Covid-19

COVID-19 Safeguarding Procedures

Please find below a list of measures we will be putting into place from January 1st, 2021

Children

Attendance

· Only children who are symptom free or have completed the required isolation period will be allowed to attend the nursery.

· Children who display symptoms whilst at the setting will be isolated and cared for in a designated safe area until collected.

· In the case of a confirmed case of coronavirus at the setting, children in their ‘group’ will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 10 days.

· All staff and children who are attending a childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus. To access testing parents will be able to use the 111 online coronavirus service.

· Where a child tests negative, they can return to the nursery. According to government guidelines, the fellow household members can also end their self-isolation.

Physical distancing/grouping

· Children will be placed in groups, called ‘bubbles’. These ‘bubble’ groups will be allocated their own staff members to be with them throughout the day and they will not mix with other bubble groups or staff.

· Care routines including meals, nappy changing, hand washing, toileting etc will only be carried out with their bubble groups.

· Outdoor space will be allocated for each bubble group and outdoor play will be the main activity offered (weather permitting).

· Internal toys and equipment will be spread out over the rooms to allow distanced play whilst inside.

· Cots and beds will be distanced.

Wellbeing and education

· Children will be supported in age appropriate ways to understand the steps they can take to keep themselves safe including regular hand washing, sneezing into a tissue etc

· Children will be supported in understand the changes and challenges they will encounter as a result of Covid-19 and staff will assist with any emotional support they need.

Staffing

· Staff will only attend the nursery if they are symptom free, have completed the required isolation period or achieved a negative test result.

· Staff will be asked about their health.

· Wherever possible the staff will remain with their ‘bubble’ group and not come into contact with other groups.

· Social distancing will be maintained during breaks.

· Staff will avoid physical contact with each other including handshakes, hugs etc.

· Staff will wear face coverings if leaving the setting during the day.

Parents

· Only parents who are symptom free and or have completed the required isolation period will be able to drop off or collect their child.

· Please can only one parent per family drop off or collect their child.

· Parents will not currently be permitted to enter the nursery. A member of your child’s ‘bubble’ group will come and greet you and take the child into the setting. We know that this is difficult especially after a long period of being at home but please be assured your child’s well-being is our main priority and we will call any parent if their child was unsettled upon arrival.

· Social distancing between other parents should be maintained. Different entrances to the nursery will be allocated for different groups.

Travel

· Wherever possible staff and parents should travel to the nursery alone, using their own transport.

· If public transport is necessary, current guidance on the use of public transport must be followed (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers).

· Wherever possible pushchairs, car seats, scooters should be taken home. If you require these to be left at the nursery, please inform a member of staff and these can be taken to the outdoor buggy area when safe..

Hygiene and Health and Safety

· All children and staff must wash their hands upon arrival to the nursery.

· Children and staff will be required to wash their hands on a regular basis. This will be for 20 seconds and dried thoroughly using paper towels

· Children will be encouraged not to touch their mouth, eyes and nose.

· Older children will be encouraged to use a tissue or elbow to cough or sneeze and use bins for tissue waste. Children will be encouraged to learn these new habits through games, songs and repetition.

· Bins for tissues will be regularly emptied throughout the day.

· All spaces will be well ventilated using natural ventilation (open windows, safely prop open doors etc) and outdoor play will be offered whenever possible.

· Soft furnishings, soft toys etc will be removed from all room and easily wipeable toys will be used and these will be cleaned regularly throughout the day.

· All items that require laundering at the nursery will be washed at high temperatures on a daily basis.

· Door handles and high contact points will be cleaned on a regular basis. The fingerprint entry system will be covered and out of use.

· Government guidance is that PPE is not required for general use in early years settings to protect against COVID-19 transmission. PPE will to be worn as normal for nappy changing, handling food and the administration of first aid.