Nursery life will feel different and this is expected to be for a while but we have adjusted to this new environment and commenced training our staff with fresher inductions which include the latest Covid 19 operational procedures.
Importance of Hand Washing – Good hygiene and handwashing is essential and very important. We will carry on teaching all of our children the importance of hand washing. We will be using lots of fun experiences to teach them through singing, stories and understanding when they need to wash their hands for example before meal times, after using the bathroom, coming in from the garden
Coronavirus Risk Assessment – We have carried out a comprehensive and thorough risk assessment as required by government due to coronavirus. Ensuring that all of our children’s and staff health and well being is our focus during the return to nursery. Please login into our Parental Login on our website to view Coronavirus Risk Assessment.
Infection Control – We follow strict infection control policy and procedures in all of our settings. Please login into our Parental Login on our website to view our policies and procedures pages to view our updates due to the coronavirus.
Safe Distancing in Nursery – We have implemented new systems for families when dropping off and collecting their children. We have made changes to our indoor and outdoor environments to keep children and staff within a safe distance of each other. Please view our short video on facebook
The following guidance is from the NHS:
Check if you or your child has coronavirus symptoms
If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), get a test as soon as possible. Stay at home until you get the result.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.
What to do if you have symptoms
- If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:
- Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
- Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.
- Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result.
- Get a test to check if you have coronavirus
- Urgent advice:Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you’re worried about your symptoms
- you’re not sure what to do
- Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service
- Call 111 if you cannot get help online. Do not go to places like a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.
Babies and children
- Call 111 if you’re worried about a baby or child under 5.
- If your child seems very unwell, is getting worse or you think there’s something seriously wrong, call 999.
Covid 19 Regulations – 19th July 2021
You will be aware that the Prime Minister has confirmed that the final step of the Government’s coronavirus lockdown-easing roadmap will be going ahead on 19th July. Many of the legal restrictions imposed to control the pandemic will be lifted from this date, but in line with Government guidance, our schools and early years settings will continue to put in place control measures to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19. It is essential that you continue to follow these measures to ensure the safety of your child, the staff, and the wider community.
From the start of the new academic year, some control measures currently in place in all settings will be dropped e.g. keeping children in consistent groups (‘bubbles’). However, if there is a local outbreak, measures may need to be re-introduced for a temporary period in the setting affected.
Frequent and thorough hand cleaning with soap and water or hand sanitiser will continue, as will the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach to respiratory hygiene, and more regular cleaning of areas and equipment.
It will remain essential that children do not come to the setting if they have COVID-19 symptoms, have had a positive test result, or have been told to isolate by NHS Test and Trace for any other reason. If your child develops COVID-19 symptoms during the day, they will be sent home and must follow all relevant public health advice before they can re-attend.
Children with a positive LFD test result should self-isolate in line with the stay at home guidance. They will also need to get a free PCR test to confirm if they have COVID-19. Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the individual should continue to self-isolate. If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive LFD test, and is negative, it overrides the self- test LFD test and the child can return to school or early years setting, as long as they don’t have COVID-19 symptoms.
From 19th July, close contacts will be identified via NHS Test and Trace, which means that early years settings will no longer be expected to undertake contact tracing. As with positive cases in any other setting, NHS Test and Trace will work with the positive case to identify close contacts. Contacts from setting will only be traced by NHS Test and Trace where the positive case specifically identifies the individual as being a close contact.
From 16th August 2021, children under the age of 18 years old and fully vaccinated adults will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. Instead, close contacts will be advised to take a PCR test, and we would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if asked to do so.
The requirement to wear a face covering on the Transport for London network will remain compulsory when the Government’s existing national requirement expires on Monday 19 July, unless you are exempt for age, health and disability reasons.
The delta variant is more transmissible and more likely to result in severe disease. But vaccination, with both doses, continues to provide excellent protection against severe illness. Anyone aged 18 and above is now eligible, and we strongly recommend everyone eligible gets vaccinated, and encourages family and friends to do likewise.
Our setting & childcare staff continue to work very hard to ensure that education is not disrupted. Together, we can protect against the many harms caused by the pandemic including the longer-term impact on the education, wellbeing and wider development of our children and young people.