Our Covid-19 Safety Procedures
Whilst remaining open to support the families of key workers during the Covid-19 outbreak, we have also been busy reviewing our practices and making modifications to ensure they comply with government guidance for the nursery sector.
As we now welcome all our children back to their nurseries, we wanted to share with you all the necessary steps we have taken to safeguard children, parents, carers and staff during the current situation.
For further information please view the video below from Children 1st @ St Peter & St Paul or read on.
- Staff are changing into their uniform on arrival at nursery and out of it on departure from nursery. This is classed as first level PPE.
- Each nursery now has 2 drop off and collection points to make things easier for parents and carers.
- Social distancing markers are in place outside nurseries.
- Sanitising stations are in place outside nurseries. Also outside, sun cream has been made available for parents to use on their own children and umbrellas are provided in case of rain.
- Notice boards can be viewed on arrival which display the names of staff who are on duty.
- Parents and carers are not able to enter the building. We have in place a walkie talkie system which has been introduced to speed up collection times and assist communication.
- More frequent handwashing for staff and children is being actively encouraged and hand sanitisers are available. We have talked with the children about why we are doing this and how to wash hands properly.
- We continue to ensure that our cleaning and hygiene practices meet the highest standards. Enhanced cleaning schedules ensure that frequently touched surfaces are cleaned regularly and throughout the day.
- Children and staff have been organised to work within a “nursery bubble” in order to minimise social contact.These small groups work together as consistently as possible, helping to minimise contact with other groups.
- Nurseries are capitalising on the use of their outdoor spaces for fun and learning.
- Chairs around tables are kept to a minimum to support social distancing.
- If a child becomes unwell whilst at nursery an isolation room is provided whilst we wait for parents or carers to come and collect. PPE is provided for staff and the room will have an opening window and separate bathroom where possible.
- Staggered lunch breaks for staff and extra areas have been provided so they can maintain social distancing.
- Staff have received training on strategies to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and risk assessments are in place.
To help us keep our nurseries as safe as possible, we ask that parents and carers play their part by following government guidelines if they have Covid-19 symptoms. Anyone displaying coronavirus symptoms or who lives with someone who does, must not attend nursery under any circumstances. In the event that your child develops coronavirus symptoms, we ask all parents and carers to ensure they organise a test for their child and notify us immediately of a positive test.
We would like to thank parents and carers for their understanding and cooperation over the past three months. We’ve received so many positive messages and loved sharing images on social media.
Everyone at Children 1st is delighted to see so many children back at nursery and look forward now to sharing happy times and creating wonderful memories.
Above all, we want you to be confident in your child returning to nursery. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.