Your child’s safety and well-being is paramount to our setting. Check out our latest Guidance, Policy and Procedures on COVID-19

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Covid-19 Update

‘System of Controls’: Prevention

This Policy sets out the latest guidance and advice from the government as of 27/07/20.

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

Chislet and District Playgroup will ensure that children, staff and other adults do not come into the setting if they have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have tested positive in the last 10 days and ensuring anyone developing those symptoms during the day is sent home, and essential actions to reduce the risk in the setting and further drive down transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

If anyone in the setting has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19): a high temperature, new and persistent cough or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), however mild, they should self-isolate for at least 10 days from when their symptoms started; or if they are not experiencing symptoms, but have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), they should self-isolate for at least 10 days starting from the day the test was taken.

If they have tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms, but develop symptoms during the isolation period, they should restart the 10 day isolation period from the day they develop symptoms.

If a child is awaiting collection, where possible, they will be moved to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door with appropriate adult supervision. Ideally, a window should be opened for ventilation. If it is not possible to isolate them, they will be moved to an area which is at least 2 metres away from other people. If they need to go to the bathroom while waiting to be collected, they will be taken to a separate bathroom. Staff at Chislet and District Playgroup will ensure the bathroom is cleaned and disinfected using standard cleaning products before being used by anyone else.

PPE must be worn by staff caring for the child while they await collection if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained (such as for a very young child or a child with complex needs).

As is usual practice, in an emergency, call 999 if someone is seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk. Anyone with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms should not visit the GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre or a hospital.

Any members of staff who have helped someone with symptoms and any children who have been in close contact with them do not need to go home to self-isolate. However, they must self-isolate and arrange for a test if they develop symptoms themselves.

Everyone must wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with soap and running water or use hand sanitiser after any contact with someone who is unwell. The area around the person with symptoms must be cleaned with normal household disinfectant after they have left to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.

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Chislet and District Covid-19 Update

2. Clean hands thoroughly more often than usual

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an easy virus to kill when it is on the skin. This can be done with soap and running water or hand sanitiser.

Chislet and District Playgroup will ensure all children clean their hands regularly, including:

  • when they arrive at the setting
  • when they return from breaks
  • before and after eating
  • Sanitiser will be available in every main area to ensure all children and staff can clean their hands regularly
  • Staff will supervise the use of hand sanitiser at all times to reduce risks around ingestion. (Small children and those with complex needs will continue to be helped to clean their hands properly.)

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

The ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach continues to be very important, Chislet and District Playgroup will ensure we have enough tissues and bins available in the setting to support children and staff to implement this routine. All bins will be a lidded Pedal Bin to reduce contamination.

4. Cleaning of facilities:

In order to facilitate cleaning, Chislet and District Playgroup will remove unnecessary items from the learning environment to reduce contamination. Public health advice is to remove all soft toys, and any toys that are hard to clean, such as those with intricate parts. Soft furnishings such as pillows and bean bags will also be removed. Rugs will be hoovered and sprayed with D10 on a daily basis.

Chislet and District Playgroup will adhere to:

  • Frequent cleaning of rooms that are used by different groups
    • Frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned more often than normal (door handles, light switches, furniture and toys)
    • Food preparation areas, dining areas and table coverings will be cleaned before and after each use
    • Toilets will be cleaned regularly
    • Bins will be emptied every 2 hours
    • Staff will supervise and encourage children to clean their hands thoroughly after using the toilet

5. Minimise contact between individuals where possible

Returning to normal group sizes is based on the fact that the overall risk to children from coronavirus (COVID-19) is low. It also recognises that early years settings are typically smaller than schools. Adopting the ‘system of controls’ set out here in a robust way will ensure there are proportionate safeguards for children as well as staff and reduce the chance of transmission.

  • Parents/carers (where possible) will not be permitted to enter the setting.  Their child/children must be dropped off at the door.  This is to help eliminate further risk of any infection being bought into the nursery.
  • Changing bags are to be left in the porch area in order to be sprayed with disinfectant spray. (Dettol/D10)
  • Parent/carers will be asked to practice safe distancing of 1 metre whilst waiting to drop off their children. (Please use the markings on the ground provided) We appreciate that this will increase the time waiting to enter the nursery, therefore please stagger getting out of your car to avoid long queues.
  • During snack and lunchtime, children will be seated further apart to ensure they cannot touch each other’s lunch.

6. Personal Protective Measures (PPE)

Staff at Chislet and District Playgroup are not required to wear PPE beyond what they would normally need for their work. PPE is only needed in a very small number of cases, including:

  • where an individual child becomes ill with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms and only then if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained
  • where a child already has routine intimate care needs that involves the use of PPE, in which case the same PPE should continue to be used

7. Engage with the NHS Test and Trace process

Chislet and District Playgroup will ensure they understand the NHS Test and Trace process and how to contact their local PHE health protection team. This Policy will provide all staff members, parents/carers the understanding that they will need to be ready and willing to:

  • book a test if they are displaying symptoms. Staff and children must not come into the setting if they have symptoms and must be sent home to self-isolate if they develop them in the setting. All children can be tested, including children under 5, but children under 11 will need to be helped by their parents or carers if using a home testing kit
  • provide details of anyone they have been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or if asked by NHS Test and Trace
  • self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms.

Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can and should get a test. Tests can be booked online through the NHS website, or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to internet. Essential workers, which includes anyone involved in education or childcare, have priority access to testing.

Chislet and District Playgroup must be informed by parents, carers and staff immediately of the results of the test:

  • if someone tests negative, and they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), they can stop self-isolating. They could still have another virus, such as a cold or flu – in which case it is still best to avoid contact with other people until they are better. Other members of their household can also stop self-isolating
  • if someone tests positive, they should follow COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection and should continue to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms and then return to the setting only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell or taste. This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. The at least 10-day period starts from the day when they first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of their household should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days.

8. Managing confirmed cases of COVID-19

Chislet and District Playgroup will take swift action when they become aware that someone who has attended has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). Chislet and District Playgroup will contact the local health protection team. This team will also contact settings directly if they become aware that someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) attended the setting – as identified by NHS Test and Trace.

The local health protection team will work with settings to carry out a rapid risk assessment to confirm who has been in close contact with the person during the period that they were infectious, and ensure they are asked to self-isolate.

The local health protection team will work with settings in this situation to guide them through the actions they need to take. Based on the advice from the local health protection team, settings should send home those people who have been in close contact with the person who has tested positive, advising them to self-isolate for 14 days since they were last in close contact with that person when they were infectious. Close contact means:

  • direct close contacts – face to face contact with an infected individual for any length of time, within 1 metre, including being coughed on, a face to face conversation, or unprotected physical contact (skin to skin)
  • proximity contacts – extended close contact (within 1-2m for more than 15 minutes) with an infected individual
  • travelling in a small vehicle, like a car, with an infected person

The local health protection team will provide definitive advice on who must be sent home. Chislet and District Playgroup will therefore keep records of:

  • children and staff in specific groups (outings)
  • close contact that takes places between children and staff in different groups/rooms (nappy changing book)

Chislet and District Playgroup will not share the names or details of people with coronavirus (COVID-19) unless essential to protect others.

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. If someone in a group that has been asked to self-isolate develops symptoms themselves within their 14-day isolation period, they should follow COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection. They should get a test, and:

  • if the test delivers a negative result, they must remain in isolation for the remainder of the 14-day isolation period. This is because they could still develop the coronavirus (COVID-19) within the remaining days
  • if the test result is positive, they should inform their setting immediately, and should isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms (which could mean the self-isolation ends before or after the original 14-day isolation period). Their household should self-isolate for at least 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms, following COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection
  • Chislet and District Palygroup will not request evidence of negative test results or other medical evidence before admitting children or welcoming them back after a period of self-isolation

Further guidance is available on Testing and tracing for coronavirus.

9. Contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice

If Chislet and District Playgroup was to have two or more confirmed cases within 14 days, or an overall rise in sickness absence where coronavirus (COVID-19) is suspected, then we may have an outbreak, and would contact our local health protection team who will be able to advise if additional action is required.

In some cases, health protection teams may recommend that a larger number of other children self-isolate at home as a precautionary measure – perhaps the whole site or a group. By Chislet and District Playgroup implementing the controls from this list, addressing the risks they have identified and therefore reducing transmission risks, whole setting closure based on cases within the setting will not generally be necessary, and should not be considered except on the advice of health protection teams.

10. Notify Ofsted

Any confirmed cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) in Chislet and District Playgroup (either child or staff member), and/or if the setting is advised to close as a result, will be swiftly reported to Ofsted through the usual notification channels.

This policy was created by                         Chislet and District Playgroup

On                                                              03/08/2020

Date to be reviewed                                   03/09/2020

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