COVID-19

Covid 19 Policy and procedures

It is our policy to keep children safe when they are in our care. It is also our intention to accommodate each family’s needs to the best of our ability.

During the Covid 19 pandemic, the following policy and procedures will be put into place until further notice. This will be reviewed on a regular basis.

We are working to the guidelines set out by DofE, Gov.uk, the NHS and our local authority.

Symptoms: 

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • A new continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • A loss or change to sense of smell or taste 

If your child or anyone else in your household displays any of the symptoms above, then that person must stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14 day period starts from the day when the first person in the household became ill. For further information on isolation, please refer to the Gov.uk website.

If a child has symptoms of coronavirus while at pre school:

  • Child to be isolated with one member of staff, preferably outside or next to a window. Staff to wear PPE and parents telephoned to collect immediately. Advise parents to get their child tested.
  • Contact Debbie Hayley (early years advisor)
  • Deep clean and do not allow child back until test result is received, only if negative.
  • Carry on with deep cleaning, handwashing etc.
  • If the test is positive we will be contacted by the “test and trace” team and pre school will be closed for 14 days and anyone who has been in close contact with the child will need to self isolate for 14 days.
  • If the test is negative and the child is symptom free/no longer ill they can return to pre school.
  • If anyone else then displays symptoms they must be advised to get tested immediately and if positive isolate for a further 7 days or until symptom free.
  • Note* the 14 day period within a household will not increase. It will only increase if you then get a positive result, for example on day 13 – then add 7 days on.

If anyone in the household starts displaying these symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the 14 day isolation period.

From the 28th May 2020, the government introduced the new Test and Trace strategy, whereby if anyone you know has tested positive for Covid 19, and you have been in contact with them, you will be contacted by the test and trace team and will be required to self-isolate for 14 days, even if you have no symptoms. By returning to pre school you understand that your details maybe passed on to test and trace should it be necessary as per government guidelines. Test and trace does not require permission for this as it is covered by the legal basis of GDPR.

Arrival to pre school:

Children to be dropped off at the main gate on car park. Parents/carers are advised to wear face coverings if possible, and ensure social distancing while waiting and use the marked arrows around the car park. Children will wash their hands on entering pre school and lunch bags will be handed to staff and sprayed with disinfectant. Children will be split into their registration groups and split again if needed due to numbers. 

During pre school:

Children will be encouraged to play outside wherever possible; doors and windows will be kept open. Children will be discouraged from hugging their friends, putting objects into their mouths. Children will be supervised when washing hands and do this before and after café, after using the toilet, before and after lunch club and at frequent intervals during sessions.  Equipment used will be mainly plastic that will be cleaned throughout the day, touch points wiped, books on a rota each week so will be isolated for 7 days before being used. Children will be spaced out during café and eating with 2 per table.
There is antibacterial hand gel located throughout the setting for staff to use if they are unable to wash their hands.
Staff are to use PPE provided.
Staff are to social distance where possible.
A Covid 19 risk assessment is in place and adhered to.
We are not allowing visitors to enter the preschool building, but there is a QR track and trace code in place if we had to authorise any visitors entering

Collection from pre school:

Parents will be required to wait at main gate, Parents/carers are advised to wear face coverings if possible, and ensure social distancing while waiting and use the marked arrows around the car park. 

Staff:

Staff will arrive in their own clothes and change before commencing work and change at end of day. Staff will wash hands on arrival and during the session. Staff will maintain social distancing with other staff and are aware of the procedures should they show any symptoms. If one of their household members is tested they should self-isolate until the results come back, and if these are positive they should remain self-isolating for 14 days. Staff will receive SSP if they are having to self-isolate due to a positive case within their household.