Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Parent Communication

FocusArea of considerationRecommendation
ChildrenAttendance    Families will be allocated  separate drop off/collection doors/times.Parents are to demonstrate social distancing at all times. A member of staff will be outside to welcome children and take the register. We will not be taking temperatures of children on arrival but will ask parents to monitor their children’s temperatures and  health conditions.  Parents must inform a member of staff if any child has taken any form of paracetamol or ibuprofen and  will not be allowed into nursery for 48hours after symptoms have ended.Only children who are symptom free or have completed the required isolation period will attend the setting.  If clinical advice is needed, the setting staff,  parent or guardian should go online to NHS 111 (or call 111 if they don’t have internet access)Please do not allow children to bring toys, teddys or blankets (or similar) to nursery.Staff will take children on arrival at the setting to wash their hands thoroughly, this will continue throughout the day  when changing rooms and before eating, after coughing, using the toilet or when visibly dirty.Everyone should encourage children to avoid touching their face, eyes, nose and mouth.Any child who has been told to shield or who is clinically vulnerable or live in a household with  someone who has been advised to shield or is clinically vulnerable cannot attend the setting, as we cannot expect children to socially distance.Only parents who are symptom free and or have completed the required isolation periods will be able to drop off or collect their child.Aim to limit drop off and pick up to 1 adult per family where possible.  Parents are to leave promptly and move away from the nursery boundaries whilst maintaining social distancing guidelines.
Physical distancing/ groupingChildrens sessions will be organised into small groups of attendance, wherever possible these small groups or “bubbles” should not mix during the week.Care routines including provision of snacks should be within the space allocated to each “bubble” wherever possible.The use of communal internal spaces should be restricted as much as possible.Outdoor spaces should be used by different “bubbles” at different times of the day.Return will be gradual with priority given to school leavers and vulnerable learners.
Play and LearningResources will be minimised to those which can be cleaned effectively and rotated.Children will continue to learn through play.All activities will be risk assessed and due consideration given to any adaptations to usual practice.
Childrens Wellbeing and educationChildren should be supported in developmentally appropriate ways to understand the steps they can take to keep themselves safe including regular hand washing and sneezing into a tissue.Children may need reassurance to return back to nursery, but must be encouraged to walk in without parents.
WorkforceAttendanceStaff will only attend the nursery if they are symptom free, have completed the required isolation period or achieved a negative test result.All staff members will receive appropriate instruction and training on infection control and the standard operation procedure and risk assessments within which they will operate.Social distancing must be maintained during breaks.
Food Preparation and meals Tables will be spread out for social distancing.Staff and children MUST wash hands before eating,Staff and children MUST wash hands after eating.
Parents and VisitorsCommunicationParents will receive clear communication regarding the role they play in safe operating procedure and all measures being taken to ensure the safety of their children and themselves.
VisitsAttendance to the setting will be restricted to children and staff as far as practically possible and visitors will not be permitted unless essential.
TravelTransportWherever possible staff and parents should travel to the nursery using their own transport.        If public transport is necessary, current guidance on the use of public transport must be followed.
PPEBoth Workforce and childrenGovernment guidance is that PPE is not required in early years settings..Children whose care routinely already involves the use of PPE due to their intimate care needs will continue to receive their care in the same way.If a child becomes unwell with symptoms of Coronavirus while in the setting and needs direct personal care until they can return home,  a  face mask/shield, disposable gloves and apron will be worn by the supervising adult (from the child’s bubble), if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained.  If a risk assessment determines that there is a risk of splashing to the eyes, for example from coughing, spitting, or vomiting, then eye protection should also be worn.
CleaningUndertake regular cleaningWe have an enhanced cleaning schedule that will be implemented that includes furniture, surfaces and children’s toys and equipment (see below for further information).Toilets will be cleaned twice during each session (or more if needed) using standard cleaning products, and sprayed with disinfectant after each use. All high-contact surfaces, including touch points and hand washing facilities, tables, door handles and light switches will be disinfected regularly throughout the daily.Toys will be cleaned at the end of each day, and any toys that are not easily disinfected will be put away until the end of the Coronavirus pandemic.Staff electronics such as tablets and computers will be disinfected before and after use. In order to complete this enhanced cleaning schedule we will ask all children to be picked up on time.

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