QPS & BASC Covid guidelines

2nd August 2020

Document 8 Quarndon Preschool Covid-19 Guidance (Parents and Carers)

We are very happy to be able to welcome children back to Quarndon Preschool in accordance with government guidance.  It is really important that we work together to ensure that everyone is kept safe.  These guidelines ensure that everybody (including staff, parents and children) are fully aware of the precautionary measures being implemented to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections at the setting. 

From 20 July, early years settings are no longer required to keep children in small, consistent groups within settings, and we can return to normal group sizes. However, we still need to consider how we can minimise mixing within settings, for example where we are able to use different rooms for different age groups, keeping those groups apart as much as possible. We are lucky, at QPS, to have two separate rooms, as well as the outdoor space.   So, although we no longer need to keep children in ‘bubbles’ we feel that while we are able to do so we will keep children in small groups.  Once the autumn registers are complete, I will look at organising these groups and I will let you know which group your child is in and your drop off and pick up times.

Keeping our children and staff safe is our utmost priority.  Set out below are the preventions we will continue to adhere to.

Our Prevention:

1) We will minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend settings

2) We will clean hands thoroughly and more often than usual

3) We will ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach

4) We have introduced enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often using standard products, such as detergents and bleach

5) We will minimise contact between groups where possible

6) Where necessary, we will wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)

Risk assessments

A full risk assessment has been completed.  All staff are fully aware of its content and are confident in implementing it.

Our Commitment

–  We will ensure the setting has enough hand washing or hand sanitiser ‘stations’ available so that all children and staff can clean their hands regularly

    – We will supervise use of hand sanitiser use given risks around ingestion. Small children and those with complex needs will be helped to clean their hands properly. Skin friendly skin cleaning wipes can be used as an alternative

    – We will build these routines into our setting culture, and ensure younger children and those with complex needs understand the need to follow them

Attendance

Attendance for September is presently low and therefore we will have only a few children in.  As attendance figures increase, we will review our operation and procedure and adapt where necessary.  All staff will regularly encourage hand washing and remind children to catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue or in the inside of their elbow.  Within the bubbles children will be encouraged to keep a safe distance apart.

This will be reviewed in accordance with any changes to government advice and guidance.

Only children who are symptom free and/or have completed the required isolation period should attend the setting.

Symptoms you should be vigilantly looking for include:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • Loss of taste or smell

Please do not send your child to preschool if they present ANY Covid-19 symptoms, however mild or if they are generally unwell.  It could put other children, staff and parents at high risk of contracting the virus.

Drop off / Collection

Only parents who are symptom free and/or have completed the required isolation periods will be able to drop off or collect their child.

Only one parent (no additional family members) should drop off and pick up.

Start times for the different social bubble groups will be staggered.  Please ensure that your child is dropped off and collected at the time you have be allocated. You will be asked to drop your child off at the gates into the preschool’s outdoor play area. There will also be two-meter markers leading up to the gates to ensure social distancing is adhered to.  A member of staff will be present to receive your child as with normal drop off/collection routine.   You will be asked whether your child, or anyone in their household, is currently displaying any Covid-19 symptoms.

We ask that children do not bring in their own toys.

New Starters

We understand that parents of our new starters will of course want to help settle their son/daughter into pre-school.  The guidelines are still advising not to invite parents in.  If you feel your son/daughter will settle immediately without you, we are happy to take your child and our experienced staff will give your son/daughter the attention they need.  You will be contacted with regular updates.  If you feel your son/daughter will need some settling in visits it may be possible for you to stay with your child and stay within our outdoor area.   You will be given settling in days and times. The following guidelines MUST be followed while visiting the setting.

– If you are all unwell please notify Dawn before your visit

– Please sanitise hands before entering pre-school

– Please maintain a safe distance between staff and children

– Please follow the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach

– Please try not to touch equipment

– Please hand sanitise before you leave.

Physical Distancing /Grouping

From 20 July, early years settings are no longer required to keep children in small, consistent groups within settings but can return to normal group sizes.  We should still consider how we can minimise mixing within the setting, but with us being able to operating out of 3 area’s children will have lots of space and not confined to one room.

Hygiene and Health and Safety

All children and staff will have their hands sanitised before entering the pre-school building.

Children and staff will be washing their hands for 20-seconds at frequent intervals.

There will be an enhanced frequent cleaning schedule including furniture, surfaces and children’s toys and equipment.   Communal areas, touch points and toilet areas will be thoroughly cleaned.

Wherever possible, doors and windows will be opened to ensure all room are well ventilated.

Wellbeing and education

Whilst at preschool, children will be supported in age appropriate ways to understand how they can keep themselves and others safe.   This includes regular hand washing and coughing/sneezing into the crook of their arm.

Staff will also strive to help children understand the changes and challenges they may be encountering as a result of Covid-19.

Staff

Staff will all receive detailed and appropriate instructions and in-house training on how to minimise the risk of infection of Covid-19.  All staff will read and familiarise themselves with the detailed risk assessment which they will be adhering to and implementing.

Staff members will be allocated to each social bubble to minimise contact with the children in the other group.

Staff will not be wearing PPE during the normal preschool activities.   However, when dealing with certain care including administering first aid, nappy changes and toileting, staff will be required to wear visors, masks, apron and gloves.

Response to a suspected case in an adult

If anyone in the setting becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste of smell (anosmia), they will be sent home and advised to follow COVID-19 guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’, which sets out that they must self-isolate for at least 10 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19). Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.

 If the test is negative and staff are well and have no other symptoms they can usually return to work and other household members can also end their self-isolation.

If the test is positive, NHS Test and Trace will speak directly to those that you have been in contact with to offer advice. The advice may be that the rest of the setting, including all staff, children and parents should be advised to self-isolate for 14 days. Household members should always self-isolate at home. 

Response to suspected case in a child

If your child becomes unwell while at the setting, the we will call you immediately to come and collect them. While your child is awaiting collection, they will be kept separately from others by a distance of at least 2 metres, ideally in a well-ventilated room with appropriate adult supervision. The adult will wear full PPE.  When you collect your child you should take them straight home; do not visit the GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre or a hospital. In an emergency, call 999 if they are seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk.

Your child should then self-isolate for 10 days and you should arrange a test for them as soon as possible to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19). You can do this by visiting NHS.UK or contact NHS 119 via telephone if you do not have internet access. You and other fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days.

The member/s of staff who helped the child with suspected symptoms does not need to go home to self-isolate. However, they must self-isolate and arrange for a test if they develop symptoms themselves (in which case, they should arrange a test), if the symptomatic person subsequently tests positive (see below) or they have been requested to do so by NHS Test and Trace.

If your child tests negative, they can usually return to the setting and the fellow household members can end their self-isolation subject to confirmation from local health protection professionals.

If your child tests negative but is unwell, they should not return to the setting until they are recovered.

If your child tests positive, NHS Test and Trace will speak directly to those that have been in contact with your child to offer advice. This advice may be that the rest of their group within the setting should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. Household members should always self-isolate at home.  The staff that as been allocated to this group will also have to self-isolate for 14 days.

Please ensure that your contact details are up to date and that you are contactable at all times.

Travel

It is advised that, wherever possible, parents should travel to the preschool alone and use their own transport.

I have read and understand the QPS Covid-19 guidance

Parent/Carer………………………………  Date:……………………..

Signature …………………………………

On behalf of all the QPS staff and committee, I would like to thank you for the important role you will play in minimizing any risk of infection.

Document 8 Quarndon Preschool Covid-19 Guidance (Parents and Carers)

We are very happy to be able to welcome children back to Quarndon Preschool in accordance with government guidance.  It is really important that we work together to ensure that everyone is kept safe.  These guidelines ensure that everybody (including staff, parents and children) are fully aware of the precautionary measures being implemented to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections at the setting. 

From 20 July, early years settings are no longer required to keep children in small, consistent groups within settings, and we can return to normal group sizes. However, we still need to consider how we can minimise mixing within settings, for example where we are able to use different rooms for different age groups, keeping those groups apart as much as possible. We are lucky, at QPS, to have two separate rooms, as well as the outdoor space.   So, although we no longer need to keep children in ‘bubbles’ we feel that while we are able to do so we will keep children in small groups.  Once the autumn registers are complete, I will look at organising these groups and I will let you know which group your child is in and your drop off and pick up times.

Keeping our children and staff safe is our utmost priority.  Set out below are the preventions we will continue to adhere to.

Our Prevention:

1) We will minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend settings

2) We will clean hands thoroughly and more often than usual

3) We will ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach

4) We have introduced enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often using standard products, such as detergents and bleach

5) We will minimise contact between groups where possible

6) Where necessary, we will wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)

Risk assessments

A full risk assessment has been completed.  All staff are fully aware of its content and are confident in implementing it.

Our Commitment

–  We will ensure the setting has enough hand washing or hand sanitiser ‘stations’ available so that all children and staff can clean their hands regularly

    – We will supervise use of hand sanitiser use given risks around ingestion. Small children and those with complex needs will be helped to clean their hands properly. Skin friendly skin cleaning wipes can be used as an alternative

    – We will build these routines into our setting culture, and ensure younger children and those with complex needs understand the need to follow them

Attendance

Attendance for September is presently low and therefore we will have only a few children in.  As attendance figures increase, we will review our operation and procedure and adapt where necessary.  All staff will regularly encourage hand washing and remind children to catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue or in the inside of their elbow.  Within the bubbles children will be encouraged to keep a safe distance apart.

This will be reviewed in accordance with any changes to government advice and guidance.

Only children who are symptom free and/or have completed the required isolation period should attend the setting.

Symptoms you should be vigilantly looking for include:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • Loss of taste or smell

Please do not send your child to preschool if they present ANY Covid-19 symptoms, however mild or if they are generally unwell.  It could put other children, staff and parents at high risk of contracting the virus.

Drop off / Collection

Only parents who are symptom free and/or have completed the required isolation periods will be able to drop off or collect their child.

Only one parent (no additional family members) should drop off and pick up.

Start times for the different social bubble groups will be staggered.  Please ensure that your child is dropped off and collected at the time you have be allocated. You will be asked to drop your child off at the gates into the preschool’s outdoor play area. There will also be two-meter markers leading up to the gates to ensure social distancing is adhered to.  A member of staff will be present to receive your child as with normal drop off/collection routine.   You will be asked whether your child, or anyone in their household, is currently displaying any Covid-19 symptoms.

We ask that children do not bring in their own toys.

New Starters

We understand that parents of our new starters will of course want to help settle their son/daughter into pre-school.  The guidelines are still advising not to invite parents in.  If you feel your son/daughter will settle immediately without you, we are happy to take your child and our experienced staff will give your son/daughter the attention they need.  You will be contacted with regular updates.  If you feel your son/daughter will need some settling in visits it may be possible for you to stay with your child and stay within our outdoor area.   You will be given settling in days and times. The following guidelines MUST be followed while visiting the setting.

– If you are all unwell please notify Dawn before your visit

– Please sanitise hands before entering pre-school

– Please maintain a safe distance between staff and children

– Please follow the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach

– Please try not to touch equipment

– Please hand sanitise before you leave.

Physical Distancing /Grouping

From 20 July, early years settings are no longer required to keep children in small, consistent groups within settings but can return to normal group sizes.  We should still consider how we can minimise mixing within the setting, but with us being able to operating out of 3 area’s children will have lots of space and not confined to one room.

Hygiene and Health and Safety

All children and staff will have their hands sanitised before entering the pre-school building.

Children and staff will be washing their hands for 20-seconds at frequent intervals.

There will be an enhanced frequent cleaning schedule including furniture, surfaces and children’s toys and equipment.   Communal areas, touch points and toilet areas will be thoroughly cleaned.

Wherever possible, doors and windows will be opened to ensure all room are well ventilated.

Wellbeing and education

Whilst at preschool, children will be supported in age appropriate ways to understand how they can keep themselves and others safe.   This includes regular hand washing and coughing/sneezing into the crook of their arm.

Staff will also strive to help children understand the changes and challenges they may be encountering as a result of Covid-19.

Staff

Staff will all receive detailed and appropriate instructions and in-house training on how to minimise the risk of infection of Covid-19.  All staff will read and familiarise themselves with the detailed risk assessment which they will be adhering to and implementing.

Staff members will be allocated to each social bubble to minimise contact with the children in the other group.

Staff will not be wearing PPE during the normal preschool activities.   However, when dealing with certain care including administering first aid, nappy changes and toileting, staff will be required to wear visors, masks, apron and gloves.

Response to a suspected case in an adult

If anyone in the setting becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste of smell (anosmia), they will be sent home and advised to follow COVID-19 guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’, which sets out that they must self-isolate for at least 10 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19). Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.

 If the test is negative and staff are well and have no other symptoms they can usually return to work and other household members can also end their self-isolation.

If the test is positive, NHS Test and Trace will speak directly to those that you have been in contact with to offer advice. The advice may be that the rest of the setting, including all staff, children and parents should be advised to self-isolate for 14 days. Household members should always self-isolate at home. 

Response to suspected case in a child

If your child becomes unwell while at the setting, the we will call you immediately to come and collect them. While your child is awaiting collection, they will be kept separately from others by a distance of at least 2 metres, ideally in a well-ventilated room with appropriate adult supervision. The adult will wear full PPE.  When you collect your child you should take them straight home; do not visit the GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre or a hospital. In an emergency, call 999 if they are seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk.

Your child should then self-isolate for 10 days and you should arrange a test for them as soon as possible to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19). You can do this by visiting NHS.UK or contact NHS 119 via telephone if you do not have internet access. You and other fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days.

The member/s of staff who helped the child with suspected symptoms does not need to go home to self-isolate. However, they must self-isolate and arrange for a test if they develop symptoms themselves (in which case, they should arrange a test), if the symptomatic person subsequently tests positive (see below) or they have been requested to do so by NHS Test and Trace.

If your child tests negative, they can usually return to the setting and the fellow household members can end their self-isolation subject to confirmation from local health protection professionals.

If your child tests negative but is unwell, they should not return to the setting until they are recovered.

If your child tests positive, NHS Test and Trace will speak directly to those that have been in contact with your child to offer advice. This advice may be that the rest of their group within the setting should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. Household members should always self-isolate at home.  The staff that as been allocated to this group will also have to self-isolate for 14 days.

Please ensure that your contact details are up to date and that you are contactable at all times.

Travel

It is advised that, wherever possible, parents should travel to the preschool alone and use their own transport.

I have read and understand the QPS Covid-19 guidance

Parent/Carer………………………………  Date:……………………..

Signature …………………………………

On behalf of all the QPS staff and committee, I would like to thank you for the important role you will play in minimizing any risk of infection.

Dawn

Dawn