At Kinderversity we view the safety and wellbeing of our children as our main priority and the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced some new considerations to the way that we operate as well as to all of our lives. We hope that in making simple adjustments to our lives that we can stay safe and well.
Please do not attend the nursery if you or a member of your household are experiencing one of the coronavirus symptoms. If you do experience these then please self-isolate as per the current UK government advice and organise a COVID-19 test. The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
If you receive a negative test result you may return to nursery.
If a child develops any of these symptoms whilst at nursery then we will phone and ask you to collect the child. Whilst awaiting collection we will find a space where the child can be kept 2 metres away from children and staff. A staff member will remain in the area to supervise the child and will wear gloves and an apron. They will also wear a mask if it is not possible to remain 2 metres away from the child and if there is a risk of fluids splattering then eye protection will be worn. If the child needs the toilet whilst waiting be collected then they will use the large toilet in our cloakroom area. This toilet will then remain unused until it has been cleaned and disinfected. All staff & children that came into contact with the child will wash their hands thoroughly. We will request that the child is then tested for COVID-19 before returning.
In event of a positive test result then we will contact the Public Health England’s advice service on the phone number 08000468687 and they will risk assess and advise us on further steps to take. We will make all parents aware of the fact that we have a positive case however the identity of the person will remain confidential unless this is absolutely essential to keep others safe. In event of a positive case we will notify ofsted using the usual notification process.
If a disposable face mask is used then this must be disposed of correctly. This must be sealed in a plastic bag or nappy sack before being placed in the bin. Hands must be washed after disposing of this.
We will continue to ensure that our hygiene practices are of the highest standard and we will make every attempt to encourage the children to consider these practices themselves. We will encourage frequent hand washing as well as explaining to the children why this is essential. We will ensure that this is supervised so that we can ensure that the children understand the full process in effective handwashing. We will encourage other good hygiene techniques such as catch it, bin it, kill it.
We will also ensure that our cleaning schedule is more thorough and areas that are high risk such as door handles will be cleaned with antibacterial spray at frequent intervals.
Small “bubbles” of children are no longer required and based on the smaller size of the nursery the risk remains very low. With the importance of social interactions with their friends and staff this is welcome news and the nursery remains a safe comfortable environment for the children to learn and play. We will discourage the children from sharing resources that may end up spreading germs (ie ensuring that the children do not accidentally share a cup by labelling these clearly).
Parents and visitors entering the building
Parents are not to enter the nursery unless essential. We ask that you leave your child with a member of staff at the door. We will phone you with reassurance if your child was unsettled at drop off.
Parents of a new child currently doing their settling in sessions may enter the building if this is for the benefit of the child. We will explain our system of control to you before you enter the room and a mask must be worn (unless medically exempt). You must avoid close contact with other children whilst in the room.
In event of us requiring another professional to attend the nursery i.e Specialist Teacher we will evaluate whether this visit can be done virtually and if physical attendance is necessary then we will risk assess each individual visit. We will strive to keep visits to a minimum.
We have a virtual tour of the nursery available on request in order to show prospective parents. If they require a physical visit then if possible this may be arranged out of hours or during a quiet period of the week where it is possible to ensure social distancing from the children. The visitor will be required to wear a mask (unless meeting government exemption rules) and will be made aware of our control conditions before entering.
Every visitor to the setting will be required to sign in and leave their phone number along with date and time of the visit and which staff member that will be in contact with them. We also have a QR code that can be scanned if the visitor would rather do this than leave their phone number. This allows us to participate in the NHS Test and Trace system.
In event of a local lockdown we will follow the guidelines given to by the Government and KCC. We are under the impression that an enforced closure of nurseries is unlikely and our hope is that this is correct.
Children’s Mental Health
We appreciate that the pandemic has not been easy and that the news can be quite scary to hear for a young child. Whilst we remain committed to ensuring that the children gain the knowledge to keep themselves safe during this pandemic this will be done in a fun and stimulating way for the children.
We are also aware that some children may not have socialised with others as often during the pandemic and we will discuss with the parents how to make their child feel safe and comfortable.
We hope that this pandemic continues to calm down and hopefully disappear. Please be aware that in the event of conflict between our normal policies and this temporary policy that this one will override our regular policy.
Policy Written by: Emma Philpott-Kuwertz
Date Written: August 2020
Date Reviewed: March 2021
To Review: June 2021