We are following government guidelines closely and we have created a risk assessment to help us deal with this situation. This risk assessment is regularly reviewed and updated when necessary.
We are still following our pre-school policies and will adapt any if needed to help with the current situation.
For the latest Government guidelines please visit: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
What measures do you have in place for hand washing / sanitising?
Hand washing remains the most effective deterrent in this crisis and staff will continue to ensure good hand washing routines for all children as follows:
- On arrival at pre-school
- When visibly dirty
- After using the toilet
- After coughing or sneezing into a hand, elbow or tissue
- When coming in from the garden
- Before food (snack & lunch)
- After lunch
- Other times as deemed necessary by the adult
We have also purchased antibacterial products, such as alcohol based hand gel. These products will be used by adults and children throughout the day (adult supervision at all times).
What additional cleaning measures are in place?
At the end of each session, all resources will be sprayed with an antibacterial spray before being put away. At the end of the day all play units, door handles and other items will be sprayed with an antibacterial spray.
Our staff will be regularly cleaning the children’s toilets throughout the day, and bins are emptied if necessary throughout the day.
What are the rules on clothing?
We would recommend that children come into pre-school wearing clean clothes each day, this is to minimise the risk of cross-contamination between home and school.
What if my child is exhibiting symptoms?
If your child is showing any symptoms below we would ask that you order a PCR test and self-isolate until the results are back.
- A new, continuous cough
- A high temperature above 37.7 degrees
- A loss or change to sense of smell or taste
Before your child is allowed back into pre-school you will need to show us the results of their PCR test, and not have a high temperature in the 48 hours prior to returning.
What if a child or staff member develops symptoms during the day?
Children: Parents will be contacted for immediate pick up and the pupil will be sent to the isolation area with a supervising member of staff using additional PPE equipment as advised by the Government.
Staff: Will be expected to leave pre-school immediately and apply for the key worker testing immediately. If positive, they must self-isolate.
What happens if there is a confirmed case of coronavirus in the school or pre-school?
Where a child, young person or staff member tests positive, the rest of their class or group within their childcare or education setting should be sent home and advised to self-isolate. The other household members of that wider class or group do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.
As part of the national test and trace programme, if other cases are detected within the cohort or in the wider setting, Public Health England’s local health protection teams will conduct a rapid investigation and will advise schools and other settings on the most appropriate action to take. In some cases a larger number of other children, may be asked to self-isolate at home as a precautionary measure – perhaps the whole class, site or year group. Where settings are observing guidance on infection prevention and control, which will reduce risk of transmission, closure of the whole setting will not generally be necessary.
Will PPE be mandatory for staff and/or children?
The COVID 19: Implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings states that:
Wearing a face covering or face mask in schools or other education settings is not recommended.
The majority of staff in education settings will not require PPE beyond what they would normally need for their work, even if they are not always able to maintain a distance of 2 metres from others. PPE is only needed in a very small number of cases.
Parents are asked NOT to provide their child with a face mask as the correct viral control management of these is too complex to operate in a school.
What Social Distancing / Cross Contamination Measures are in place?
- Movement around the school is restricted and pre-school are only allowed to use; the pre-school room, patio and their own garden.
- The pre-school bubble will not be able to mix with other bubbles from the school environment.
- Pre-school will have its own entrance and exit.
- Children and staff will follow strict hand washing regime (as stated above).
- Staff will follow strict cleaning and sanitising procedures.
How will you implement social distancing and restrict interaction between children?
The government accepts that it is almost impossible to maintain social distancing in an Early Years environment, and the children are unlikely to understand social distancing, therefore it is unreasonable to expect them to follow the new rules. However, staff will make every endeavour to adapt their practice accordingly, e.g. limiting the number of chairs at an activity, splitting the children into smaller groups and spreading out within our permitted areas.
What are the arrangements for lunchtime?
Due to there being more children on site within the Infants school, we have made the decision to only allow lunch boxes until further notice, no hot dinners from school will be allowed.
Please ensure that your child’s lunchbox is clearly named and where possible be a plastic lunchbox (not a fabric one). Please ensure that your child has their own water bottle which is clearly labelled.
General lunchtime practice:
- In order to reduce the number of children sat around one table, more tables will be used and the children will be spaced out according to guidelines.
- All surfaces will be wiped down with antibacterial wipes before and after lunch.
- Children will wash their hands before and after eating.
- Children will need to be able to open their own lunchboxes and packets where possible.
- All plates, cups and cutlery will be washed thoroughly after each use, put to soak in Milton and air dried.
No. In order to avoid the risk of cross-contamination, what children are allowed to bring to and from school has to be limited.
Will parents and visitors be allowed on site?
Visitors on site will be strictly limited to those deemed essential, including but not limited to, our maintenance contractors who will need to continue to ensure that the site is safe and well maintained.
Any essential visitors will need to self-declare of being asymptomatic, have their temperature checked and use antibacterial hand gel before gaining entry to the school.
Parents cannot be allowed to enter the preschool or school building at any time and must observing social distancing protocols at all times.
Can you still administer medication to my child?
If your child is feeling unwell during this period they MUST NOT BE IN SCHOOL.
However, for all other routine conditions where medication is required, please bring the medication and our medicine book must be filled out.
We know that this is going to be a different way of working for all of us for the foreseeable future, but please be assured that we will do our best to ensure this process is an enjoyable and happy time for your children. We understand that a child’s personal, social and emotional development is key in this process and will be focusing our practice to bring this to the forefront.