1. What safety measures do we have in place?
We have adapted our safety measures in many ways. We have social distancing animal footprint markers down our main path, staff wear face coverings whilst moving around the building. We wear face coverings when talking to parents at a distance, outside and receiving or returning children. Door staff anti-bacterial gel their hands in-between each child entering or leaving the nursery. All staff wash their hands on entering the nursery, before they return to their room after breaks or lunch & frequently during the day. All staff take their temperature upon arrival also!
We clean our toys that have been in use at the end of each session. Frequently touched areas are cleaned regularly and we have a very good onsite cleaner.
We have purchased cleaning devices, a pump spray & a fogging device! The pump spray cleans all outside equipment, and the ‘fogger’ machine is used regularly in all rooms & areas of the nursery. The ‘fogger’ claims to settle on ALL surfaces and is proven to kill coronavirus! This system was recommended to all nurseries by NDNA (National Day Nurseries Association).
We ask for all items (spare clothes, nappies and wipes etc) to be brought in a plastic carrier bag that we can wipe over with antibacterial wipes and that bag is then kept at nursery. We only ask for you to replenish when low, to avoid transmission to and from home. We ask for all lunches to be brought in, in a plastic lunch box, as staff have to clean these with an antibacterial wipe, if these aren’t fully plastic we can’t ensure they are clean, when it comes into nursery!
We also have a very lengthy COVID-19 risk assessment in place, which all staff have read & adhere to at all times!
All current staff working in the nursery are being tested twice a week with a lateral flow tests, to ensure the upmost safety.
Temperatures are being taken of all children, at the door upon arrival.
2. How are you managing drop off, collections and social distancing?
We have animal footprint social distancing markers on the floor to our main entrance; arrive on the left and leave on the right hand side. Our baby room now has their own entrance/exit, but it is only a one path way and signs asking you to wait until the path is clear before you enter. We have staggered drop off and collection times at the main entrance so that we ensure it is not too busy at any one time & try to keep waiting time to a minimum.
3. How are you monitoring the health and wellbeing of children and parents?
When attending nursery all wellbeing is monitored as normal.
We are asking that no child attends nursery if they are not 100% well (this includes a mild cold, rash etc) as there are so many symptoms of coronavirus & we can’t count anything out.
In the event of a lockdown we are calling our families, of those not currently attending, regularly to monitor the parents and children’s wellbeing & signposting or offering support where necessary.
We are posting activity ideas on to iconnect/parentzone weekly, for parents to view and take part in if they wish but this is not compulsory.
We are constantly reminding parents that we are here if anyone needs to talk or need advice.
4. What happens if a child or staff member becomes ill at nursery?
If a child becomes ill at nursery we will remove the child with a member of staff away from the other children & remaining staff whilst waiting to be collected & the parent will be called to collect their child immediately & to get a COVID-19 test & to let us know the result as soon as they know! If a staff member becomes ill, they are sent home immediately & asked to get a test before returning to nursery.
5. What if my child is poorly? i.e. not Covid related?
If your child becomes unwell at all, we are asking you to not bring them to nursery but if you are unsure at all, then please call for clarification. The coronavirus strain is mutating and therefore we are finding that new symptoms other than the temperature, anosmia and cough are arising. Some children have had headaches, a sore throat, a rash, sickness and diarrhoea, etc, but as none of us are doctors, we don’t know what is or isn’t Coronavirus without being tested. So to ensure that everyone is kept safe, if your child is unwell at all we are asking that they DO NOT attend nursery! We may ask you to take your child for a coronavirus test before your child returns, to ensure they are negative.
6. What happens if there is a confirmed case of Coronavirus at nursery?
If we have a positive case from nursery and the child has attended within the previous 2 days before their positive test result (this is guidance from the DFE) then we have to inform all parents of children that were in with that child and that their child needs to isolate! This will be done by telephone and followed up with an email. All staff that was in with that child also needs to isolate, hence we may have to close the room. All other children that are attending the nursery will also get an email informing them that there has been a positive case at nursery.
We then have to report the case to the DFE (Department for Education), Ofsted and ECC (Essex County Council). If we have two children that test positive within the nursery, this is classed as an outbreak and the whole nursery will have to close for up to 10 days.
If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to answer any queries!
We are still operating and open to children throughout the coronavirus pandemic, however, our numbers are restricted due to government guidelines. If you would like your child to attend with us, please contact us for more information :)