Coronavirus Update

COVID-19 Temporary Operational Policy

The information below is a summary of our Temporary Operational Policy: In addition to the above we have been guided by the Department for Education, Local Authorities, OFSTED and other research.

Basic Principles to keep children safe:

  • Bubbles are in place in order to keep groups of children together. Children and staff do not cross over with other bubbles in any area, inside or outside, including toilets. Each age range is its own bubble – Nursery, Kindergarten and Pre-School. Each bubble has its own outdoor play area.
  • Anybody with COVID-19 symptoms must not attend at the setting for any reason.
  • Where children display a temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss of taste and / or smell they will not be admitted for 10 days unless they have been tested, in which case they can return only after a negative test result. The test result must be provided to the setting.
  • The nursery, including fixed (e.g. outdoor) play equipment is subject to an increased regime of cleaning and disinfecting – Please see ‘Additional Cleaning Processes’ below
  • Facemasks/visors will be worn by staff who are meeting and greeting families at drop off and collection. All families dropping off and collecting children will also be required to wear a face covering which they should ensure they have and provide themselves – this is not required for children coming into the nursery.
  • All visitors to the nursery, including Head Office staff and external contractors must wear a face mask when in the settings.
  • Each setting will have a supply of full PPE, consisting of aprons, gloves, face masks and a face shield for use should a child start to display symptoms of COVID-19 whilst in the setting.
  • Disposable gloves and aprons are worn by all staff whilst changing children’s nappies, bottle feeding and cleaning bodily fluids.
  • Physical distancing where possible is practiced

Additional cleaning and hygiene processes

Staff teams are responsible for regularly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that are frequently touched by children and adults. These include high-risk contact areas such as door handles and doors, phones, keyboards, light switches, taps, toilet flushes, sinks, countertops, handrails and bannisters, shared PCs & iPads. 

Children will be supported to ensure they wash their hands properly. Children use antibacterial gel or wash their hands on entering & leaving the building. They wash their hands at regular intervals during the day, particularly when coming in from outside, before and after eating and using the toilets.

Each area has designated access to toilets. We have provided more toilets and hand washing facilities for outside space. Toilet areas are cleaned frequently throughout the day in accordance with Government guidelines.

Medication and vaccinations

  • Children will not be accepted to the setting if they have been given Calpol or any other medication that can mask fever symptoms, at parents discretion, after 4am on their day of attendance (after 9am for children with afternoon bookings).
  • Staff members will monitor the children in their care and will make reasonable judgements on whether a family is advised to undergo testing. We ask that families do the same and monitor their children’s wellness, making the decision if they need to isolate, undergo testing, or are well enough to attend a nursery setting.
  • Children who have asthma or other breathing related difficulties should be known to nursery staff and can attend nursery as usual with their medical plans in place.

Drop off and collection process

Parents are asked to arrive with some kind of face covering to the setting. One parent/carer only should be present when dropping-off and collecting. Parents should follow social distancing when waiting to drop off or collect your child, and not to form clusters at the entrance/walkways etc

We are currently operating a collection process whereby parents call a dedicated phoneline in order to collect their child. Parents must be aware of their child’s individual security code and their child will be brought to the front door by a member of management.

‘Settling In’ sessions will be restricted to a single adult coming to nursery when the child attends for a settle. Parent, child and staff meet in a separate area away from other children and staff.