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COVID-19 POLICY

 

Subject to Change and Reviewed Weekly

 

Last Updated: Tuesday, 5th April 2022

 

From Thursday, 24th February, the Government will remove the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test. Adults and children who test positive will continue to be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people – adults for at least 5 full days and children for 3 days after the day they took the test. Pippa Pop-ins will continue to follow this guidance for anyone who tests positive for Covid 19.

 

From Thursday, 24th February, fully vaccinated close contacts and those aged under 18 to test daily for 7 days and remove the legal requirement for close contacts who are not fully vaccinated to self-isolate. Additionally, contacts will no longer be required to self-isolate or advised to take daily tests. Staff, children and young people should attend their education settings as usual. This includes staff who have been in close contact within their household, unless they are able to work from home.

 

For children and staff displaying Covid-19 symptoms (a new continuous cough, a high temperature and/or a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)), we advise that they have a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) or PCR test; as the government advice is still that anyone who tests positive should isolate, we are asking all staff and children who test positive to isolate, where adults test negative on Days 5 and 6, then the isolation can end. Children can end isolation on Day 3. 

 

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 Parent’s 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.

 

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

  • ONLY one Parent or Carer will drop off at door opening times below. One parent is permitted to take their child to their classroom on a Friday. Parents are asked to wear a face covering when inside the school.
  • Parents can collect from the classroom from 1:45-2:00 for Transition and 2-2:15pm for Dragonflies and Tiddly Pops due to their care routines and at 5:30-6pm.
  • 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 mask or visor to greet parents if they wish.
  • If a child is symptomatic (e.g. cough, fever etc) – then a LFT or PCR is advised – 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        1.45pm - 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 those classes that need to.
  • 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. 
  • We ask that you 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, isolating for three days after the day they took the test. 
  • Parents will inform Pippa Pop-ins immediately of any confirmed cases of Coronavirus within their household.
  • 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 are asked to inform the school’s office.

 

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 on entry to the Nursery or 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 at the front door.
  • 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 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-tested. Where 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 for 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 no longer required to wear a face covering when moving around communal areas.

 

Signs, Symptoms and Illness

  • If a staff member takes a LFT at home and tests positive, they are advised to self-isolate and take another LFT on Day 5 and 6. If both are negative then they can end self-isolation. If they are positive they will remain isolating until they receive two consecutive negative results.
  • Where the child or staff member tests negative, they can return to the Nursery. 
  • 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 email.
  • An 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.

 

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.
  • Each classroom has its own resources and other resources may be used if they are thoroughly cleaned.

 

Communication between Teachers and Parents 

  • Teachers will upload WOW moments and developmental observations onto Tapestry.
  • 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

  • If staff members wish to wear a visor, 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).
  • There will be NO shaking hands at the front door.
  • We will ensure that the schools are well ventilated, and windows are opened, where possible.

 

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

 

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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