COVID-19 Safety Measures
The safety of your child, the team and families during the current Corona Virus outbreak is our main focus. We are following Government advice and will be guided by them and the science, following that to keep safe whilst being flexible and supporting children back to nursery.
We’ll be regularly monitoring the situation and will update procedures as and when advised and guided.
We have devised procedures that we will all need to follow so that your children can start to return to nursery from 1st June.
- Only our team and children are allowed in the building.
- Please keep 2m apart when waiting outside and follow our signage.
- Everyone entering the building must wash their hands.
- Every room will have small groups of children cared for by the same team members with no contact with other groups or team members for now.
- We can’t social distance young children, the guidance says we must keep them in small consistent groups with the same peers & team.
- All of our team have completed a Covid19 safety course to ensure they are aware of how to stay safe.
- We’re washing our hands more frequently and we’re wiping down high use areas more frequently too.
- Rooms will be adapted to ensure we can clean them effectively and we’ve removed any toys or furnishings that are trickier to clean.
- Every evening our cleaners will complete a thorough deep clean of all areas.
- We are ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ method.
- If a child or member of the team has a new persistent cough and/or temperature of 37.8 or above they will be sent home to self-isolate for 7 days.
- The team will still comfort children as we fully recognise they need reassurance and hugs.
- PPE will only be worn when caring for a child who is unwell as per guidance, keeping nursery ‘normal’ is important whilst staying safe.
You can read our COVID-19 policies here (PDF)
On arrival at nursery
There will be clear and visible signage telling you what to do. Examples are visible here on this page. Once you have arrived at your nursery’s car park, ensure you follow social distancing rules until you reach the first sign approaching the entrance of your nursery.
Then follow the guidance as set out on that sign and by the team.
Picking up your child
Ensure you adhere to the same social distancing rules that you observed on arrival. Your child will be brought out to you at the door.
This is a new way of working for us all. However, we have to be guided by the Government and their advice. We may learn something new each day and so will keep everyone updated with regular updates on our Facebook page and memo’s.
We have also published some FAQs – frequently asked questions – and will continue to add to these as more things come to light so that you can be as fully informed as possible. If you have a question that is not answered below, please contact us.
What is your approach to operating nurseries during the pandemic?
Our priority is the safety of our team, children and their families. We are following the government guidance and continue to be led by this, updating our procedures as we need to. We will continue to introduce new measures to ensure we are meeting the requirements set out by the NHS, Public Health England and Department for Education.
Do I have to pay fees whilst my child is staying at home?
No, we have not charged parents from 1st April as we understand this is a very difficult time for everyone and we do not want to add any further pressure. If you decide not to re-enrol straight away then your child’s place will be frozen until you decide you want to return. Places cannot be held open indefinitely as I am sure you can appreciate we need to get our full team back to work. Should another family apply for your place, we will contact you to offer it to you first.
What safety measures will be in place for my child’s return to nursery?
In line with current recommendations we have put many additional measures in place to keep everyone safe which include nursery access restrictions, social distancing for our team and enhanced hygiene practices. We’re also following the below:
• Only our team and children are allowed in the building.
• Please keep 2m apart when waiting outside and follow our signage.
• Everyone entering the building must wash their hands.
• Every room will have small groups of children cared for by the same team members and there will be no contact with other groups or team members for now.
• We cannot social distance young children, the guidance says we must keep them in small consistent groups with the same peers and team.
• All of our team have completed a Covid19 safety course to ensure they are aware of how to stay safe.
• We’re washing our hands more frequently and we’re wiping down high use areas more frequently too.
• Rooms will be adapted to ensure we can clean them effectively and we’ve removed any toys or furnishings that are trickier to clean for now.
• Every evening our cleaners will complete a thorough deep clean of all areas.
• We are ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ method.
• If a child or member of the team has a new persistent cough and/or temperature of 37.8 or above they will be sent home to self-isolate for 7 days.
• The team will still comfort children as we fully recognise they need reassurance and hugs.
• The team will only wear PPE when caring for a child who is unwell, we want to keep nursery as normal and fun as we can whilst following the Government’s advice.
How will you be managing social distancing requirements?
At drop off and pick up times we are asking parents to maintain a 2m distance whilst waiting for a team member to greet you. We will welcome your child at the door, take them to wash their hands and start our day. At the end of the day, we will bring your child to you and hand over at the door. Signage at the nurseries will help guide you.
Children will be cared for in small consistent groups, children and staff from other groups will not mix for now. We have made changes to our indoor environments and the organisation of activities to encourage children to naturally use all areas of the room, rather than congregate in one area. Outdoor play will be limited to one group at a time. We have also looked at our staff areas and provided guidance to our team on how to implement social distancing in the nursery. We recognise that social distancing for our nurseries represents a challenge for young children who like close contact with adults and other children and we want to reassure you that we won’t stop hugging children when they need a cuddle or some reassurance.
How are you managing access to the nursery?
Non-essential visitors are not permitted at the nursery, only our team and children will be allowed inside for now.
Will staff be wearing PPE such as masks?
We want to make nursery feel as normal as possible for everyone whilst keeping everyone safe and for that reason, staff will only wear PPE when very close contact with an unwell child is required during the day and they need to be isolated whist awaiting collection. Staff can wear PPE throughout the day if they wish to.
Are staff being tested?
In line with the current government guidelines staff do not need to be routinely tested at this stage. Staff and children can be tested if they display symptoms and we can provide support with this should we need to.
What additional cleaning and hygiene processes are you putting in place?
We will be 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, toys and children’s resources, light switches, taps, toilet flushes, sinks, countertops, handrails and banisters. We have removed activities which could pose a risk for cross contamination, such as play dough and sand / water trays. As well as ensuring that staff and children are cleaning hands more often than usual, we are ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach to any coughs or sneezes. Children will be supported to ensure they wash their hands thoroughly.
What happens if a child or staff member becomes ill during the nursery day?
If children or staff develop any symptoms such as a new continuous cough or a high temperature of 37.8°C we will take immediate action. Staff will be asked to return home immediately, self-isolate and seek a test. For children we have a dedicated isolation area where they will be taken and cared for by a member of staff who is known to them until a parent can come and collect them. No staff member who has COVID-19 symptoms, (or who has a member of their family displaying symptoms) will be admitted into the nursery until they have either completed self-isolation in line with government guidance or have had a test and tested negative.
How will you support children’s understanding of the new measures and practices?
We’ll continue with our regular hand washing and talk about the importance of good hygiene practices, this forms part of our daily routine outside of a pandemic and we have posters to enforce this message.
Will my child’s key person remain the same?
We will endeavour where possible not to change a child’s key person: however, due to the need to reduce group sizes and the fact that many of our team remain furloughed, we do anticipate that for some children this could mean a key person change. If this is necessary, we will communicate with families as changes are made.
Will you continue to plan activities for my child or are you operating as a creche?
We will allow children some time to settle back into nursery and begin our normal process of observing and planning for each individual child, ensuring that all children remain engaged and are making good progress. We will continue to follow the EYFS and ensure that children are accessing provision for the 7 areas of learning.
How will you settle children back to nursery routine?
We will always ensure we take each individual child’s needs into account when settling into nursery and comfort children if they become upset. We’ll be asking parents to let us know if there have been any changes to their child’s routine / diet / medical needs that we need to know about.
What if my child is poorly (not COVID-19 related) do they have to stay away?
We ask parents to retain their usual vigilance around not sending their child to nursery if unwell, unless it is a very minor illness. Please speak to your nursery manager if in any doubt.
Will the nursery retain its usual opening times?
The nursery will operate as closely as possible to its usual schedule, we ask for patience around drop off and pick up in order to comply with social distancing and to avoid the busy periods.
Signage you will see on arriving at the nursery
Please ensure you follow these instructions to help us maintain everyone’s safety.