With the present threat of coronavirus, our priority is, as always, to ensure the health and wellbeing of the children, parents, carers and staff who attend our setting. The aim of this policy is to limit possible vectors of infection and we can only do this if we all work together to minimise the possibility of the virus spreading within our community. These will be updated regularly as the situation is constantly changing.
· All parents, carers and visitors will be required to wear a mask or face covering at all times while on the setting’s premises.
· Children must be dropped off and collected on time so as to limit the possible spread of infection.
· No parents and carers will be allowed into the setting unless they require a confidential discussion with a member of staff, and this is to do with an issue of safeguarding. Anything else will have to be discussed during a telephone appointment or through email.
· Children attending the setting between 0900 – 1500 must be dropped and collected from the main playground and parents and carers are responsible for maintaining social distancing. This includes ensuring that children do not interact with other children that are not part of the same household.
· Only one member of the child’s immediate family may be present to do this.
· Children will be called individually into the setting at drop off and released individually from the setting at collection. Please do not approach the ramp or doors as you will be politely asked to move away and maintain social distancing.
· Please do not approach staff members as you will also be asked to move away and maintain social distancing.
· We will only be accepting children who are dual setting prior to an individual risk assessment. This is at management’s discretion.
· No child who is shielding will be allowed to attend the setting.
· If a child has a parent or carer who is shielding, they will be permitted to drop their child off at the setting, or collect them from the setting. They Must ensure that they maintain strict social distancing at all times.
· Please ensure that all children have had sun cream applied prior to attending the setting and that they also have their own, labelled bottle of sun cream. We will top-up sun cream throughout the day, if required, though the initial application should be done by the parents and carers prior to attending.
· Please ensure that all children have drink containers, lunchboxes and food that they can easily access in order to limit physical interaction by staff members. If you are aware that your child has problems opening packets, accessing fruit etcetera please either place the product into an easily accessible container or cut the product up prior to sending it in.
· Please ensure that all children attend the setting in appropriate clothing as the issuing of the setting’s clothing reserve could increase the risk of infection to your child.
· Fruit and vegetables for snack time will be provided for the children by the setting. We are requesting that no fruit and vegetables are brought into the setting by parents and carers.
· No toys, books, dressing up outfits, jewellery, accessories etcetera are to be brought into the setting from home.
· The government is currently advising anyone with either a high temperature (37.8c or more), a new persistent cough or loss of taste and smell (anosmia) to have a Covid-19 test. If any member of your household, or a household that you have been in contact with starts displaying these symptoms, your child will not be permitted to attend the setting for ten days. This applies to all adults and children who are within the household, even if they are not currently showing any symptoms.
· We ask also that parents and carers do not give their children any medication that masks a temperature in order to send them into the setting.
· Children should not attend the setting if they have a runny nose, even if they are feeling well, due to the increased risk of infection from bodily fluids and the increased physical contact that this will require from the practitioner.
· Children who attend the setting and have siblings who attend another educational setting where their bubble has burst, are asked to stay at home for the duration of their sibling’s isolation period.
· Should any member of staff, parent, carer or child present symptoms of Covid-19 we will be requesting that you have a test carried out and inform the setting of the results. If the test is positive, the setting will be required to close and all children, parents, carers and staff will be required to isolate for ten days. If the setting is open at the time of receiving information relating to a positive test, parents and carers will be contacted and must immediately collect their children.
· All staff at the setting are now using Lateral Flow Tests (LFT’s) twice per week. We encourage any of our parents and carers to access LFT’s where possible and inform us immediately of any positive LFT and/or Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test.
· The list of countries that have been removed from the government’s Coronavirus (Covid-19) travel corridors is changing rapidly. For the foreseeable future the following applies to travel to and from abroad:
o You must inform the setting of any family intention to travel abroad, even if the destination currently does not require quarantine upon your return. This also applies to individual members of your family who for example, work abroad, are in education abroad etcetera.
o No child will be able to attend the setting for ten days if they or any family member have returned from a country that has a quarantine upon return requirement.
· As well as our current hygiene measures, we will be asking children, staff, parents, carers and any visitors to wash their hands upon entering and leaving the setting.
· Any visitor to the setting will be asked the following questions:
o Have you returned from abroad or have you had close contact with someone who has done so within the last ten days?
o Have you had either a high temperature (37.8c or more), a new persistent cough or loss of taste or smell (anosmia) within the last ten days or had close contact with someone who has?
· Our practitioners cannot maintain social distancing from the children as we have to deal with personal care etcetera. The Department for Education understands that it is virtually impossible for us as an Early Years setting to maintain social distancing at all times, but we must endeavour to do so.
· Masks and visors will now be worn within the setting at the discretion of the setting’s management. Masks and visors will not be worn by staff in outside areas unless close contact is required with a child. This will be reviewed frequently as infection cases rise and fall.
· Due to the risk of Covid-19 spread within the setting any resource deemed difficult to keep clean will be placed into storage, such as, teddies, soft furnishings, sand and small educational resources etcetera.
· Parents and carers must ensure that the setting has your up to date emergency contact details as in the event of your child displaying symptoms of Covid-19 we will require you to immediately collect your child, to limit the potential spread of infection.
We ask all parents, carers, staff and visitors to our setting to monitor the situation as it is continuously changing.
· NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19): https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
· GOV.UK Stay at home: guidance for people with confirmed or possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
· Early Years Alliance Coronavirus (Covid-19): https://www.eyalliance.org.uk/coronavirus-early-years
· GOV.UK COVID-19 Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures
· GOV.UK COVID-19 Travel corridors: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors
Last updated on Saturday 27th January 2021.