Covid-19

Attendance

  • In line with current Government guidance, all children are encouraged to attend
  • Only children who are symptom free or have completed the required isolation period can attend the setting
  • Only adults who are symptom free and have completed the required isolation periods will be able to drop off or collect their child
  • Children MUST NOT attend if they are unwell (temperature, cough) or have been given Calpol (excludes runny nose, sneezing or sore throat)
  • Parents will be notified of action to take if a child shows symptoms of COVID-19

Travel

  • If public transport is necessary, current guidance on the use of public transport shall be followed
  • Travel accessories, including buggies, car seats, bikes and scooters CANNOT be left at the setting
  • Outings from the setting; all staff on the outing will follow current guidelines for the protection of the spread of Covid-19, and those of the location that they are visiting

Handwashing

  • Hand washing facilities with soap, hot water and paper towels are in place
  • We ensure that all adults and children:
  • frequently wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and dry thoroughly
  • clean their hands on arrival at the setting, before and after eating, and after sneezing or coughing
  • are encouraged not to touch their mouth, eyes and nose
  • use a tissue or elbow to cough or sneeze and use bins for tissue waste (‘catch it, bin it, kill it’)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • As per Government current guidance, PPE is not required for general use in the setting to protect against COVID-19 transmission
  • In line with the Intimate Care policy PPE shall continue to be worn as normal for nappy changing
  • In line with existing policy, appropriate PPE shall be worn for the administration of first aid

Main symptoms to look out for:

Adults:

  • High temperature – feeling hot to touch on chest and back
  • A new, continuous cough – coughing a lot for more than one hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. If you usually have a cough, it may be worse than normal
  • Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Symptoms to look out for in children

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unusual skin rash

Responding to a possible case

  • In the event of a child developing suspected coronavirus symptoms while attending the setting, they should be collected as soon as possible and isolate at home in line with current NHS guidance (self-isolate from day symptoms started + next 10 full days).
  • Households to follow latest Government guidance https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance
  • Whilst waiting to be collected, the child shall be isolated from others in a previously identified room or area. If possible, a window should be opened for ventilation
  • The staff member responsible for the child during this time shall be a staff member from their group
  • The staff member will NOT need to go home unless they develop symptoms

Asymptomatic (rapid lateral flow) testing

  • Do not visit any of the testing sites to collect kits if you develop coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating. If you have COVID-19 symptoms you must not use the symptom-free testing and should book a symptomatic PCR test in the usual way.