The aim of this policy is to put measures in place to minimise the spread of the coronavirus and to protect staff and children in our setting. If you, your child, a member of your family bubble or anyone who you have been notified about via Track and Trace has symptoms of coronavirus, please keep your child at home and organise a test immediately. This policy also applies to our staff members. We can provide advice on ways to do this. If the test is negative, you can bring your child back to us as soon as you are able to.
The main symptoms of coronavirus
A new continuous dry cough
A temperature of 37.8 degrees or higher
Loss of taste and / or smell
Arriving and picking up
Please check your child’s temperature in the morning, checking them as they arrive in setting could give a false reading especially if they run from the car park to the door. If your child has a temperature over 37.8 degrees or over, please let us know and we will advise on the next steps. We will take the children’s temperatures (non-invasive) throughout the session if we feel the need to do so.
Please do not bring your child in if they are showing any signs of being unwell, monitor them and call us for guidance if needed. Children will be assisted in the foyer to wash their hands on arrival and throughout the day.
Lateral Flow Tests (LFT)
LFT’s are only to be used if you do not have any symptoms of covid, a PCR test is required if you have symptoms or you have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19. All staff are completing LFT’s twice weekly, we would advise anyone who has access to LFT’s to use them as it could prevent a total closure of the setting. If a staff member tests positive, they will stay away from the setting until they take a PCR test, if that comes back negative, they can return to work. If it comes back positive, we will notify parents and the advice will be to arrange a PCR test. Please be aware that if we do not have enough staff to fulfil ratios, we will have to reduce the amount of children coming in for that day and priority places will be given to funded children. We will give credit on your following invoice if your child is unable to attend due to staff shortages.
Children’s bags and belongings
Please do not bring in any non-essential items from home, preferably including bags. If your child does not need a bag, please do not bring it in. We have a huge supply of clean clothes here if your child needs to change for any reason. If your child wears a nappy, please supply us with some for that day, we will supply wipes unless your child requires a particular type due to allergies or irritation.
All staff and children must wear freshly laundered clothes every day. We advise parents to change their children’s clothes once they return home.
Please do not allow your child to bring in any toys from home. They will not be allowed to take any toys from home into the main hall.
Please ensure if it is a hot day, you have applied sun cream to your child in the morning. If your child is staying all day, please leave sun cream with us so we can reapply at lunchtime. Your child will need a sun hat, please ensure their name is clearly written on it.
If your child is bringing in a packed lunch, please use a plastic container that can be easily cleaned and try to ensure they can open everything independently. Staff are happy to open packets of food for children but must wash their hands before and after doing so.
Your child will need to bring a water bottle, we will be able to refill it during the day if needed.
What to do if your child or someone in your household is displaying symptoms of coronavirus
If your child or someone in your household has any of the symptoms mentioned previously, please stay at home and self-isolate until you get the results of your PCR test. If the test is negative your child can return as soon as they feel well enough. If the result is positive, you must let us know immediately. If we experience more than 5 cases at anyone time, we will revert to small bubbles of children and staff to reduce contact within the setting, we would also request that social distancing is maintained on arrival and collection of the children.
What happens if a child shows signs of coronavirus within the setting
Parents or carers will be called to collect the child. A member of staff will wear personal protective equipment and separate the child from the rest of the group in a separate room until the child is collected. The room and all resources will be cleaned immediately along with the staff and children’s hands.
Closure of the setting
We will do all we can to prevent a complete closure of the setting, however if three or more of our staff test positive at the same time, we would not be able to remain open due to not being able to maintain our ratios
Playing and Learning
The children will not be expected to social distance from each other or staff members nor should staff or children wear masks, staff do have access to face shields and are advised to wear them but is ultimately their choice to do so.
Children should feel safe and secure in our setting. We have decided to reintroduce essential learning tools such as sand, water and other messy play. The children will wash their hands before and after use, sand will be discarded at the end of the day and water will be changed throughout the day.
This policy will be reviewed regularly and updated as and when needed by the government guidelines.
This policy was adopted at a meeting of: St Peter’s Thundersley Pre-School
Held on: 3rd September 2021
Date to be reviewed: 3rd September 2022 or before if guidance changes
Signed on behalf of the committee: S Collom
Name of signatory: Sara Collom
Role of signatory: Registered Manager
Updated 26/08/2020 to include Track and Trace guidelines and complete closure of the setting.
Updated 03/01/2021 with revised isolation periods.
Updated 06/04/2021 with LFT information and updated closure of setting and playing and learning procedures.
Updated 03/09/2021 with the exclusion of isolation and social distancing but including advice if a parent or child tests positive and contingency of an outbreak within the setting.