COVID 19 'Procedures for Parents'

 

May 2020

Phased return from 1st June 

  

This document is intended as a reference point for parents following the Government’s announcement, dated 10th May 2020, and supplemented by more detailed guidance in the week following, of the intention, by Monday 1st June at the earliest, to phase pupils back in to Primary School and Early Years settings. 

Over the past few weeks we have taken steps to plan for a phased re-opening of the provision. We understand this is a difficult and uncertain time and many of you will be feeling anxious about your child returning to nursery. We hope this document will help to make clear the changes we will implement as a result of the COVID pandemic and may answer some of your questions. All of our planning and procedures has been based on the recent government guidance and publications. Our planning and procedures reflect guidance provided by latest Government advice, Public Health England, the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA). 

This document contains our main site operating procedures to help ensure we can operate and re-open our provision safely and some further guidance on medical procedures. Any additional questions can be directed to the nursery manager Joan Jobe who will do her best to assist you. You can contact Joan using the following methods

Email – kings.joan@icloud.com

Nursery phone – 0151 489 9999 (from 1st June)

Nursery mobile – 07881 309 416

 

We will continue to provide correspondence over the next few months by email to help keep you informed of activities and developments within the nursery. A copy of our site operating procedures and FAQ document can now also be found on the nursery website. Thank you for all your correspondence over the past few months. Please continue to send us updates about you child so we can maintain a link over the coming months. 

 

 

 

 

Children will be placed into bubbles or groups based on their age groups. Details of the individual bubbles will be provided prior to returning. 

Guidance relating to drop off and collection times may be reviewed. If this is the case, we issue further guidance in relation to this. 

 

 

Covid-19 What the latest science tells us

The above approach is underpinned by our latest understanding of the science, which indicates that we need to take a phased approach to limit the risk of increasing the rate of transmission (often referred to as R) above 1. We have factored in:

  • severity of disease in children – there is high scientific confidence that children of all ages have less severe symptoms than adults if they contract coronavirus
  • the age of children – there is moderately high scientific confidence that younger children are less likely to become unwell if infected with coronavirus
  • numbers of children going back – which needs to be limited initially then increased gradually as the science permits
  • systems to reduce the size of the groups coming into contact with each other – such as smaller class sizes spread out across settings

 

Please access the following link to read more about the government’s scientific advice. 

 

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/885631/Overview_of_scientific_advice_and_information_on_coronavirus_COVID19.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 Site Operating Procedures

The implementation of these precautionary measures is to reduce the spread of COVID-19 disease in the nursery. These considerations form Site Operating Procedures and are based on Public Health England and Department for Education guidance for educational settings and their key workers.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings

The fundamental principle of these procedures is to ensure physical distancing between identified groups and to implement good hygiene practices.  

Guidance from the Government will continue to be issued over the coming weeks and months, and we will constantly be reviewing its approach, implementing changes where necessary and updating our procedures. Parents will be notified of significant changes. 

Over the coming weeks and months, it will be important for parents and guardians to adhere to a number of guidelines, especially the following: 

  • Health
    No-one should enter the nursery building if they are displaying any symptoms of coronavirus and should be kept away from. As a reminder, these include: 
  • a High Temperature: this means you feel hot to touch on your chest of back (you do not need to measure your temperature, but if you are able to, a temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius or above is a high temperature; 
  • a New, Continuous Cough: this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual). 

 

  1. Arrival and collection of children

 

Due to the nature of the disease and the infection rate we have reviewed our arrival and collection procedures and will take the following steps to help prevent the spread of infection amongst children, staff and parents. 

 

Only children who are symptom free or have completed the required isolation period or achieved a negative test result are able to attend the setting.

 

On arrival to the nursery please ring the intercom and identify yourself and the child you are dropping off. A staff member will then come to the foyer area to collect your child. Parent’s will not be permitted to enter the main building until further notice. This is to promote the welfare of children and staff. 

 

Handwashing facilities are available in the main foyer area located in the toilet areas. Parents and children will need to wash their hands on entering the foyer area to help prevent the spread of infection. Children will be encouraged throughout the day to wash their hands at regular intervals and to follow good hygiene procedures. 

 

Hand sanitizer is also available by the internal doors for parents to use. 

 

A separate snuffle station has been set up for children to enable them to wipe their noses and access hand sanitisers. This has also been designed to help raise awareness of good hygiene procedures. 

 

Parents should avoid touching objects inside the building such as door handles and key pads. Staff will have a rota in place to ensure contact surfaces are cleaned regularly. 

 

If necessary, we may need to stagger arrival and collection times to help prevent groups of parents and children from gathering by the main door. We will advise parents to follow the rules on social distancing and stay two metres apart from other families whilst waiting to collect your child. Markers will be placed outside the front door to assist you with this. If there are no markers available to stand on, then please wait at a suitable distance or in your car until one becomes available. 

 

Children’s temperatures will be taken and recorded on arrival. Staff will careful monitor temperatures during the day and be vigilant for any other symptoms. 

 

2. Personal belongings and medications

 

To help prevent the spread of infection within the setting we will no longer allow any items to be left inside the foyer area including prams, car seats and bags. 

 

Children will also not be allowed to bring personal items into nursery such as toys and blankets. 

 

Provision will be made for other items such as bottles and soothers. These will need to be sterilized and placed into a zipped plastic bag before handing to a member of staff. Items will then remain in the nursery to help reduce the amount of people handling objects. Staff will follow sterilising procedures with these items each day to ensure they are suitably cleaned. The same process will be followed for milk, nappies and medicines. Please ensure these are placed in a named disposable bag. 

 

 

3. Physical distancing

 

The following procedures are based on the government’s guidance for social distancing in children settings. If the guidance changes we will update our procedures to reflect this and inform you of any changes. 

 

Due to the age of the children we care and the nature of the service this is going to be a difficult aspect of our planning and provision. It has been suggested that children are to remain in ‘bubbles’ or social groups whilst at the nursery. In practice this will mean that children remain in their own childcare rooms and stay amongst the same group of staff and children during the day. Children will not mix together for any sessions or whilst playing outdoors. This will not be far from the normal for the children as they would mainly spend the majority if their day in their own childcare room with key staff and age groups. 

The use of communal internal spaces will be restricted as much as possible

Outdoor spaces will be used by different ‘bubbles’ at different times of the day, a timetable will provide clear guidance of timings.

 

During mealtimes we will aim to sit children further apart to help reduce physical contact. 

Staff will monitor closely children’s interactions to help ensure they do not share cups or cutlery. For the time being we will also stop our normal routine of self-service during meal and snack times. 

 

During sleep times children’s individual sleep mats will also be spaced further apart by staff to help prevent contact. All children have their own laundry bag containing a sheet and blanket. Children will use their own items as normal and staff will wash these regularly in accordance with the NHS laundry guidelines. 

 

 

4. Personal Protective Equipment 

 

The current requirement states there is no need for staff to wear personal protective equipment whilst working in an Early Years setting. However, we have always provided staff with PPE including gloves and aprons for mealtimes and nappy changing. We will continue to adopt this approach to help promote good hygiene practices. Staff will also be required to wash their hands during regular intervals during the day such as before preparing or handling food or after wiping a child’s nose. A member of staff will be assigned the responsibility to monitor the settings supply of PPE and report to the manager. 

 

 

5. Handwashing and hygiene practices

 

All staff and children will be encouraged to follow good hygiene practices to help minimise the spread of infection. We will ensure that all adults and children:

 

    • frequently wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and dry thoroughly.  
    • clean their hands on arrival at the setting, before and after eating, and after sneezing or coughing
    • are encouraged not to touch their mouth, eyes and nose
    • use a tissue or elbow to cough or sneeze and use bins for tissue waste (‘catch it, bin it, kill it’)
    • ensure that help is available for children and young people who have trouble cleaning    their hands independently
  • consider how to encourage young children to learn and practise these habits through games, songs and repetition

 

Where sinks are not nearby, hand sanitizers will be provided.

 Disposal hand towels will be used.

The number of children accessing the bathroom areas will be limited to ensure toilets do not become overcrowded.

Staff will be required to wash their uniforms at the end of each day. 

 

6. Health questionnaires

 

Staff will be required to complete a health questionnaire before returning to work. They must be clear on the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and how to report these. Staff temperatures will be recorded each day and monitored. Periods of absence due to illness will be recorded and monitored to ensure required isolation periods have been followed. 

 

Returning children will also be required to complete a health questionnaire and declaration form. 

 

7. Travel 

Wherever possible staff and parents should travel to the nursery alone, using their own transport. Parents, Children and staff are encouraged to walk or cycle to nursery where possible.

If public transport is necessary, government guidance on the use of public transport must be followed including the avoidance of peak times.

Outings from the setting into the local community will be suspended until further notice.

 

 

8. Fees and Payment Methods

 

Fees are payable on or before the 1st of each month.  We aim to avoid cash or card payments where possible, our preferred method of payment is through the parent zone app or bacs payment. We have supported parents and carers during this difficult period by way of cancelling fees for April and May where the Government restricted attendance at nurseries.  From the 1st June we can welcome children back to nursery. We have made the decision not to charge for places not attended in June, decisions around charging for future months will be made on a month by month basis. Invoices for June will be due upon receipt we may invoice on a week by week basis throughout June.
Unfortunately, if fees are not up to date, we will be unable to accept your child into nursery.

 

9. Visitors

 

Attendance to the setting will be restricted to children and staff as far as practically possible and visitors will only be permitted to the nursery unless essential (e.g. essential building maintenance). Where essential visits are required these will be made outside of the usual nursery operational hours where possible.

Show Rounds and Nursery viewings will be limited and children’s ‘bubbles’ will be respected and maintained.

On these occasions the visitor’s temperature will be taken and recorded, and the person asked to wash hands on entry to the building.

 

10. Cleaning

 

A full deep clean of the nursery will be completed before reopening. 

An enhanced cleaning schedule will be implemented that includes furniture, surfaces and children’s toys.

Communal areas, touch points and hand washing facilities will be cleaned and sanitized regularly every day.

 

11. Waste Disposal 

 

All waste will be disposed of in a hygienic and safe manner

Tissues will be immediately disposed of, ensuring good respiratory hygiene - promote the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.

 

12. Laundry 

All items within the setting requiring laundering will be washed in line with NHS laundry guidelines

Items such as towels, flannels and bedding will not be shared by children and will be washed after use.

 

13. Risk Assessment 

 

All activities will be risk assessed and due consideration given to any adaptations to usual practice. This will include, but not be limited, to the suspension of learning experiences involving materials which are not easily washable such as malleable materials and the suspension of the sharing of food and utensils.

 

14. Building

 

Health & Safety checks will be conducted prior to reopening including legionnaires checks

Windows will be kept open where possible to ensure ventilation.

 

15. Resources

Children will not be permitted to bring items from home into the setting unless essential for their wellbeing. Where this is the case items will be appropriately cleaned upon arrival

Home learning resources such as story sacks, and lending library services will be suspended until further notice.

All resources required for play and learning experiences of children will be regularly washed and/or sterilized.

Soft furnishings, soft toys and toys that are hard to clean will be removed from rooms and other learning environments where there is space to store it elsewhere.

Equipment used by staff such as stationary, tablets etc. will be allocated to individual staff members where possible and cleaned regularly with alcohol wipes.

 

16. Procurement and monitoring

 

The setting will ensure an adequate supply of essential supplies and contingency plans are in place to minimize the impact of any shortages of supplies. The setting will not be able to operate without essential supplies required for ensuring infection control

A monitoring system for the usage of PPE is essential to ensure that a supply of stock is available to all who require it as and when required to meet the operational needs of the setting. 

In the case the supply of food is interrupted, procedures will be implemented to ensure the appropriate food alternatives are sourced and normal food safety and hygiene processes are followed.

 

17. Kitchen and Food Management 

 

Entrance to the kitchen will be restricted

All deliveries including food will be left at the entrance

Food will be delivered to rooms on trays, food to be served directly onto plates (suspension of children serving own foods)

If necessary, we will operate staggered sittings during mealtimes and adequate spacing between tables and chairs. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix – Medical Matters

 

 

Raised Temperature / Covid-19 Symptoms 

 

King’s Park Day Nursery is seeking to support our children and parents’ by providing a safe environment and a “phased return” to more children from 1st June. We will do this by informed risk assessment and decisions in the light of government guidance. 

 

Please don’t bring your child to School if you suspect that they have a high temperature (hot to touch, or over 37.8 degrees where measured) or a new, continuous cough. 

 

If any child on the nursery site becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, parents will be asked to collect them and advised to follow the following guidance

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

 

 

If you collect your child because they have a high temperature, (greater than 37.8 degrees) the public health advice continues to be that they should self-isolate for 7 days. All other household members should also self-isolate for 14 days. 

If they are unwell during this period, you should always call NHS 111 for further guidance and assessment, which MAY involve their being seen by a GP. 

 

Testing 

 

All staff and children who are attending an education or childcare setting from the 1st June will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus Covid-19. The process is quick and easy and can be arranged via the government website: 

 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested 

 

Please note that if the test is negative, guidelines state that they may return to nursery. 

If your child, or a staff member, tests positive, in accordance with the guidance the rest of their class/group will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that wider group do not need to self-isolate unless the child or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms. 

If you have any queries or concerns, please do contact Joan Jobe for advice or guidance. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Record for Suspected Case of COVID-19

 

 

 

Date: ………………………………………………………………………………………………………


Child’s Name: ............................................................................................

 

 

 

Date of Raised Temperature 

 

 

 

Date Sent Home 

 

 

 

Proposed Date to Return to Nursery

 

 

 

 

Covid Testing Discussed 

 

Yes / No 

 

Covid Testing Arranged 

 

Yes / No 

 

 

 

Outcome Of Test: .......................................................................................................................

 

Please notify Joan Jobe when you receive the results, so we can act accordingly. 

 

Action as a Result of the Test: 

 

ï  Please note that if the test is negative your child may return to nursery  

 

ï  If your child, or a staff member, tests positive, the rest of their group or ‘bubble’ will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that wider group do not need to self-isolate unless the child or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms. 

Date 

Age range attending 

Drop off times 

Collection times

Week commencing 1st June 2020

Phased return for children aged 3-4 

Normal operating hours apply

Normal operating hours apply

Week commencing 8th June 2020

Phased return for key worker children 

Normal operating hours apply

Normal operating hours apply

Week commencing 15th June 2020

Phased return for    2 year olds

Normal operating hours apply

Normal operating hours apply

Week commencing 22nd June 2020

Phased return for   0-2 year olds

Normal operating hours apply

Normal operating hours apply

Week commencing 29th June 2020

All age ranges attending 

 

 

Kings Park Day Nursery is an Outstanding rated, privately run day nursery in Knowsley, Merseyside. 

We offer expert care to children aged 3 months to 5 years.  

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Puma Court, Kings Business Park, Knowsley, L34 1PJ

0151 489 9999

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