• All eligible children are encouraged to attend
  • 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 group  to  minimise the risk of more than one group becoming isolated
  • We aim to keep children who attend other early years provisions together in the same group
  • 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 or have been given Calpol
  • Parent/carer to confirm child is well/healthy at drop off
  • Parents will be notified of action to take if child shows symptoms of COVID-19


Social Distancing

  • 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)
  • Children are organised into groups
  • Each group will have their own designated separate play area, set of stationery resources and a guide to the structure of the day
  • As far as possible, each group shall remain separate from other groups during sessions
  • Care routines including food, nappy changing and toileting shall take place within the space allocated to each group
  • We remind children not to hug, hold hands, share cups
  • Outdoor spaces shall be used by different groups, where possible
  • Staff shall wash their hands after applying sun cream to one child and before moving on to the next


  • 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



  • Hand washing facilities with soap, hot water and paper towels are in place
  • Stringent hand washing procedures 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
  • It is not recommended that children under the age of 11 wear face masks or face coverings in education settings
  • 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
  • Staff classed as clinically extremely vulnerable will wear face coverings or a face shield in communal areas or around other adults if social distancing cannot be maintained

Main symptoms to look out for

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

Responding to a 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 for 10 days). ALL fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days
  • Households to follow latest Government 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

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