COVID-19 Policy.

 

The aim of the policy is to ensure the safety of the children, staff, and visitors during this outbreak. In line with government guidelines the following actions will take place to reduce the spread of the virus.

 

 

All staff, children and visitors must ensure they are “COVID safe”.  They may not attend the setting if they or a member of their family have displayed any of the following symptoms.

  • A high temperature over 37.8.

  • A new, continuous cough.

  • Loss of or change of taste or sense of smell.

  • Have returned from any country requiring visitors to self-isolate.

  • Have been informed they have been in close contact with someone and has been told to isolate.

 

 

The actions we will follow to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

Prevention:

  • Minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend setting and advised to follow guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

  • Clean hands thoroughly more often than usual. When we arrive at the setting, before and after eating, after going to the toilet, after playing outside. 

  • Ensure enhanced cleaning of toys, including frequently touched surfaces.

  • Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.

  • Parents and visitors need to wear face coverings when on the school grounds and may only entry the building if necessary.

·     Parents must socially distance while waiting to drop off and collect their child, they must follow the one-way system in the school grounds and             disperse quickly once they have dropped off and collected their child.

What will do if we someone becomes ill whilst in the setting.

  • Anyone who begins to display coronavirus symptoms while in the setting will be sent home immediately. While a child is waiting to be collected, they will be separated from the group and isolated with one member of staff into the office or outside if this area is not being used.

  • All visitors attending the setting must leave contact details for the track and trace service.

  • PPE - disposable gloves, a disposable apron and surgical face mask should be used if close contact (less than two metres) is required with a child who is symptomatic and waiting to be collected.

  • Once a child or member of staff has left the setting, we will clean the setting thoroughly following COVID-19 cleaning of non-healthcare settings.

  • Parents need to ensure that emergency contacts are updated and consider where these may need to change for example if previous emergency Contacts are in a shielded group.

 

 

Testing

  • All children and staff who are attending a childcare setting have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus and will be required to get tested.               The aim is to enable children to get back to childcare, and their parents or carers not to need to self-isolate any longer than is necessary if the test proves to be negative. A positive test will ensure rapid action to protect other children and staff in their setting.

  • If the child or staff member test positive the Preschool Manager will contact the DfE’s helpline on 0800 046 8687, advisors will inform the Manager what action is needed based on the latest public health advice, and work through a risk assessment to identify close contacts, Ofsted will be informed.

This may result in a full setting closure.

 

We ask all parents and carers to ensure they organise a test for their child, if they develop coronavirus symptoms, and notify us immediately of a positive test.   Further guidance is available get a free NHS test immediately to check if you have coronavirus or call 119 if you have no internet access.  

 

No member of staff or child can return to the setting until they have completed the isolation period mandated by the government or if a negative test is provided.

 

This policy is subject to change following any response from the government to COVID-19