As the situation surrounding Coronavirus continues to change rapidly, this page will be used to keep you up to date on the arrangements in place at Priory View Pre-School.
We continue to follow the guidance issued by the UK Government, actions for early years and childcare providers during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. By following this guidance we will effectively reduce the risks in our setting and create an inherently safer environment and are set out in more detail below.
We are pleased to let you know that our sessions will return to normal in September, running from 9-12 noon on Mondays to Fridays with an optional daily lunch club from 12noon to 1pm. We no longer have to divide the pre-school into small ‘bubbles’ of children although, of course, we will continue to focus on the measures that will help limit the risk of transmitting the Coronavirus within our setting.
Unfortunately, adults are still not permitted to enter the building in an effort to further protect children and staff. When we first introduced this procedure we were very worried that some children would find this quite traumatic but the children have adapted unbelievably well and we are so proud of them! We hope this continues in September but we realise it may be very challenging for our new families. We are going to suggest that children who are new to Priory View arrive slightly later - at around 9.30am. By this time the area at the front of the hall will be less noisy and confusing and the process will hopefully be less stressful for everyone. It will also be very helpful if you could talk to your child about this in the days leading up to them attending as this will ease the process.
We will still be outside for a good part of the session and would ask you to ensure that your child is prepared and dressed appropriately – suncream or warm clothes etc.
Reducing Risk of Infection
First and foremost, it goes without saying that the safety of children and of our staff is our top priority. We have procedures in place to allow us to open as safely as possible, focusing on measures that will help limit the risk of Coronavirus transmitting within our setting.
Some of the steps we are taking include:
- Asking that anyone who is displaying Coronavirus symptoms, or who lives with someone who does, not to attend the setting. That includes children and staff who work here.
- Keeping our children in small groups with as much consistent staffing as possible, and minimising contact with other groups around the setting.
- Cleaning our hands more often than usual. We have developed routines to ensure children understand when and how to wash their hands, making sure they wash them thoroughly for at least 20 seconds using running water and soap and dry them thoroughly, or use alcohol hand rub or sanitiser ensuring that all parts of the hands are covered. We also have our special song ‘this is the way we wash our hands’ which I am sure your child will be happy to share with you and you may wish to use it with your family.
- Ensuring our children understand good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach and ensuring a good supply of tissues and bins throughout the setting.
- Implementing an enhanced cleaning schedule, ensuring surfaces touched by children and staff are cleaned regularly and throughout the morning, including table tops, door handles and play equipment. Lunch club has been cancelled for the time being to allow staff to thoroughly clean the setting ready for the next day’s children.
- Asking parents and carers to physically distance from each other and from staff when dropping off and collecting their children and to limit drop off and collection to one parent or carer per household. We have introduced a separate entrance and exit procedure which will be operation when you drop off and pick up your child. We are asking you not to enter the gate to the front garden until the member of staff at the front door instructs you to, but to line up at the markers along the wall by the front of the hall in Queen Mary Avenue. A member of staff by the door will call each parent with their child into the front garden one at a time and will ask you to stand by the red line and send your child to the staff member. No adults will be permitted to enter the building. You will then exit the garden along the side path to the exit gate which will lead you out onto Mayfield Road – this will be clearly marked. The same procedure will be followed at pick-up time, with parents entering the entrance gate one at a time when called by the staff member on the door and standing on the red line to receive their child - and then exiting along the side path to the exit gate.
- Asking parents and carers to wear a face mask when dropping off/picking up your child.
- Asking children not to bring toys or other items from home to the setting, unless this is essential to their health and well being.
What can parents and carers do?
There are a number of things parents and carers can do to help us make these arrangements effective, in addition to the points listed above concerning arrival and departure and not bringing toys to the setting.
- Do not send your child into the pre-school if they have a temperature or if they, or any other family or members of the household, have any symptoms of coronavirus: A new, continuous cough, a high temperature, or loss or change in the sense of taste/smell.
- We ask you to confirm your contact number and the contact numbers of emergency contacts by return email and agree that you understand that you will need to immediately collect your child if they develop symptoms while at the setting.
- Talk to your child in the days leading up to their return, mentioning that things may seem a little different, and about the new routine for dropping off as some children may find the fact that you cannot enter the building with them a bit challenging at first.Talking about it before they return will help ease the process.
All children who are attending a childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of Coronavirus, and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario. The aim is to enable children to get back to childcare, and their parents or carers not to need to self-isolate any longer than is necessary, if the test proves to be negative. A positive test will ensure rapid action to protect other children and staff in their setting.
We ask all parents and carers to ensure they organise a test for their child, in the event that they develop Coronavirus symptoms, and notify us immediately of a positive test. Further guidance is available about getting tested.
System of Controls
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
- Clean hands thoroughly more often than usual
- Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
- Introduce enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often using standard products, such as detergents and bleach
- Minimise contact between groups where possible
- Where necessary, wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
Numbers 1 to 4 must be in place in all settings, all the time.
Number 5 must be properly considered and settings must put in place measures that suit their particular circumstances.
Number 6 applies in all specific circumstances.
Response to any infection
- Engage with the NHS Track and Trace process
- Manage confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) among the community setting
- Contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice
Full details on the system of controls is set out in the Government guidance.
Please do not hesitate to contact us via email preferably if you have any queries or concerns. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a safe and happy summer holiday break.