Coronavirus Policy

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Policy and Procedure

Aim

The aim of this policy is to ensure the health safety and well-being of all users of Pippa’s Group during the Corona Virus pandemic. This will be achieved by remaining up to date with Local Authority and Government advice, following guidelines issued by the East Sussex Early Years team, maintaining high standards of hygiene within the nursery and providing support to children, parents and staff.

Nursery Sessions

During the period of lock down the nursery will remain open to children of critical workers (key workers) and any children invited to attend by the Nursery Manager only. While we will endeavour to offer children regular sessions these will be reviewed on a week to week basis.

Health and Safety

We recognise that social distancing is neither practical nor appropriate in a childcare environment. However to minimise contact between staff children and parents we will adapt some of our routines for the duration of the pandemic or until advised otherwise. 

  • Parents will be asked to drop off and collect from the garden and not to enter the nursery building.
  • Children will be asked to wash their hands on arrival at nursery.
  • Weather permitting the children will be encouraged to play outside as much as possible.
  •  Children will sit on chairs during story time rather then on the floor and sit further apart.
  • One member of staff will supervise hand washing ensuring children use soap, wash hands thoroughly and dry them.
  • During snack and lunch times children will sit further apart then normal.

Cleaning and Hygiene Measures

  • Staff will ensure they wash their own hands thoroughly throughout the day and use hand gel where appropriate.
  • Staff will use antibacterial spray on all surfaces at the end of each session.
  • Resources that have been used by the children will be cleaned with Milton or antibacterial spray at the end of each session.
  • A full deep clean will be completed at the end of each week.

Procedure if a child displays symptoms of Covid-19

If a child shows symptoms of Covid-19 while at nursery a parent/emergency contact will be asked to collect them as soon as possible. Symptoms include a high temperature and a new continuous cough.

In an emergency if we believe the child to be seriously ill, we will call 999 and request an ambulance, we will then phone the parent/emergency contact.

While they are awaiting collection an allocated member of staff will remain with the child in the sensory room.

If the child needs to use the toilet while waiting to be collected, staff will ensure that no other child is in the area and the toilet will be blocked off until it has been cleaned. 

If a member of staff has helped someone who was taken unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, they do not need to go home unless they  later develop symptoms themselves.

Staff should wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds after any contact with someone who is unwell.

Once the child has been collected all surfaces and resources that the child has been in contact with will be rigorously cleaned using antibacterial cleaning products. At the end of the day a thorough deep clean will take place.

If the child receives a positive diagnosis of Covid -19 then they will be advised to enter a strict 14 day period of self isolation. All families that have been in contact with the child will be informed and our local Health Protection Team (HPT) will also be informed that a case of Covid -19 occurred at the nursery.

Procedure if a member of staff displays symptoms of Covid-19

If a member of staff develops symptoms such as a new persistent cough and high temperature they must remain at home in self isolation for 14 days. They will be unable to return to work until it is safe to do as advised by their GP or NHS 111.

Anyone who has been in contact with the member of staff will be informed as will our local HPT

To maintain safe ratios we will ask a furloughed member of staff to return to work.

PHE Surrey and Sussex (HPT) Horsham: 03442 253861