW.

School psychologists: ACT Education’s Central Telehealth School Psychology Service is provides telehealth sessions to any public school student and their family. Call 02 6205 1559, 9am-4.30pm, to arrange an appointment, or book a School Psychology Service Telehealth session online.

Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing NewsByte – 13 August 2021: This has mental health resources, phone support services, links for translating ACT Government website COVID resources, and domestic violence resources.

Mental Health Foundation ACT: Our office in Chifley is closed but if you need help email info@mhf.org.au or call 0438 207 798. There are many different ways we can provide our participants support so we urge everyone to stay connected and continue with your supports.

Parentline ACT provides free telephone counselling services for parents in Canberra and surrounding areas. Call 02 6287 3733. Open 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Translation services are available.

Lifeline Canberra supports people in crisis, including those experiencing thoughts of suicide. Highly skilled volunteers provide 24/7 support. Call 13 11 14.


Disability

COVID-19 Information for National Disability Insurance Scheme participants: For participants – coronavirus (COVID-19) | NDIS . This information also available in 12 languages: ArabicChinese (Simplified)Chinese (Traditional)Filipino (Tagalog)FrenchGreekHindiItalianMacedonianSamoanSpanish, and Vietnamese.

For a free interpreter call 131 450 (NDIS participants only).

Lockdown information for people with disability and carers: ACT Government has provided information for people with disability and their carers during lockdown.

Disability Information Helpline – 1800 643 787: Monday – Friday, 8am-8pm, Saturday – Sunday, 9am-7pm. The Australian Government has established a Disability Information Helpline. The helpline is not available on national public holidays.

COVID Preparedness Guide (pdf):This is a guide helps people with disability to get facts about COVID-19 and make a plan for how they will cope. Request a hard copy via email: covidprep@carersact.org.au

[New!] COVID 19 Resources in Easy English (also has some information in sign language): Support for People with Disability (ACT Community Services Directorate)

[New!] The Department of Health will have a webinar on the COVID-19 vaccine for people with intellectual disability and their carers. 11.00am – 12.00pm, Wednesday 1 September 2021. Register for the webinar.


Legal

Legal Aid ACT has a community Liaison Unit which has two culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) liaison officers, one disability justice liaison officer and two Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander liaison officers and male and female family violence officers to assist people with non-legal and legal issues. Call 02 6243 3411 and ask to be put through.

Care Consumer Law COVID-19 factsheets include information on:


Explaining the Pandemic and Covid Testing to Children

There is a superb book for children about coronavirus and the pandemic, covering lockdowns and all sorts of great topics here. Even if you don’t want to purchase the book, you can use the “Take a Look Inside” link on that page. Switch the view to full screen view and read it on screen together with your child.

Order the book or view it online here.

NSW Health has resources for children, with videos about covid-19, a fact sheet about supporting your child if they need a covid test, and a downloadable photo-story-booklet for children to prepare them for a covid test. There are also short videos of children getting answers from doctors about covid-related questions.

Download your copy here

Spielwelt During Canberra Lockdown 2021

Spielwelt is putting its programs on pause during the ACT lockdown. We plan to reopen when ACT public schools reopen for all children.

Already counting the days in lockdown? Here are the many Spielwelt remote learning pages with lots of activity ideas suitable for young children learning or maintaining German at home.

For Spielwelt the situation is as follows:

1. Schlaumaeuse will put its sessions on hold from 5pm on Thursday 12 August 2021 and will resume when ACT public schools reopen for all children. Families will not be charged for sessions we cancel, and payments they have already made will be attributed to their next term’s fees. Any unused fees at the end of the year will be refunded.

2. Pfadfinder will cease meeting face to face from Thursday 12 August 2021. If the lockdown goes beyond 20 August, there will be occasional activity ideas by email for Joeys and Cubs; and weekly online meetings / activities for Scouts and Venturers. Re fees: Even if the lockdown is protracted, unfortunately your annual fees are not refundable as the majority of the fee amount has already been paid directly to the Branch office for insurance and membership to the Scout Association. We will surely make it up to you when we return to face-to-face meetings, with lots of our great Pfadfinder programs.

3. Spiel und Spass and Spiel und SPORT playgroups will put their sessions on hold from Thursday 12 August and will resume meeting when restrictions allow. If the restrictions allow outdoor gatherings, we will do that at our regular venue or local playgrounds.   If the restrictions don’t allow meeting even after 3 weeks (ie beyond 2 September 2021), the committee will advise families about a partial fee refund policy.

4. The German Australian Playschool is on pause from 3:30pm on Thursday 12 August 2021. The GAP will reopen as soon as ACT public schools are open for all children or when the government directs us to open. If the lockdown is extended by more than a few weeks, and you’ve been through all the Spielwelt remote learning pages, teachers may prepare further online support material for families with activities, songs, videos, ideas and tips to help families offer GAP-at-home for their children. Families will not be charged for sessions we cancel, and payments they have already made will be attributed to their next term’s fees. Any unused fees at the end of the year will be refunded.

Everyone stay healthy and sing along:  Haende waschen, Haende waschen (even if your towel is gone, like in the song!)

Office for Hire During COVID

If you need a quiet private office (that isn’t in your own home) during the COVID school closures, check this out!

The Turner Scout Hall (at 11 Masson Street, in Haig Park, Turner ACT) has two single offices available now for hire until ACT schools open again.  

You can hire one of our offices on a daily basis ($50/day) or a weekly basis ($200/week).  No need to go into a long term contract with a commercial venue. 

There will be a maximum of two people in the building at once, and you will be in your own private office.

You get:
* peace and quiet (brick walls, triple glazed windows, quiet location)
* your own private office, about 3x4m
* a computer with Windows 10 and Office 2019
* internet access (3G via Wi-Fi)
* a desk and chair
* heating and cooling
* access to a shared fully equipped kitchen
* access to your own private toilets
* on-site secure parking
* a pleasant view of the greenery of Haig Park through your windows
* weekly cleaning of the venue

You provide:
* your own laptop (if you wish) and files
* your own phone

Interested?  Email  gap.director@spielwelt.org.au  or  turner.scout.hall.hire@spielwelt.org.au

We are Back

Thanks everyone, for your patience during the COVID-19 pause.

We are returning to operations, with increased hygiene protocols, as follows:

GAP: Monday 18 May 2020
Schlaumaeuse: Wed 3 June 2020
Spiel und Spass: Wed 24 June 2020
Pfadfinder: Monday 20 July 2020

The maximum occupancy in our hall, at 4 sqm per person, is as follows:

main hall: 21 people
large (east) foyer: 10 people
kitchen: 3 people
quiet room: 4 people
and if we spread into the smaller rooms and washrooms, the max is 51 people in the building (not including the storage sheds, of course)!

At 2 sqm/p, that would be:

main hall: 42 people
large (east) foyer: 20 people
kitchen: 6 people
quiet room: 8 people

sniffles and coughs: When Is It Okay To Come Back?

The health advice is clear: stay home if you are sick. This applies equally to adults and children. It applies whether it is a simple cold, flu or the dreaded corona virus.

So, the rules at Spielwelt are:

Stay home if you are sick. Even if it is just a cold.

You can return when you are symptom-free.

The only exception is for a lingering dry unproductive cough IF it has been 14 days since your cold started AND all the other cold/flu symptoms have cleared up.

How long do you need to stay away from playgroup, playschool or scouts though?

We have sought advice from our resident doctor and infectious diseases expert to help us all clarify when children with sniffles or coughs can return to their groups.  His advice is paraphrased here:

The short answer is that people can be infectious while they have symptoms. … In most cases, children will be infectious for around 5-7 days (but perhaps up to 2 weeks). Even after people have recovered, some may have a persistent cough for quite a while. This is usually not because they are still in any way infectious, more a reflex to the damage done to the airways that causes them to be extremely susceptible to any kind of irritation. More information about catching and caring for colds can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/common-cold/

Why do I need to keep my child home when it is just a cold?

Whenever a simple cold spreads to other children and families or staff members, it means those people then have also to take time off unnecessarily to isolate and get tested for coronavirus.

Do I need a note from the doctor?

There is no requirement from Spielwelt to present evidence that you have been tested for corona virus and returned a negative results in order to start attending sessions again. (Obviously, you should stay home and get tested if you suspect you might have the virus, though!)

It’s just asthma!

Children who have an asthmatic cough can attend, and are likely to have their puffer with them. Asthma is not contagious.

Our apologies and thanks

Sorry to make you stay home when you are busting to join us, folks. We know it is hard, especially for our GAP families needing to get back to work – but you are doing your bit to help protect everyone else and we all appreciate that.  

Save the Date for Lantern Walk 2021

Lantern Walk 2020 was cancelled due to covid… but we are looking forward to 2021.

If you want to practice with your own lantern walk at home, here’s what you’ll need: http://spielwelt.org.au/events/lantern-walk-june/host-your-own-lantern-walk/

If you aren’t on the Spielwelt mailing list, follow our Facebook page to keep apprised of our event announcements.

Next lantern walk is scheduled for:

Saturday 19 June 2021
4:30pm to 6:30pm*
*  or until 8:30pm, for those who wish to stay later for the After Party!  All welcome!

Here’s more info about our Lantern Walk event.

Choc Chip Cookies / Schoko Kekse

Looking for a nice treat? A baking session with your child is always fun.

Here is Gerda’s super easy recipe for chocolate chip banana oatmeal cookies.

They are vegan and gluten-free. The photo above is one Gerda took when she baked these delicious chewy bikkies.

Download the recipe in German (with pictures for children).

If you need to cheat and look at the English version, you can.

While you wait for them to come out of the oven, you could sing along to this traditional German children’s song about baking cakes, which we sing at GAP, called Backe backe Kuchen.

Here’s some handy German vocabulary for any baking session.

Vorbereiten – to prepare

die Schale – bowl
messen – to measure
die Tasse – cup
der Löffel – spoon
der Essöffel (EL) – tablespoon
der Teelöffel (TL) – teaspoon
der Spatel – spatula
der Ofen – oven
backen – bake

Combining ingredients

entrahmen – to cream
mischen – to mix
rühren – to stir
kneten – to knead

Common baking ingredients

die Butter – no prizes for guessing what this is
das Mehl – flour
der Zucker – sugar
das Ei – egg (Eier – eggs)
die Milch – yes that’s right, milk
das Backpulver – baking powder

After baking

putzen – to clean
schmecken – to taste
lecker – yummy, tasty
süβ – sweet

and hopefully you don’t need this word:

gebrannt – burnt!


Get Ready for Mothers Day

Hallo Papa! It’s time to help your child prepare for Mothers’ Day…. and the GAP teachers are hereby offering their loving support for mums and dads to guide you through with craft and breakfast ideas.

Hopefully all GAP children will have received their second envelope in time, as this contains some of the things that Papa and children will find useful in making the following Mothers Day gifts. (If you aren’t enrolled at GAP or your envelope is late arriving, we hope you can find or substitute craft items from home.)

Make a wool-wrapped heart ornament

Here is Gerda’s video to show you how to make a wool-wrapped heart ornament for Mum. You will need a bit of cardboard from home, and there is 4 meters of multi-coloured wool in your GAP envelope for you.

Make a paper flower garden

Lisa3 has provided the complete instructions and materials in your child’s envelope so you can help your child to create a paper flower garden. For non-GAP families, you will need a variety of coloured paper and here are the instructions for you.

Make a beautiful rainbow heart ornament

Here is Gerda’s video to show you how to make a rainbow heart ornament. You will need cardboard, paper and a few colours of paint for this. If you don’t have paint, coloured markers or pencil crayons could do the trick. Or there might be enough coloured paper left over from your paper flower garden.

You can guess at the sizes of hearts or use our handy heart sizes template.

Breakfast in Bed

Here’s a super simple and really cute breakfast idea so children can make something pretty much all by themselves for Mama on Mothers’ Day (and if that goes well, then they can make it on all the other days afterwards!)

This is toast with peanut butter, banana and raisins. I guess the luxury version has almond butter, banana and choc chips. I have it on good authority that Germans love peanut butter though, so go nuts! Serve warm!

Adding a little paper heart (or a small flower from the garden) at the side of the plate will elevate your creation from “breakfast” to “present”.

The response you are looking for from Mum is “Oooh, lecker!” (Oooh, yummy!)

I made this toast teddy for you. By the time I finished uploading the photo, I’d eaten it! Hee hee!

And here’s what to say in German

You’d think “ich liebe dich” would be just perfect… but that’s only used between, well, lovers. You wouldn’t say it to a child, nor would a child say it to their parent. So what CAN you say? Here are some suggestions that won’t raise any German eyebrows:

“Ich hab dich lieb, Mama” or “Mama, Ich hab’ Dich so lieb”

“Alles Gute zum Muttertag” or “Alles Liebe zum Muttertag”

“Mama, Du bist die Tollste von allen!’

“Mama, Du bist wunderbar!” or “Danke Mama, Du bist die Beste!”

“Fuer die beste Mama auf der ganzen Welt!”

Here are some other fun sayings or poems you could make use of.

Happy Mothers Day to all our Spielwelt mums, from the teachers, leaders, committee and director.