Latest Coronavirus updates

First and foremost, it goes without saying that the safety of your child and of our staff is our top priority. We have put in place a number of safety measures to ensure health, safety and wellbeing of everyone.

Whilst we endeavour to social distance our staff, we will be unable to do this with young children.

In line with government guidelines we have put many additional measures in place, which include those relating to nursery access restrictions, social distancing, and hygiene practices. 

Some of the steps we have taken include:

Cleaning

– Increased handwashing and hygiene practices for the children and staff (20 seconds with running water and soap or use of sanitiser and ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the catch it, bin it, kill it approach).

– Completed Covid19 Risk assessment.

– Cleaning of the building with disinfectant spray throughout the day (door handles, handrails, tabletops, play equipment and toys)

– Reduced play equipment and the play equipment which is available to be appropriately cleaned between groups group of children using it, and make sure that multiple groups do not use it simultaneously

-No sand or playdough

-Enhanced end of day cleans to be done by our cleaning company and frequent deep cleans at weekends

Use of Rooms

-Each room will have a tissue station next to the bin to encourage children to blow their nose and put it in the bin straight away

-Removal of soft furnishings, soft toys and rugs in older age rooms

-Rooms to be well ventilated with opened windows

-We ask that parents wash all item of clothing after each nursery session

-Different groups to use different entrances to the building (Moles, Hedgehogs and Little Dragons to access the building from the main entrance and Squirrels, Otters and Badgers from the side gate)

-Staggered use of the garden by group (Badgers + Otters, Squirrels + Hedgehogs, Little Dragons + Moles and ASC), staff to social distance. This arrangement will be kept under review as the Covid situation evolves.

-Only 15 children from the same school in After school club, children will walk back from school, no minibus.

-Children should have named water bottles or cups

-Registers to be signed at the entrance doors

-A safe queuing system is organised in the car park

-Staggered use of the garden

-Change of room layout when necessary and possible

-Clear 2 metre marking in building, car park and playground

-We ask parents not to visit the office but call or email instead

-Children attending LD’s and a Nursery group can only attend one group

-We ask that parents and carers physically distance from each other and from staff when dropping off and collecting their children and to limit drop off and collection to one parent or carer per household

-Parents must were a face mask when dropping of or picking up their child/children

-We ask that children not bring toys or other items from home to the setting, unless this is essential to their health and wellbeing

-From September show arounds for prospective parents will be possible again. Parents will need to wear a face mask, not go into the rooms just look from the gate, not bring their children with them, if they want their children to see the room they will need to book another visit and just go into the room their child will be in.

Staff

-Staff do not wear PPE unless administering first aid or isolating with a child who has COVID symptoms. However, staff have access to PPE if they feel they need it.

-One member of staff signing themselves in or out at one time

-Social distancing (2m rule) observed/maintained at all times outside the different groups

-Staff to socially distance when with staff members from another group

-Staff use their own pen

-Staff bring their clean uniforms from home once a week and get changed at the setting every morning on arrival and evening on departure

-Staggered staff lunch times, social distancing to be adhered to minimise staff contacts

-Staff room and kitchen kept clean by washing up and putting items away. Surfaces to be cleaned twice a day

In case there is a positive case in the setting:

-Isolation, containment, and testing are required. The new guidance says that children and families from 1st June can be tested.

-If they have COVID symptoms children and staff will sent home and self-isolate. They will need to be tested before they can come back to the setting.

When can / cannot children or staff attend the setting?

-Anyone who has a high temperature, a new, continuous cough a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste, diarrhea.

-Anyone showing symptoms or anyone in their household showing symptoms.

-Children/staff to be sent home immediately if they show symptoms while in the setting and they must self-isolate and get tested.

-In order to maintain the safety of the ‘bubble’, children should not be attending another setting, only St George’s.

Please do get in touch if you would like more details info@stgeorgeschildcare.co.uk