Covid 19 Operation Procedures 22nd May 2020
Friday,Jun 05, 2020 | 09:06 AM

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

By Email

 

I hope everyone is well.

 

We are really looking forward to welcoming you back.

 

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 procedures for Covid 19 Operation Procedures.

 

The nursery has taken careful measures which are in line with Government Guidelines to keep our key focuses children, parents and staff safe as possible.

 

Arrival at Nursery

 

On arrival to the nursery we would ask you to enter the nursery entrance via the alley way gate entrance. After pressing the buzzer, a staff member with a mask will open the door to meet. While you are waiting please keeps your distance from others entering the nursery. We will ask you to tell us if you or your child or anyone in your household:

 

Had a high temperature? This means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back

Taken any medication such as calpol?

Developed a new, continuous cough? This means coughing a lot more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours

Developed a loss or change to sense of smell or taste anything or things smell or taste different to normal?
 
If you have above symptoms, we cannot accept you into the nursery. Then if can confirm if you or anyone in your house hold are symptom a member of staff will then taken your child into their nursery room.
 
When you leave please walk out via the drop off area. There will be new signs to mark the new entry and exit pathways for the nursery. Please be mindful of keep social distancing when leaving the reception door to exit the building.
 
For anyone who develops symptoms throughout the day we will ensure the following:
 
For Children: They will go into an isolation area in the nursery until they can be collected.
We are mindful of individual children’s needs and it would not leave children alone without adult supervision. A window will be opened for ventilation. You cannot bring your child back until they have been in in self-isolate with your care for seven days.
For staff: They will go home immediately to self-isolate for seven days.
 
We will adjust ratios accordingly to allow for this to happen.
 
Health and Safety
 
We will help your child understand good hygiene and social distancing practices. We will organise children and staff into groups of no more than 10 per room. This is to limit the number of children and staff coming into contact with each other as much as possible.
 
Hygiene
 
Our dedicated member of the team cleans and disinfects surfaces that have been frequently touched throughout the day. For example door handles, tables, light switches. We all know that hand washing is the most effective way to reduce the way of infection so staff and children will wash their hands many times in the day.
 
Curriculum  
 
The daily routine for child will mostly stay the same and will continue to deliver our curriculum which provides each child with appropriate opportunities for learning & development. But there will be difference with are remodelling of class rooms to support social distancing.
 
Close contact with other children
 
Some of our routines and activities have also been reorganised to support in keeping everyone safe. However, we recognise that this represents a challenge to young children who like close contact with adults and other children. We want to reassure you that we won’t stop hugging children when they need a cuddle or some reassurance. In situations where staff had close contact such as nappy changing and bottle feeding they will be wearing protective clothing to keep children and themselves safe.
 
Staff will wear face in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible during breaks or for example on public transport.
 
Collecting your child
 
When you arrive to collect your child you will be asked to wait outside reception and as with our drop off procedure in the morning we ask that you stay 2 meters apart from other adults and children. A member of staff team will collect your child from their room and safely to you.
 

How are you going to manage social distancing?

As most of you are probably aware it is near impossible to expect a child under 5 to socially distance. Throughout the day we will encourage the children to keep apart, where possible. For example, a limited number of children around a table at a time or a space between each child, we will also encourage children to play in as small a group as possible and distance from each other when playing in this group. The children will be in their own ‘social bubbles,’ this means they will only mix with the same group of children whilst at the setting. Joining rooms at the beginning and end of the day will not be permitted. Orange room (4-5) will for the time being, be used as a ‘corridor,’ this is to ensure no children/staff are crossing paths with those who are not part of their ‘social bubble.’

The same member of staff will also be a part of the ‘social’ bubble, staff will not be permitted to leave their room and ‘cover’ another room.

The gardens will be used more frequently (where possible) so we do not reach the maximum number of children per group, per day. We can only allow 10 children per room to allow for social distancing measures. At times we may encourage half of one group of children to play outside and the other inside to maintain social distancing as much as possible.

To avoid too many people entering the setting, for the time being will be having marking on the entrance path, once you reach the main door a member of staff will come and collect them and take them to their room. You will then exit the premises through the carpark. This will all be marked accordingly. We understand that some children may be unsettled the first few weeks upon their return as there have and will be many changes for them however the staff will ensure they are supporting them as much as possible.

How will you ensure it is safe for the children and staff to return?

We have been keeping up to date with all the government advise thus far. This includes a few slight changes within the setting. Firstly, there will be a hand sanitising station outside the setting which we encourage all children and staff to use before entering.

Following the government advice some resources are temporarily on hold, this includes sand and water play. Playdough will be available; however, each child will have their own individual batch which will be placed into a sealable bag after use and they will use their own set of playdough tools. Self-access to resources will not be available, therefore the storage units will be covered/turned around and specific activities will be set out. Once the children are finished playing with them, they will be sterilised and put away and a new activity will be set out. Books will not be accessible to the children; staff will ensure they continue to read stories to the children throughout the day. Soft furnishings must be removed, for example rugs, cushions, teddies etc. Along with any resources that include small, loose parts or anything that can be deemed as hard to clean. Items such as junk modelling and arts and crafts resources that are used throughout the day will be disposed of.

We are limiting the amount of people coming into the setting; therefore, certain members of staff will be return until deemed necessary. Due to this, we are proposing slightly shorter opening hours, this will be decided once we receive all the Parent Surveys back. The proposed shorted hours are to allow us to reduce the number of staff we require in per day.

Hand washing and sanitising will be encouraged throughout the day and as stated above, toys and resources will be sterilised after each use. We will ensure that more frequently touched areas are continuously being sterilised, this includes the buzzers, door handles etc.

Any members of staff who do not feel comfortable returning to work or have any health conditions that concerns their return will be remaining at home. Hand sanitiser, gloves, aprons and all the usual PPE will be available for all staff.

Any child or member of staff that displays any symptoms of COVID-19 will immediately be sent home, any child displaying symptoms will be taken to a different room to isolate where windows will be opened for good ventilation, at no time will your child be left alone. A parent/carer will then be contacted for collection. If someone from a particular social bubble tests positive for COVID-19, everyone in that bubble will then have to isolate.

 

Will staff and children be wearing face masks?

After careful consideration we have decided it is not in the best interests of the children or staff to be wearing facemasks, we believe it will be very unsettling for the children and will not support their communication and language. Face masks will only be worn during intimate care such as nappy changes or if a child requires any first aid treatment.

If a member of staff is travelling via public transport to the setting, we will encourage them to wear a facemask, as advised by the government. 

The member of staff collecting your child from the main door will wear a facemask.

Please read the further guidance on Covid 19 Operations which has put the procedures into three prospective which are our focus, the areas we take into consideration and the actions taken.

 

 

 

 

 

Guidance

 

Focus

Areas for Consideration

Actions

Children

 

Attendance

Parent surveys to confirm attendance to be returned by 28 May 2020.

If your child has pre-existing medical condition a separate risk assessment to be conducted by contact the manager.

If your child is classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, they must not attend the nursery. Please speak to the nursery manager.

Staff and Parents to teach children about COVID 19 virus. Teaching the children about social distancing and proper handwashing.

On arrival confirm if you or your child or anyone in your household:

 

Had a high temperature? This means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back

Taken any medication such as calpol?

Developed a new, continuous cough? This means coughing a lot more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours

Developed a loss or change to sense of smell or taste anything or things smell or taste different to normal?

If you have above symptoms, we cannot accept you into the nursery. Then if can confirm if you or anyone in your household are symptom a member of staff will then take your child into their nursery room

 

If you or child has symptoms of coronavirus, self-isolate for 7 days

You or your child can stop self-isolating if your symptoms have gone, or if you just have a cough or changes to your sense of smell or taste – these symptoms can last for weeks after the infection has gone

keep self-isolating if you or your child have any other symptoms (such as a high temperature, runny nose, feeling sick or diarrhoea) – you can stop self-isolating when your symptoms have gone

 

If you or your child live with someone who has symptoms, self-isolate for 14 days from the day their symptoms started

This is because it can take 14 days for symptoms to appear.

If more than 1 person at home has symptoms, self-isolate for 14 days from the day the first person started having symptoms

 

If you or your child get symptoms while self-isolating.

 

You both should self-isolate for 7 days from when your symptoms started, even if it means both are self-isolating for longer than 14 days

 

If you or your child do not get symptoms while self-isolating you can both stop self-isolating after 14 days.

The government has announced that coronavirus would be made available for all symptomatic children and teachers when we begin to reopen 1 June 2020. If it is a positive result, we will follow our local public health protection team guidance. Staff and children will not be allowed to return they are tested and receive a negative result.

On arrival to the nursery we would ask you to enter the nursery entrance via the alley way gate entrance. Please be mindful of keep social distancing.

After pressing the buzzor a staff member with a mask will open the door to meet. While you are waiting please keeps your distance from others entering the nursery.

When you leave please walk out via the drop off area. There will be new signs to mark the new entry and exit pathways for the nursery. Please be mindful of keep social distancing when leaving the reception door to exit the building.

Staff will use hand gel on your child’s hand before taking them to their room.

Upon arrival in their room your child will be nicely asked to wash their hands for 20 seconds.

Dress your child in fresh daily washed clothing and bring one set of clean clothes that are easy to wash and to change if necessary.   

 

 

Social Distancing and physical distancing

The daily routine for child will mostly stay the same and will continue to deliver our curriculum which provides each child with appropriate opportunities for learning & development. But there will be difference with are remodelling of classrooms to support social distancing.

Older children will be nicely encouraged to not play too close as much as possible.

Our large open gardens will be used more for children to play and children will be spread out in the rooms in smaller groups.

Cots and sleep mats will be appropriately distanced apart.

We will organise children and staff into groups of no more than 10 per room. This is to limit the number of children and staff coming into contact with each other as much as possible.

 

 

Education

We will endeavour to have the same planning recognising personal, social, emotional development and settling important areas but subject to changes required following government guidelines

All childrens needs will continue to be met by staff.

Where possible we teach children about coronavirus sensitively and age appropriately.

Where possible children are encouraged not to touch their face.

Where possible children encouraged to use tissue instead of their hands when sneezing.

 

 

Staff

Attendance

Staff returning to work must take health questionnaire and conduct return to work interview.

Staff classed as clinically extremely vulnerable must not attend nursery.

If staff has symptoms of coronavirus, self-isolate for 7 days

They can stop self-isolating if symptoms have gone, or if they just have a cough or changes to sense of smell or taste – these symptoms can last for weeks after the infection has gone

keep self-isolating if other symptoms (such as a high temperature, runny nose, feeling sick or diarrhoea) – staff can stop self-isolating when symptoms have gone

 

If staff members live with someone who has symptoms, self-isolate for 14 days from the day their symptoms started

This is because it can take 14 days for symptoms to appear.

If more than 1 person at home has symptoms, staff must self-isolate for 14 days from the day the first person started having symptoms.

 

If staff get symptoms while self-isolating

 

They should self-isolate for 7 days from when symptoms started, even if it means they are self-isolating for longer than 14 days

 

If staff do not get symptoms while self-isolating both can stop self-isolating after 14 days.

The government has announced that coronavirus would be made available for all symptomatic children and teachers when we begin to reopen 1 June 2020. If it is a positive result, we will follow our local public health protection team guidance. Staff and children will not be allowed to return they are tested and receive a negative result.

Staff must use hand gel at reception on arrival at the nursery.

Staff must wash hands at arrival and regularly with good technique throughout the day.

Staff to change clothes in staff room and wear labelled uniform washed daily.

 

 

Social distancing and physical distancing

Staff are expected to adhere to social distancing measures as practicable at all times at the nursery.

Staff are asked not to shake hands or hug.

Manager and staff undertaking duties to meet parents/visitors to wear face masks, and gloves.

Hand washing carried out regular, after breaks, intervals, routines, after removing gloves

 

Training

All staff to receive training in the new Covid 19 procedures.

Bright HR will deliver training material and external training suspended.

Follow web based training.

Staff trained for correct hand washing for children and adults

 

Parents

 

Social distancing and physical distancing

Only one parent can drop and collect.

Parent not allowed in the building.

Parents must not hang around to chat with other parents when dropping and collecting children.

In parent survey add time slots for agreed drop off or collection times.

No daily verbal feedback will be given.

Parents will be telephoned during the day if staff need to speak to them.

 

 

Communication

Parents to receive clear communication outlining the role they play in safe operation of the nursery and the measure they nursery is taking to safeguard.

Regular updates by email.

Parents can contact us by telephone or email for any updates

Visitors

Visits

Anyone making an essential visit must complete visitor’s questionnaire prior to their visits.

*directors will complete a health declaration on return 1 June 2020.

Our new nursery video will be sent for any show rounds

Travel

To and from nursery

Government guidelines to be followed for travelling.

Avoid public transport if possible.

Wear face masks when travelling

No outings will take place

Health & Hygiene

Cleaning

New fresher inductions for cleaning and new checklists to follow

Our dedicated member of the team cleans and disinfects surfaces that have been frequently touched throughout the day. For example, door handles, tables, light switches. We all know that hand washing is the most effective way to reduce the way of infection so staff and children will wash their hands many times in the day

Children’s toys must be thoroughly washed daily

Water and sand play suspended temporarily

Messy play or shredded play daily changed

Toys and furnishing deemed difficult to clean and dry quickly to be stored away

Staff to clean hands after using mobile phone

 

Waste Disposal

Used paper towels to be disposed immediately

Bins emptied regular during the day

 

Meal times

No shared utensils, self-serving suspended

Mealtimes possibly staggered depending on children numbers

 

Risk Assessment

Covid-19 Risk assessment completion by 1st June 2020

 

PPE

Staff to follow government PPE guidelines and to keep updated Early Years PPE guidelines

Premises

Building

Keep rooms ventilated and windows open

We will endeavour not to use the air conditioning this year

Amend Fire and evacuation plans to include covid 19

Additional cleaning

No parent or visitors allowed

*only visitors allowed are for health and safety after completing questionnaire.

 

Toys & Equipment

No toys from home are allowed into the nursery

Dummies cleaned and sterilised on arrival and throughout the day

All resources cleaned sterilised regular

Staff room tablets to be cleaned

No lending toys or books

Supplies

Food, PPE, Resources etc

 

 

Extra supplies kept on site

Follow PPE guidelines

Clean new resources and equipment on arrival at nursery

Managing a Suspected case

 

Children and Staff

For anyone who develops symptoms throughout the day we will ensure the following: 

 

I.          For Children: They will go into an isolation area in the nursery until they can be collected. We are mindful of individual children’s needs and it would not leave children alone without adult supervision. A window will be opened for ventilation.

II.          For staff: They will go home immediately to self-isolate for seven days. We will adjust ratios accordingly to allow for this to happen

III.          Tests will be arranged via the government portal

 

 

I would like to thank you all for your continued support in these unprecedented times and we very much look forward to the time when nursery can come together again.

 

 

 

 

 

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