COVID 19
HEALTH & SAFETY
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2021

Children’s Safety

  • Children will sanitise their hands upon entry and at additional times during the day ie when changing activities or site area.

  • Only the wipeable Tadpoles bags will be allowed on their peg. Please make sure all children have spare sets of clothes at school, even if they don’t have accidents, as we may need to change them after water play.

  • Wellingtons and waterproofs will be needed in school, please ensure you have a named pair of each, that can be left at school during the week.

  • Aprons – wipeable - will be provided if necessary for painting or water play etc and immediately disinfected.

  • Children must wear fresh, clean clothes each day. Their smock/apron can be left at school during the week and must be taken home each weekend to be washed.

  • Please send children with named water bottles. We are now also able to offer milk again as the dairy are able to provide individual cartons.

  • Snacks to be provided by parents – in a named box – a pre-cut piece of fruit or vegetable and a carbohydrate ie rice cake or bread stick.If your child stays in the afternoon, please provide two snacks. Snacks will not be shared.

  • Children staying for lunch/afternoons will eat in their classrooms and will remain within their bubbles.

  • Temperatures will be taken on arrival at school using a non-contact thermometer and child with a slight temperature will be asked to isolate as per the guidance *

  • Please be extra vigilant about illnesses and do not send your child to school if any household members are symptomatic as per the Government guidance.

  • If a child does become symptomatic on site they will be isolated in the therapy room behind the office, looked after by a member of staff from their bubble who will be wearing appropriate PPE equipment. We will ask the symptomatic child to remain at home for ten days.We will not be closing ‘bubbles’.**

  • We are opening the bubbles up a little.Mayflies and Dragonflies will now be in a bubble together.Crested Newts and Froglets will not be in a bubble together.Lilypads will remain in their bubble.

  • Children will remain in their ‘bubbles’ for the whole day.

  • Teachers will remain with their classes at all times.

  • If applicable, please make sure children are wearing sun cream pre-school as we are unable to apply and that they have sunhats with them on good weather days. They will be outside more often than normal. If your child is allergic to sun cream or needs more than one application per day please ensure they wear lightweight long-sleeved tops.

  • The mud kitchen will be open.As mud is organic it is safe to use. Water play will also be used and the water changed [as it always is] after each use.

  • Children should not bring items from home unless it is absolutely necessary for their mental wellbeing.These will be cleaned on entry by staff.

  • Children will be supported to understand the changes and challenges that will occur.All staff are very aware of children’s attachments and needs for emotional support.

 

*Although this is not regulation in the guidelines, it has been deemed and is regarded as good practice by the DFE and an ‘extended measure’. 

** The therapy room will be deep cleaned immediately after the child has been collected and all PPE equipment that has been in contact will be immediately disposed of in line with the government guidelines.

 

 

Staff Safety

  • We have ensured all staff are safe and fit to return to Nursery

  • Staff have their temperatures taken on arrival and the same rules will apply to them as to the children/families of the school

  • Staff at all times will remain within their bubbles of children

  • Staff will follow social distance guidance at all times

  • We are ensuring that if staff must travel via public transport that they do not travel during rush hour and have been provided and asked to wear suitable masks for wearing to and from school.

  • Staff will sanitise and wash hands on entry to the school and at regular intervals **

  • Staff will be using disposable gloves, masks, and aprons when providing any forms of personal care to children, in line with government guidance.

 

**individual anti- viral hand sanitisers have been provided to each staff member to be used when necessary if hand washing is not possible in that moment.

 

Site

  • We continue to have an enhanced cleaning schedule.

  • Over each half term and holiday we will have an enhanced deep clean which includes an anti-viral sanitising spray, which remains active for up to 3 weeks.*

  • Any communal areas, touch points and hand washing facilities will be cleaned after each group use.

  • Non contact soap dispensers are available in every washing area.

  • Minimal soft toys and soft furnishings are now in use again in the nursery. These will be sanitised in a boiled wash regularly and will not be shared between classrooms. [Any toys with small parts that are hard to clean or can be put into the mouth have been temporarily removed].

  • Plastic covered mats have been put down in place of rugs, which are disinfected regularly throughout the day.

  • The outside spaces will now be used in bubble rotation and all equipment and touch surfaces will be sanitised and cleaned between uses.

  • When using the internal classrooms, windows will be open at all times.

  • Toys will not be shared between ‘bubbles’.

  • Any equipment that may come into cross contact between bubbles will be disinfected/cleaned between use.

  • Toys and equipment cleaned daily by staff and a member of our cleaning team.

  • The school has ensured we have adequate supplies of essential equipment to implement strict hygiene and safety measures.

  • All staff have had appropriate instructions and training in infection control and the operating procedures and risk assessments within which they will be working.

  • All staff have been trained in use of PPE equipment.

  • All waste is disposed of in double bags at the end of the day and bathroom bins empty regularly and disposed of hygienically according to government guidelines

 

*The Microbe shield virus protector forms an antimicrobial coating that bonds to surfaces and won't wash off during routine daily cleanings. It provides a shield against any virus contamination.  The cleaners will be using a ‘Liquid layer applications using an advance liquid layer applicator which will dispense an ultra fine mist of the shield throughout the site. This will provide us with the ability to regulate contact time and surface coverage of the sanitiser and as it is not an detergent base sanitiser, no manual wiping is required (it also does not leave any sticky or visual residue). There are a number of key advantages associated with the sanitising shield.: 

  • Protection is ongoing for 3 WEEKS 

  • Scientifically proven to protect against 99.9% of all viruses and bacteria, including coronavirus

  • No harmful chemicals or alcohol and is even food preparation safe (UK approved)

  • Application is even, thorough and consistent with no gaps in the sanitation

 

Parents

  • Pick up/drop off times will remain staggered for all bubbles. Please make sure you try to stick to these times for the safety of all children and staff. (Parents with 2 children in different classes will receive separate instructions from the office/their class teachers)

  • Where possible we would like to parents should travel to the nursery alone or with another, either on foot or using their own transport.We would like to please stick with only parent in the queue to begin with, to try to keep everyone safe but understand that this is not always possible.

  • No buggies can be left at the nursery at drop off.  Scooters can now be left at drop off, they will be cleaned and sanitised upon drop off by a member of staff and then hung safely out of reach until pick up.  Please ensure scooters are clearly named.

  • Parents to queue on Park Walk in direction of Fulham Road (Park Walk Primary School will be queuing toward the Kings Road)

  • It is up to individual choice as to Social Distancing measure but we would ask that you are sensible and try to keep contact to a minimum.

  • Parents are not required to wear masks but we would ask that you remain safe and respect others who continue to choose to wear their masks.

  • Parents will still not be permitted to enter the premises unless by prior arrangement. If your child is unhappy please hand them to their class teacher, we will expect a few tears but children tend to settle very quickly. We will call the parents of any children who doesn’t settle. We will review the drop off time of any children who struggle to settle and one parent may be allowed to enter the school at a separate drop off time. *

  • All safety procedures must be adhered to and parents will be expected to adhere to these.

  • If you have travelled from aboard during the previous 2 weeks all government quarantine regulations must be adhered to.

  • If any member of the family or someone you have been in close contact with becomes symptomatic you must follow all government guidelines.

 

*We will be reviewing this once we have all children settled and back to school safely.

 

 

Lastly, please bear with us. This is not an exact science and if we find other things necessary to implement or change then this will be done with immediate effect and you will be informed. 

Hopefully we will be back to ‘business as usual’ or at least ‘the new normal’ very soon.