This policy applies to all employees, students and anyone professional visiting the pre-school, as well as service users; parents and children as we move in to Step 4 of the Government’s Roadmap.
At Little Lambs Pre-school we cannot control what happens outside, nor can we control children social distancing, but we can put in place safety measures to mitigate this.
• Avoiding contact with anyone with symptoms
• Frequent hand cleaning and good respiratory hygiene practices
• Regular cleaning of setting
• Minimising contact and mixing
Purpose of the policy
Protect all employees and service users including parents and children from coming into contact with Coronavirus (COVID-19)
To maintain the minimum level of staff to continue to provide the welfare needs of children in our care.
To prevent the spread of Corona Virus (COVID-19)
If any staff, child or any of either’s household displays symptoms they should take a PCR test as soon as possible.
• New, continuous cough- this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
• High temperature – if you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
• Anosmia (loss or change of sense of smell or taste) - this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
Parents/ carers have a duty of care to inform staff at Little Lambs Pre-school if their child or anyone in their household is displaying symptoms.
The pre-school is closely monitoring information from the DofH and Public Health England on the spread of Corona Virus (COVID-19) and keeping staff informed.
NHS’s Test and Trace will be involved if there is an outbreak of several cases within a 14 day period.
NHS Test & Trace will only get in touch with close contacts of a positive case, who have been together in a social setting not in the pre-school.
Parents must ensure the emergency contact details are up to date
A record of children/staffing groupings will be kept
This policy will be regularly updated in line with government guidance Pre-school closure The pre-school may need to close if advised by Public Health England due to a local/ regional outbreak or if there are several positive cases within the setting. A contingency plan has been put in place however to minimise disruption for the shortest amount of time.
Changes to Operation
During times of closure the pre-school has undergone a deep clean, both the premises and resources.
Further cleaning measures will occur; regular washing of toys used, extra cleaning of frequently used surfaces; door handles, taps, toilet handles, light switches etc. A cleaning schedule will be followed.
Hand washing will take place at regular intervals throughout the session. Children will be accompanied to the toilet to ensure adequate hand washing.
Staff are testing themselves at home twice weekly with Lateral Flow Device tests (LFD). They have to inform the manager of their results and this is recorded. If a staff member tests positive, they (and their household) will have to self-isolate immediately and take a PCR test as soon as possible. In the meantime, while we are waiting for the test results, the pre-school will continue to remain open, operating with double vaccinated staff. Staff who have not had the vaccine or have had a single dose will have to self-isolate for 10 days. All staff and children will be notified of the positive case and parents can put in place their own protective measures.
Staff (including extremely clinically vulnerable) can return to work provided safety measures are been followed.
Our session times will now resume, dependant on agreed drop off and collection times; Drop off - on or after 8.30am, on or after 9.30am Collection – any time on or before 1.30pm, 3pm or 4pm.
There are now no restrictions on class sizes however we have decided to keep our children in two smaller groups as we have recognised that it works better for all involved. Therefore Red room will continue to offer a higher ratio of staff to adults for younger children and those with SEN/D and Green room is for our pre-schoolers.
Arrivals and departures
We are going to continue to ask parents to drop off and collet at the door, as staff have found this to be a better way to manage these times.
If parents do now come onto the premises, will request that they wear a face covering (unless exempt).
Children will be required to wash their hands on entry and before leaving to go home.
Please do not bring any items to pre-school from home.
We endeavour to use the garden as much as possible. Whilst indoors, we will have windows open to ensure ventilation.
Play & learning
The resources will be limited and rotated in order to have clean supplies of toys for the children. We will plan individually for those with high level of needs.
All reviews of children’s progress of development will either take place virtually or face to face in the setting (whilst ensuring good ventilation).
Payment of fees
Parents will be asked to use bank transfer only.
Children returning from travel will need to follow the Government’s guidelines on travel restrictions and self-isolation rules.
Visitors are now permitted on the premises while children are present, however this will be kept to a minimum and for a short time.
All visitors will be required to sign in and disclose that they currently do not display any Covid 19 symptoms and wear a face covering.
Professionals can now visit and observe children, however we still aim to conduct meetings virtually with professionals instead of in the setting.
Prospective parents and children are welcome into the setting but every effort will be made to minimise contact with children. The garden will be used for both; all children and visiting parents or whilst all children are outside, a child and parent can enter the premises to familiarise themselves with the building.
New children starting
Paperwork will be completed and policies will be available to read online prior to the child starting. Settling in for children may take longer than usual, as parents will only have the opportunity to stay with their child for a short amount of time. The parent may be invited in to settle the child at the beginning of the session, different times may be allocated initially to avoid the main drop off time.
PPE is not required to be used by pre-school staff apart from the usual intimate care (nappy changing) and dealing with bodily fluid. It will also be worn if a child becomes unwell whilst at preschool.
Children will pre-existing medical needs
Children with pre-existing medical needs will have their care plans reviewed prior to returning, to ensure the child only attends when they are well enough to do so. If a child is teething, a temperature is not an associated symptom according to NHS guidance. However if a child has had a recent vaccination, a mild temperature can be a side effect.
If a child becomes ill whilst at pre-school
If a child displays symptoms whilst at preschool, they will be taken away from the main group and will remain with an adult while waiting to be collected. The isolation space will be the foyer by the front door. At this time, staff in contact with the child is permitted to wear PPE (face mask, gloves and apron). The child should self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms or from testing positive. If the child needs to use the toilet whilst waiting for their parent, no one else will use the toilet until it has been disinfected. The hall and resources will all be cleaned thoroughly.
If a child/staff displays symptoms
NO-ONE (STAFF OR CHILD) WITH SYMPTOMS SHOULD ATTEND FOR ANY REASON. If a child/staff member displays symptoms, they can should take a PCR a test along with everyone else in their household. Do not use the home testing kits as this are for those who are asymptomatic, they need to be tested using a PCR test.
Tests can be booked online through the NHS website or by calling NHS 119 If they are tested negative, they can return to pre-school, however if your child is still ill, they need to stay home.
Not all illnesses are Covid 19 related and if a child is unwell they must follow our sickness policy. At Little Lambs, we can use our own judgement to protect those in the setting from the possible infection of Covid 19.
If a member of the group tested positive
If tested positive, (regardless to whether they have symptoms or not), must stay at home for 10 days from the onset of the symptoms or when they no longer have symptoms. Their household must also self-isolate for 10 days. All other children and staff at the setting do not need to self-isolate unless they too have symptoms or have socialised with the positive case outside of the setting.
Children under five, only need to take a PCR test if a family member has tested positive.
If parents are not able to work as a result of their child being told to self-isolate due to being in contact with someone who has tested positive, they may be eligible for a Test and Trace Support payment from the Local Authority.
If a test is negative
If the test is negative and they feel well and no longer have symptoms they can stop self- isolating and return to pre-school. They may have another cold or virus – if this is the case it is best to avoid contact with others until they are better.
If a member of your household has symptoms
However, if someone in the child’s household displays symptoms, the child needs to self-isolate for 10 days or until they have been tested and proven negative.
As a pre-school, you are placing trust in us to maintain a safe environment for your children, however we are also placing our trust in you to not send in your child if they or anyone in your household is displaying symptoms.
Let’s remember: We are all in this together.