Latest Coronavirus updates

Latest Coronavirus Update

Updated 11/05/2021

The safety of our children and our staff remains our top priority. The safety measures we have put in place in accordance with Public Health England (PHE) requirements remain in place. 

We thank all our parents and staff for their understanding and ongoing support and we want to reassure everyone that we will continue to maintain our high standards of care, hygiene and safety.

Our processes and measures have been updated and these 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)

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

-Messy play ingredients are to be replaced after morning/afternoon session.  No icing biscuits but cooking is allowed.

-Water play can happen but also needs to be replaced after every session.

-Enhanced end of day cleans to be done by our cleaning company and frequent deep cleans at weekends. More information about our Anti-viral deep cleaning here.

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

-Rooms to be well ventilated with opened windows

-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 two groups (joint bubble) at a time

-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

-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 Little Dragons 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 and staff must were a face mask during drop of or pick up

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

-Showrounds resuming with only one parent at a time.

Staff

-Staff to wear a face shield or face mask in all communal areas

-All staff are offered Lateral Flow Tests to be done twice weekly before attending the setting.

-staff to wear PPE when 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, with their own pen, in the hallway not the office

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

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

-Staggered staff lunch times, use of separate rooms for breaks, 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

-Staff and parents to be made aware of system control

In case there is a positive case in the setting:

-Isolation, containment, and testing are required.

-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.

-Management to contact Ofsted, the Department for Education and Public Health England and follow their guidance.

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.

Anyone showing symptoms should take a PCR Test and will only be able to return to the setting once they have received a Negative result.

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