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COVID-19 POLICY

Subject to Change and Reviewed Weekly

Last Updated: Thursday 7th January 2021

 

Whilst the situation is ever evolving and we are receiving new advice from the Government, 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 the following measures will be put in place.

 

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

 

As of Monday 4th January 2021, the Government guidelines are to keep Early Years settings - Nurseries open.

 

Parents Information

 

Drop Off and Collection

  • Social distancing markers will be in place, which all Parents/Carers must adhere to.
  • ONLY one Parent or Carer will drop off at the new designated times, as outlined below.
  • We request that all Parents/Carers wear a face mask/covering whilst collecting or dropping off at Nursery. 
  • We will have a staggered arrival and collection time, to ensure social distancing measures are adhered to
  • All children will have their temperatures checked, and recorded, prior to entering the school.
  • All children will use hand sanitiser upon arrival and will wash their hands for 20 seconds as soon as possible.
  • Parents will not be permitted to enter the school.  We understand this will be emotionally hard at first, but is required to effectively implement social distancing amongst adults within the school.
  • The Head, Deputy Head or Deputy in Training will be on door duty and a class teacher will be in the hallway waiting to greet your child.
  • 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 will wear a visor on door duty to greet parents. Visors may be worn by Pippa Pop-ins teachers, and if appropriate in the classrooms. Visors or facemasks will also be worn when a child displays COVID-19 symptoms, when a Teacher would have to 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

 

Early Risers*

8.00 am - 8.15 am

Transition

8.15 am - 8.35 am

Dragonflies

8.35 am - 8.50 am

Tiddly Pops

8.50 am - 9.10 am

Late Arrivals

9.10 am - 9.15 am

 

* Please only use this slot if you must drop off early due to work or other commitments

 

Morning Session Collection        1.30am - 2.15 pm

 

Transition

1.30 pm - 1.45 pm

Dragonflies

1.45 pm - 2.00 pm

Tiddly Pops

2.00 pm - 2.15 pm

 

Afternoon Session Drop Off        2.15 pm - 2.45 pm*

 

Transition

2.15 pm - 2.30 pm

Dragonflies

2.30 pm - 2.45 pm

Tiddly Pops

2.15 pm - 2.30 pm

 

 *Please note the change in drop off time for the Tiddly Pops children.

 

Afternoon Session Collection      5.15 pm - 6.00 pm

 

Transition

5.15 pm - 5.30 pm

Dragonflies

5.30 pm - 5.45 pm

Tiddly Pops

5.45 pm - 5.55 pm

 

In School

  • Parents need to understand that it is impossible for under 5’s to socially distance within a classroom.
  • There will be between 7 to 16 children where a classroom size allows.
  • The dining room will have a gap between each lunch or tea sitting to allow for thorough cleaning after each use.
  • When required some classes will have meals in their classrooms to ensure there are no mixing
  • 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.
  • As from 20th July the Department for Education have removed the requirement for small bubbles, we have to keep class groups consistent.

 

Signs, Symptoms and Illness

  • Parents must not bring children to Pippa Pop-ins if they or someone in their household is 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/

 

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.
  • Families may return earlier than 10 days if they choose to take part in the Test to Release for International Travel scheme. Under the scheme families can choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test. If the result is negative, they can stop self-isolating. The earliest they can take the test is 5 full days after leaving a place not on the travel corridor list.

 

General

  • Parents should be aware of the ‘System of control’ section of the Government guidance.  This is the set of actions early years settings must take and are grouped into prevention and response to any infection.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures#infection-prevention-and-response-system-of-controls

They can also be found at the bottom of this policy.

  • Staff are updated with these important processes and procedures.
  • We will only allow external professionals whereby we need to meet the needs of a child e.g Educational Psychologist or Social Worker with a risk assessment from both the Council and Pippa Pop-ins
  • No prospective parents are allowed into the school and we are not conducting Nursery tours during the week.
  • In order to minimise the number of children, we will not be accepting Ad Hoc children.

 

In the Instance of a Confirmed Case

  • Parents will be notified of any confirmed cases of Coronavirus via our email or text system and we will have a notice on our front door.
  • If a child or a teacher tests Positive for Covid-19, all children in their classroom cohort will need to be collected immediately and are required to self-isolate for 10 days and follow direction from PHE.
  • Household members of those who are sent home do not need to self-isolate themselves unless the child or staff member who is self-isolating subsequently develops symptoms. Therefore, a sibling, in a different class, may continue to attend Pippa Pop-ins, unless the child who is self-isolating develops symptoms.
  • If someone in a group that has been asked to self-isolate develops symptoms themselves within the 10 days from the day after contact with the individual who tested positive, they should follow guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection.

 

Children

Social Distancing

  • It is impossible for very young children to carry out social distancing measures and they will need support to stay safe at Pippa Pop-ins.
  • Children will stay with their academic year group, eg: Tiddly Pops, Dragonflies and Transition. 

 

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 classes will not take place at present. This will be reviewed at February Half Term.
  • The children will continue to go to the park, ensuring the guidelines on social distancing are adhered to.
  • 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.
  • Children will not bring any Show and Tell items into Pippa Pop-ins. We encourage parents to upload photos from home onto their child's Tapestry account, which children can use to do Show and Tell.
  • 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 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.  Where the child or staff member tests positive, the entire class will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 10 days.
  • 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.
  • 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.

 

 

Mealtimes

  • Children will not bring any food or drinks into Pippa Pop-ins.
  • At mealtimes, there will be no more than 4 children at each table.
  • Classes will have their meals in their classrooms or will use the dining rooms on a rota system.
  • Housekeepers will clean the dining room or classroom after each meal.
  • Lunch and Tea schedule outlined below.

 

Lunch Times

 

 

Sitting 1

Sitting 2

Tiddly Pops (in their own classroom)

11.30 am - 12.00 noon

 

Dragonflies

11.30 am - 12.00 noon

12.10 pm - 12.40 pm*

Transition

12.10 pm - 12.40 pm*

12.50 pm - 1.20 pm

 

*Please note that the dining room will be thoroughly cleaned between the Dragonflies and Transition lunch sittings.

 

Tea Times

 

 

Sitting 1

 

Tiddly Pops (in their own classroom)

4.00 pm - 4.30 pm

or 3.45 pm - 4.15 pm

Dragonflies

4.00 pm - 4.30 pm

 

Transition

4.40 pm - 5.10 pm

 

 

Staff

On Arrival

  • The Head, Deputy Head or Deputy in Training will be on door duty
  • All Staff members will have their temperatures checked, and recorded, prior to entering the school.
  • All Staff will use hand sanitiser upon arrival and will wash their hands for 20 seconds as soon as possible.
  • Staff should be wearing clean uniform daily, where possible, to minimize the risk of transmission. Staff should change into their uniform when they arrive at Pippa Pop-ins and change out of it before leaving.

 

Signs, Symptoms and Illness

  • Any staff experiencing symptoms or living with someone who is experiencing symptoms, will self-isolate following Government guidance. (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 the child or staff member tests positive, the entire class will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 10 days.
  • Staff will use the 111 online Coronavirus service for additional information.
  • Parents will be notified of any confirmed cases of Coronavirus via our email or text system and we will have a notice on our front door.
  • If a child or a teacher tests Positive for Covid-19, all children in their classroom cohort will need to be collected immediately and are required to self-isolate for 10 days and follow direction from PHE.
  • 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.
  • Staff will be provided with PPE for use in the Nursery, should a child become unwell (masks, gloves and aprons).

 

Travel

  • Where possible staff will avoid Public Transport, however we understand that there may be no other option.
  • Staff will be supported with their own supply of PPE should they take public transport.

 

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.
  • Certain resources are covered, to be cleaned following the morning session and not used in the afternoon session.
  • Morning resources are cleaned throughout the morning session and those resource baskets when not in use are placed in the red bags or taken to be cleaned.
  • There are extra resources in the red bags which the teachers will put out when needed.
  • Each classroom have their own resources and these are NOT shared between classes.
  • All toys will be cleaned frequently using an anti-bacterial spray or in Milton.  As children will only be playing in their own classroom or outside space with their own peers, this will minimise the risk.
  • After nap time, all bedcovers and blankets will be placed directly into a Red zipped wash bag (no open bags). Once the bedcovers and blankets have been washed, dried and are clean, they will be placed into Blue zipped bags, to avoid cross contamination.  

 

Curriculum

  • Staff will upload more photographs or videos on Tapestry, to ensure Parents can communicate effectively with their key teacher.
  • Extra-curricular classes will not take place at present. This will be reviewed at February Half Term.
  • Staff will not allow children to play with resources that are not in their designated boxes in the garden.

 

Social Distancing

  • Staff will stay with their own class, where possible apart from when they are on their lunch breaks. 
  • There will be a staffroom rota to ensure social distancing measures are in place.
  • Staff will go outside for lunch breaks where possible.
  • Staff will not cross on the stairs or mix with any other class.
  • Where possible, floating teachers are assigned to one academic year group bubble. If staffing does not permit this, we will minimise the crossover.
  • Housekeepers should only go into classrooms when the children are out of them, or if not, keeping their distance and wearing a mask/visor

 

Hygiene

  • All staff will follow the measures set out in the system of controls section of 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 soft furnishings will not be used and all puppets, beanbags, mats and soft toys (teddies etc) will be removed.
  • There will be NO shaking hands.
  • We will ensure that the schools are well ventilated.

 

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.

 

System of Controls

 

This is the set of actions early years settings must take. They are grouped into ‘prevention’ and ‘response to any infection’.

 

Prevention

 

1) 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) Use of face coverings.

3) Clean hands thoroughly more often than usual.

4) Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.

5) Introduce enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often using standard products, such as detergents and bleach.

6) Minimise contact between groups where possible.

7) Where necessary, wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

 

Numbers 1 to 5 must be in place in all settings, all the time.

Number 6 must be properly considered, and settings must put in place measures that suit their particular circumstances.

Numbers 7 applies in all specific circumstances.

 

Response to any infection

 

8) Engage with the NHS Test and Trace process.

9) Manage confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the setting community.

10) Contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice.

11) Notify Ofsted.

 

Numbers 8 to 11 must be followed in every case where they are relevant.

 

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

 

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

Please see this link for testing guidance

 

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

 

If a parent counts as an essential worker, he/she might be able to get a priority test.

 

This link may also be useful.

 

https://www.london.gov.uk/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-faqs/how-do-i-get-test

 

Information about the coronavirus vaccine can be found on the NHS website:

 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/

 

 

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