Covid-19

Attendance

  • All eligible children are encouraged to attend, where there are no shielding concerns, starting with our older children who are going to school in September 2020
  • All vulnerable children are encouraged to attend where it is appropriate for them to do so and this will be informed by an individual  statutory risk assessment 
  • We aim to keep siblings in the same “bubble” to  minimise the risk of more than one bubble becoming isolated 
  • We aim to keep children who attend other early years provisions together in the same “bubble”
  • Only children who are symptom free or have completed the required isolation period can attend the setting
  • Children MUST not attend if they are unwell
  • Parents will be notified of action to take if a child shows symptoms of COVID-19

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings

Social Distancing

  • Children will be organised into small groups known as “bubbles”
  • Each “bubble” will have their own set of stationery resources and a guide to the structure of the day
  • Care routines, including food, nappy changing and toileting, shall take place within the space allocated to each “bubble”
  • We will remind children not to hug, hold hands or share cups
  • Outdoor shared spaces shall be used by different “bubbles” at different times of day
  • Only those who are symptom free and have completed the required isolation periods will be able to drop off or collect their child
  • Only one adult per child is to drop off/collect their child from pre-school premises 
  • Clear drop-off / collection spacing according to current social distancing guidance (2m)
  • We shall stagger drop off and collection times

Travel

  • Wherever possible, parents and carers shall travel to the pre-school alone
  • If public transport is necessary, current guidance on the use of public transport shall be followed
  • Follow current social distancing guidance (2m clearance) when travelling on foot, by bike or using public transport
  • Travel accessories, including buggies, car seats, bikes and scooters CANNOT be left at the setting
  • Outings from the setting into the community shall be restricted and will only take place if there is no risk of mixing with the general public

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers 

Handwashing

  • Hand washing facilities with soap, hot water and paper towels are in place
  • Stringent hand washing procedures are in place https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/
  • 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-!9 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 

 

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