Latest Coronavirus updates

Latest Coronavirus Update

Updated 23/01/2021

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. 

Due to confirmed positive Covid cases and following PHE advice, the affected rooms of Badgers and Little Dragons will remain closed for 10 days until Friday 29 January and Squirrels and Hedgehogs until 1 February. All staff and children from these rooms who have been in direct contact with a positive case have been requested to self-isolate.

On Wednesday 20 January we were informed that a child in the Badgers room had a confirmed case of coronavirus and as a result we have closed the Badgers room with immediate effect and it will remain closed until Friday 29 January. On the same day, we were also informed that a member of staff in Little Dragons had a confirmed case of coronavirus so Little Dragons was closed with immediate effect and it will remain closed until Friday 29 January. All staff and children from these room who were in contact with the positive case have been requested to self-isolate.

On the evening of Wednesday 20 January, we were informed that a member of staff in Squirrels had received a positive ‘lateral flow’ test result and had been asked to do a PCR test as soon as possible. Squirrels was closed with immediate effect and it will remain closed until we have the PCR test result. All staff and children from this room who have been in direct contact with the individual have been requested to self-isolate until we have confirmation. On Friday 22 January we had confirmation that the member of staff in question has received a positive PCR test, so staff and parents were informed and Squirrels will remain closed until 01/02/2021.

On the morning of Saturday 23 January, we were informed that a member of staff in Hedgehogs had received a positive Covid test. Hedgehogs was closed with immediate effect and will reopen on 01/02/2021. All staff and children who were in direct contact with the positive case have been requested to self-isolate until 30/01/2021 inclusive.

Moles and Otters rooms remain open.

A deep clean of the building will be done over the weekend when the setting is closed.

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)

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

-No wet messy play but can use dry items which needs 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.

-No soft furnishings.

-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

-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 one group at a time (no mixing of groups)

-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

-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

-No more showrounds until further notice

Staff

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

-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

-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, 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

-No students allowed until further notice

-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.

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