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COVID-19 POLICY

 

Subject to Change and Reviewed Weekly

 

Last Updated: Friday, 14h January 2022

 

Latest advice from the Department for Education:

 

From Monday, 17th January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6..

 

The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.

 

If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.

 

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.

 

Anyone over the age of 18 years and 6 months who is not vaccinated, must isolate in line with government guidelines if they are a close contact of a positive case.

 

We receive new advice from the Government, every week and we wanted to provide you with the practical information.  We appreciate the material is long and involved, but we feel it is important you are as informed as possible, hopefully providing some reassurance to you.  A full School risk assessment has been carried out and is updated when there are updates, and can be found on the parents portal.

 

The outlined measures will be reviewed and changed when required, following all Department for Education and Government guidelines in relation to Early Years Settings.

 

From now, education and childcare settings (i.e. schools, colleges and nurseries) will no
longer carry out routine contact tracing. From this point onwards, close contacts will be
identified and contacted by NHS Test and Trace.


As with positive cases in any other setting, NHS Test and Trace will speak with the individual
who has tested positive – or, depending on their age, their parent or legal guardian – to identify
close contacts.
• Contacts within schools, colleges and nurseries will only be traced by NHS Test and Trace
where the positive case specifically identifies the individual as having close contact. NHS
contact tracers will provide support on how to identify a close contact. The setting will not
routinely be contacted to provide details of close contacts.
• Schools, colleges and nurseries may be contacted in exceptional cases to help with identifying
close contacts where there is a local outbreak, as currently happens in managing other
infectious diseases.
• Symptomatic individuals, and those who record a positive test, will still need to isolate in line
with current guidance

 

CONTACT TRACING JOURNEY 

For Children and young people in education and child care settings 

 

1. Symptomatic or Positive Test - A child is symptomatic or records a positive LFD test with NHS Test and Trace (T&T)

2. Isolation - The individual isolates immediately and orders a confirmatory PCR test as soon as possible

3 Result notification - The child/family is contacted by NHS T&T with the test result. If it is positive, the individual MUST continue to self-isolate. The child/family should inform their nursery.

4. Contact Tracing - NHS T&T contact tracers will then contact positive case - or their parent or legal guardian if they are under 18 years - to identify close contacts.

5. Questions - NHS T&T will ask a series of questions to help the individual identify any close contacts

6. Contact Details - where known contact details of the identified close contacts will be passed to the contact tracers

7. Advice to Contacts - NHS T&T will get in touch with close contacts and advise them to self-isolate in line with current guidance. 

8. Local Outbreak - Education and childcare settings maybe contacted by their Local Health Protection team if there is an Outbreak. If there is an outbreak (5 cases or 10% of cases), we will refer to our contingency framework. 

 

Self-isolation rules for close contacts in all settings changed on 16th August. 

 

1. Close contacts who are fully vaccinated or those under 18 will not need to self-isolate

2. All close contacts will be advised to take a PCR test – you should encourage anyone identified as a close contact to do this

3. Individuals identified as close contacts will not need to self-isolate while they are awaiting the results of their test

4. If the PCR result is positive, the individual must isolate and NHS Test and Trace will work with them to identify any close contacts

 

Control Measures

 

This is the set of actions early years settings should take. 

 

1) Ensure good hygiene for everyone. 

2) Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes, using standard products such as detergents.

3) Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.

4) Follow Public Health advice on testing, self- isolation and managing confirmed cases of Covid-19.

 

Ensure good hygiene for everyone:

 

Hand hygiene 

Frequent and thorough hand cleaning should now be regular practice. You should continue to ensure children clean their hands regularly. This can be done with soap and water or hand sanitiser. 

 

Respiratory hygiene

The 'Catch it, bin it, kill it' approach continues to be very important.

 

Parents Information

 

Drop Off and Collection for September 

  • ONLY one Parent or Carer will drop off at door opening times below. One parent is permitted to take their child to their classroom.
  • Parents are to wear a face covering when inside the building. 
  • All children will use hand sanitiser upon arrival and will wash their hands for 20 seconds as soon as possible.
  • The Head, Deputy Head or Deputy in Training will be on door duty and a class teacher will be in the classroom to greet your child and, when required, Miss Rachel or Miss Emer.
  • Parents must inform us if they are collecting at an undesignated time and they will need to wait at the front door, until a member of staff can bring their child to them.
  • Our Pippa Pop-ins team may wear a visor to greet parents if they wish. Visors may be worn when a child displays COVID-19 symptoms, and, where possible, a Teacher would self-isolate with the child and wear full PPE.
  • If a child is symptomatic (e.g. cough, fever etc) – then a PCR test is needed – PHE advise the parent, for a child under 5, to call 111 – more info can be found at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/coronavirus-in-children/

 

Morning Session Drop Off         8.00 am - 9.15 am

 

Morning Session Collection        1.45am - 2.15 pm

 

Transition

1.45 pm - 2.00 pm

Dragonflies

2.00 pm - 2.15 pm

Tiddly Pops

2.00 pm - 2.15 pm

 

Afternoon Session Drop Off        2.15 pm - 2.30 pm

 

Afternoon Session Collection      5.30 pm - 6.00 pm

 

In School

  • Parents need to understand that it is impossible for under 5’s to socially distance within classrooms or in the garden/park.
  • The dining rooms at 5KP and 165 will be used for older Dragonflies and Transition classes, Tiddly Pops and younger Dragonflies are eating lunch or tea in their classrooms. Once the children have had their lunch or tea, the housekeepers will clean the meal time area.
  • For those children that sleep at school, Parents are asked to provide comforters in a labelled, wipeable and zipped bag.
  • We ask Parents to provide a water bottle for Dragonflies and Transition – this MUST be named.
  • Dragonflies is one academic year cohort as is Transition.
  • Parents must not bring children to Pippa Pop-ins if they are experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus. (Covid-19).  They must follow the NHS Guidelines on self isolation. 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/

  • If a child at Pippa Pop-ins is displaying a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste, Parents will be asked to collect their child, as soon as possible.  Please note your child will be isolated (where possible) with a teacher wearing PPE during this time.
  • We ask you to check your child’s temperature before attending and please do not give your child Calpol before Nursery.
  • Any Parent whose child says they have had Calpol will be called to confirm this information.
  • Parents should call 111 for children under 5 who have suspected Coronavirus symptoms (or 119).
  • Children and families will access testing if they have suspected symptoms and will follow procedures accordingly if diagnosed with COVID-19. 
  • Parents will inform Pippa Pop-ins immediately of any confirmed cases of Coronavirus within their household.
  • If a member of your household requires a COVID-19 test, you must follow NHS guidance.
  • Parents must ensure they have provided Pippa Pop-ins with three contacts whilst their child is at nursery, with up to date mobiles and email addresses.
  • If there is an emergency with your child, Pippa Pop-ins will call 999.
  • If a child is tested positive, parents should email covidpositive@pippapopins.com

 

Symptoms explained (taken from Public Health England Guidance for Early Years)

  • “A high temperature. This means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature, but if you do, we could define a high temperature as 37.8 degrees Celsius or above).
  • 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).
  • A loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell.”

 

Teething information (taken from Public Health England Guidance for Early Years)

  • “We recognise that this is difficult for early years settings, and for families with young children where they have coughs, or temperatures particularly over the winter season. It is however difficult to distinguish COVID-19 symptoms from other related viruses without a test. Therefore, if a child has any of the three symptoms of COVID-19, including a temperature, they need to get a test. Suspicion of teething as a cause of temperature is not enough to allow a child to remain in the setting.”

 

Travel

  • Where possible Parents will avoid public transport and encourage children to walk/cycle/scoot to Pippa Pop-ins.
  • Any family who goes overseas and returns to the UK is required to follow the Government guidelines regarding quarantine and PCR testing.
  • Families must follow Government guidelines on travelling and adhere to the rules for their child to return to nursery.
  • For more information, please visit:

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic (publishing.service.gov.uk) 

 

Hygiene

  • Children will use the sanitiser prior to entry to the Nursery and thoroughly wash their hands before playing or touching toys.
  • Children will wash their hands frequently throughout the day and before eating.
  • There will be no handshaking.
  • Regular teaching sessions on hygiene, handwashing, and the spread of germs, will take place to support children’s understanding.  Visual resources such as signs, as well as songs, games and stories will assist with this.
  • Children should be wearing clean clothes every day to minimize the risk of transmission.

 

School Curriculum

  • The children will have a happy learning experience and focus on the Early Years Foundation areas and Montessori experiences implemented throughout the day.
  • Extra-curricular activities - teachers will take twice weekly lateral flow tests and follow our Covid 19 policy guidelines.
  • At 165 New Kings Road the dining room may be used for extra-curricular activities for Dragonflies and Transition when the weather is not suitable for garden lessons. 
  • The children will continue to go to the park, ensuring  guidelines are followed.
  • Regular teaching sessions on hygiene, handwashing and the spread of germs, will take place to support children’s understanding.  Songs, games and stories will assist with this.

 

Home Possessions

  • Children should be using their gingham bags for their spare clothes. If a child needs an additional bag brought to nursery, it should be waterproof and easy to wipe down.
  • For children who have a comforter at sleep time, we would ask Parents to provide this in a labelled, wipeable and zipped bag.
  • Chatterboxes will be sent home weekly, to continue communication and parent partnership, with a wipe-clean cover.

 

Sickness in School

  • If a child is displaying COVID-19 symptoms, they will be isolated in a room (where possible) or in the garden, with a familiar adult, until they can be collected. This area would be immediately and thoroughly cleaned.
  • The staff member will wear PPE; an apron, gloves and a visor/facemask. 
  • All staff and children who are attending the Nursery, will have access to a test if they display symptoms of Coronavirus.  Please visit, https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-testedWhere the child or staff member tests negative, they can return to the Nursery.  
  • A confirmed case or outbreak will be reported to the Department for Education and childcare settings, which is a dedicated advice service for Nurseries and Schools. (NHS Business Services Authority). We will follow any action required.
  • We understand that side effects of children taking a vaccination or teething, may be similar to COVID-19 symptoms.

- Early Childhood vaccines may cause a mild fever in children; this is a common and expected reaction, and isolation is not required unless coronavirus (COVID-19) is suspected. If a child develops a fever, after having a vaccination, whilst attending Pippa Pop-ins, we will ask the parent to collect their child to monitor this and seek advice from their GP or NHS 111.

- Whilst teething can cause some known side effects such as flushed cheeks and sore gums, NHS guidelines state that fever is not a symptom of teething and therefore a Covid test is required.

Our Pippa Pop-ins illness policy will continue with all other childhood ailments.

 

Staff

On Arrival

  • The Head, Deputy Head or Deputy in Training will be on door duty
  • All Staff will use hand sanitiser upon arrival and will wash their hands for 20 seconds as soon as possible.
  • Staff are to wear a mask or visor when in communal areas and moving around the building.

 

Signs, Symptoms and Illness

  • All staff will be having COVID-19 lateral flow tests, on Wednesday mornings and Monday mornings, twice weekly, for the foreseeable future.
  • The Head of School will record test results on a spreadsheet each Monday and Wednesday morning.
  • If a staff member takes the LFT at home and tests positive, a confirmatory PCR test is needed and they must self-isolate while they await their results. 
  • If the PCR result is negative – then self-isolation can stop for the individual.
  • If the PCR test result is positive – Follow NHS guidance T&T guidance. The individual must continue to self-isolate.  
  • Any staff experiencing symptoms will take a PCR test and follow NHS guidance on isolation (unless tested negative) and inform the Nursery.
  • All staff and children who are attending the Nursery, will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus.  Please visit, https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested
  • Where the child or staff member tests negative, they can return to the Nursery. 
  • Where a staff member tests positive, they will be advised to engage with the NHS Test and Trace process. 
  • Parents can email Pippa Pop-ins at any time at covidpositive@pippapopins.com if a child has a positive result.
  • Staff will use the 111 online Coronavirus service for additional information if needed.
  • Parents will be notified of any confirmed cases of Coronavirus via our email or text system.
  • A confirmed case or outbreak will be reported to the Department for Education and childcare settings, which is a dedicated advice service for Nurseries and Schools.  We will follow any action required by Public Health or our Local Health Protection Team
  • Staff will be provided with PPE for use in the Nursery, should a child become unwell (masks, gloves and aprons).

 

Travel

  • Where possible staff who can will avoid Public Transport, however we understand that there may be no other option.

 

Cleaning

  • Pippa Pop-ins housekeepers and chefs will clean the kitchens, dining rooms, surfaces, taps, door handles and all nursery areas with anti-bacterial products throughout the day.
  • Staff will support this by cleaning bannisters and gates after use, using anti-bacterial wipes.
  • Each classroom have their own resources and other resources maybe used if they are thoroughly cleaned.

 

Communication between Teachers and Parents 

  • Staff will upload more photographs (snapshots) or videos on Tapestry, to ensure Parents can communicate effectively with their key teacher.
  • One parent can collect their child from the classrooms to receive a short handover, if they collect at the designated collection times. If they collect outside of this time, their child will be brought to them and a handover may not be possible, as the teachers will need to get back to their classrooms. 

 

Social Distancing

  • Staff to wipe down communal area resources after use, including kettles, microwave, printer, photocopier, phones and work stations.
  • If staff members wish to visors, they can.

 

Hygiene

  • All staff will follow the measures set out in the control measures from the Government guidance to minimise the risks of transmission.
  • All staff must clean hands thoroughly and more often than usual.
  • All staff will ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
  • As normal practice, staff will use gloves and aprons for changing children (potty training, changing nappies and changing wet clothes).
  • As far as possible puppets, furnishings, mats and soft toys will be risk assessed whilst in the classroom.
  • There will be NO shaking hands.
  • We will ensure that the schools are well ventilated and windows are opened.

 

Individual Circumstances

  • Staff who are concerned, including those who may be clinically vulnerable, clinically extremely vulnerable or who believe they may be at possible increased risk from coronavirus, will discuss their circumstances and risk assessments will be carried out, adjusting where necessary and reassuring staff about the protective measures in place.

 

Please note that further helpful information can be found by following the links below. 

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures 

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/safe-working-in-education-childcare-and-childrens-social-care

 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/coronavirus-in-children/

 

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

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