As a provider of childcare we take health and safety seriously. In light of the current outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the new variant Omicron we have put together some information for parents based on the official advice from Public Health England and the Department for Education.
We are continuing to monitor the situation closely, and ask all families to follow the official advice at all times. If you have any questions in addition to the information provided on this page, please speak to Mrs Joanne Rickford, who will strive to help you in any way she can.
On arrival, every child and staff member will have their temperature taken, they will not be admitted if they have a temperature. They will be asked to go home and do a Covid-19 Lateral Flow test, once a negative test is received and they are well they can return to nursery.
Pupils and staff will not attend nursery if they, or a household member has coronavirus symptoms. A Lateral flow test must be conducted on all family members, if a positive test is found a PCR test must be conducted and the household must isolate until the result has come back. Please see update below.
Children will wear newly cleaned clothes each day.
No toys or any other items to be brought to nursery from home apart from Nursery book bags and communication books.
Staff will supervise handwashing of all children. Liquid soap will be provided and hand sanitiser will be used. Staff will wash hands at least every hour, using hand sanitiser in between. Each staff member will be given their own hand sanitiser to keep upon their person
Staff will instruct children to follow the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach. The toilets will be cleaned and disinfected at the end of each session.
Drop off and pick up will adhere to social distancing and all adults will be asked to wear face coverings.
Parents will bring their children to the Nursery door but will not be allowed entry to the Nursery unless previously arranged. Preferably one parent will drop off and pick up each child. Siblings should not be bought to nursery unless there are no alternatives, if they are, they must always be hand-held by their parent (or carried if smaller). On pick up, each parent will queue to collect children at the same gate (socially distanced).
No staff, children or parents will go into the front office.
If a child displays Covid-19 symptoms during a session, staff will adhere to the Government recommendations. The nursery will immediately isolate the pupil (with an adult to care for them) in a well-ventilated room, and telephone parents who will collect their child. Then the isolation area will be immediately disinfected and cleaned, and the staff member will change all their clothing and wash their hands as per guidance. If any child or adult tests positive for Covid-19, then nursery will take advice from the Public Health England.
A deep clean of the nursery has already taken place. The areas used will be cleaned and disinfected throughout the day when possible. At the end of each day each area used will be cleaned with appropriate cleaning products, floor swept and disinfected.
We will ensure pupils avoid contact with anyone with symptoms through immediately isolating as previously stated.
We will follow good handwashing and hygiene practices as previously stated.
Nursery Manager and Caretaker have reviewed the risk assessment for nursery all actions have been agreed by both parties a copy can be found on the noticeboard
All unnecessary items, furniture, small parts, and anything else that would be difficult to clean will be removed.
No parents /carers will enter the school/nursery buildings (apart from bringing their child to the door at drop off and collection)
Parents will have clear guidance as to the dropping off and collection protocol and they will adhere to the measures set out in this.
Any deliveries will be delivered to the reception foyer and collected by the caretaker. The office staff will not open the glass window or sign for any items.
Doors and windows will remain open where possible to lessen the need to touch them and to aid ventilation.
An auto release fire door is fitted to the extension in the nursery
Outdoor garden equipment such as see-saws, tools and lawnmowers should be wiped down at the end of each play time.
Staff will conduct Lateral Flow tests twice a week to ensure the safety of everyone.
Update: 2nd December 2021
The self-isolation advice for people with coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed. It is now possible to end self-isolation after 7 days, following 2 negative LFD tests taken 24 hours apart. The first LFD test should not be taken before the sixth day.