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Return to School: COVID-19

 

COVID-19 POLICY

Subject to Change and Reviewed Daily

Last Updated 21st May 2020

 

Whilst the situation is ever evolving and we are receiving new daily advice from the Government, we wanted to provide you with the practical information for our reopening.  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 risk assessment has been carried out for the return of the children and staff, 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.

 

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 will have a staggered arrival and collection time, to ensure social distancing measures are adhered to.
  • 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.
  • A teacher from each class will be by the door to receive and greet your children.
  • 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 not be wearing a face covering or facemask at the door, as it is not recommended.

 

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 - 3.00 pm

 

Transition

2.15 pm - 2.30 pm

Dragonflies

2.30 pm - 2.45 pm

Tiddly Pops

2.45 pm - 3.00 pm

 

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, however by being in their ‘bubbles’ (cohort) this should reduce the risk.
  • There will be no more than 15 children in the class.
  • 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.

 

Signs, Symptoms and Illness

 

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.

 

General

  • As staff return to school, we will ensure they are fully up to date with these important processes and procedures.
  • In order to minimise the number of children in the schools, we will not be organising extra nursery sessions or accepting adhoc children or new children without an allocated place for the Summer Term.
  • We will not be allowing visitors into the Nursery or conducting Private Tours.
  • External specialist professionals, will be allowed into the Nurseries, due to the children’s individual needs.

 

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, by staying in their own peer group and reducing classroom movement.
  • Children will stay with their cohort and not clash on the staircase.

 

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.

 

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.
  • The children will enjoy the extracurricular activities with familiar teachers who will follow all the Government and school guidelines.
  • 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

  • Where possible children’s bags should be waterproof (containing spare clothes) 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.

 

Sickness in School

  • If a child becomes unwell, 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.
  • If a child becomes unwell, the staff member will wear 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 14 days.
  • A confirmed case or outbreak will be reported to the Local Authority and Public Health England, in line with Government guidance.  We will follow any action required.

 

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.
  • 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 Dragonflies and Transition will not be eating in the same room.

 

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 will be on door duty
  • All staff members will be checked with an infrared thermometer prior to entering the school.
  • All Staff will use handsanitiser upon arrival and will wash their hands for 20 seconds as soon as possible.

 

Signs, Symptoms and Illness

  • Any staff experiencing symptoms or living with someone who is experiencing symptoms, will self-isolate for at least 14 days (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 14 days.
  • Staff to use the 111 online Coronavirus service for additional information.
  • Parents will be notified of any confirmed staff cases of Coronavirus via our email or text system and we will have a notice on our front door.
  • A confirmed case or outbreak will be reported to the Local Authority and Public Health England in line with Government guidance.  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 throughout the day.
  • Certain resources will be covered, to be cleaned following the morning session and not used in the afternoon session.
  • 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.

 

Curriculum

  • Staff will upload more photographs or videos of the day on Tapestry, to ensure Parents can communicate effectively with their key teacher.
  • The extracurricular activities will be implemented with familiar teachers, who will follow all the Government and school guidelines.
  • Staff will not allow children to play with resources that are not in their designated boxes in the garden.
  • Staff will not allow more than 15 children in their classroom.

 

Social Distancing

  • 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 stay with their own class, apart from when they are on their lunch breaks. 
  • Staff will not cross on the stairs or mix with any other class.

 

Hygiene

  • 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.
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