Covid-19 Policy (addition to Illness and Infection Policy)
This amendment to our Illness and Infection Control Policy was adopted on 6 January 2022 and will be reviewed at regular intervals to stay up to date with Government Guidance.
Amendment to the Illness and Infection Control Policy in relation to the Coronavirus
In addition to practices listed on our Illness and Infection Control policy we will be adding the following to the settings routine to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 Infection.
Only children who are symptom free or have completed the required isolation period should attend the setting
Any child presenting with Covid symptoms (a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss/change of smell or test) MUST NOT attend for 10 days or until they have a negative LFD /PCR test and are well enough to return.
If a child has a positive LFD test, they must self isolate for 10 days, but can come out of isolation and re-join the nursery if they have a negative LFD test on day 6 AND 7 (both tests need to be taken at least 24 hours apart) and are showing no symptoms.
Wellbeing & Education
Children will be supported in age appropriate ways to understand the steps they need to take to keep themselves safe, including regular hand-washing and sneezing into a tissue and throwing it away.
Children will be supported to understand the changes and challenges they may encounter as a result of Covid-19 and staff will be aware of children's attachments and their need for emotional support at the moment.
Only staff who are symptom free or have completed the required isolation period should attend the setting.
Any staff member with a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss/change of smell or taste MUST NOT attend for 10 days or until they have a negative PCR test.
They can come out of self isolation if they have a negative LFD test on day 6 AND 7 of isolation (both tests need to be taken at least 24 hours apart) and are showing no symptoms.
For any staff member living in a household where another person has Covid symptoms, the staff member must not attend nursery for at least 10 days or until they have a negative PCR test. This self isolation requirement does nor apply if the staff member has been fully vaccinated for Covid and does not present with symptoms. They are instead to take a LFD test for 7 straight days.
Any staff member contacted by Track & Trace and instructed to self-isolate is expected to self-isolate in accordance with the law and Public Health guidelines.
Staff will be risk assessed if returning to work after a period of isolation or having had Covid
Staff will undertake twice weekly home tests whenever they are due on site.
Staff in the nursery will be limited to the number which is needed for the number of children expected.
Social Distancing and Face Coverings
Staff may wear face coverings when working with children if they wish
Staff members will avoid all close contact with each other. Staff will follow social distancing guidelines and remain 2 metres apart from each other or from parents/visitors where possible.
All staff members will receive appropriate instruction and training in infection control and the relevant operating procedures and risk assessments
All staff members are responsible for ensuring that children, parents/carers and staff members follow this policy in full.
Parents & Carers
Social Distancing & Drop Off / Collection
Only parents/carers who are symptom free and/or have completed the required isolation periods will be able to drop off and collect their child.
Parents / Carers have been requested to stay 2 metres apart from each other whilst waiting to drop or pick up their child.
Parents / Carers must stay 2 metres away from staff
Parents will receive clear communications regarding the role they play in the safe operating procedure and all measures being taken to ensure the safety of their children and themselves.
Visitors must sanitise their hands when entering the nursery
All surfaces touched by visitors must be sprayed with disinfectant and wiped down upon their departure.
All visitors are to remain strictly 2 metres away from staff.
Visitors must not enter the nursery if they are displaying symptoms of Covid.
Visits will be kept to a minimum quantity and length of time, and will take place, as much as possible, when there are minimal numbers of children in the setting, this includes prospective families.
Wherever possible staff and parents should travel to the nursery alone, using their own transport
If public transport is necessary, current government guidance on the safe use of public transport must be followed.
Parents must not leave travel accessories such as car seats, buggies at nursery unless it has been sprayed with disinfectant and wiped down.
Hygiene, Health and Safety
All children, staff and visitors must wash or sanitise their hands on arrival at nursery and before they leave to go home.
As per current policies staff and children will continue to wash hands after feeding the animals, before any food preparation, before eating any food, including snacks, after wiping their nose and after using the toilet.
Posters on good hygiene practice have been posted around the setting
All frequently used surfaces (tables, counter tops, toilets, sinks) will be cleaned and disinfected after use
Floors, door handles and light switches in the Hub will be disinfected at least daily.
IPads are to be disinfected and wiped down between users.
Face flannels will continue to be washed between use by different children and will not be shared.
Kit will be washed / sprayed with fabric antibacterial spray between uses.
Current Government guidance is that PPE SHOULD NOT be required in general practice in nurseries to protect against Covid transmission. PPE, such as aprons and gloves will continue to be worn as usual for nappy changing and the administration of first aid.
PPE is to be worn when supervising a child with symptoms of Covid if it is not possible for the staff member to remain distance from that child.
Premises & Resources
Windows will be kept open when possible to ensure good ventilation
Children will carry their own back pack and snack/lunch box around the farm
Any toys or other resources accessed by children will be cleaned and disinfected prior to being put away at the end of the day.
Some difficult to clean resources will be removed from the Hub / Farm fun bus and other play areas around the farm and free access to some resources will be limited, so that staff can control when children use resources and they need to be cleaned.
The setting will ensure an adequate supply of essential stock such as gloves, aprons and disinfectant materials as the nursery will not be able to operate without essential supplies to ensure infection control.
Upon Arrival at the Nursery all children will need to sanitise their hands prior to entering the Gated area by the bus.
Upon leaving the gated area at pick up, all children will need to sanitise their hands with the gel provided.
All staff need to wash/sanitize their hands on arrival and departure of shift
All parents/nursery and farm visitors will be asked to wash/sanitise their hands upon arrival and departure of the setting.
In the event of a staff member, child or Parent contracting COVID-19 we will follow the Government’s COVID-19:Guidance for Educational Settings.
Suspected Case of Covid-19 at Nursery
If a child or member of staff presents with symptoms of Covid-19 (a high temperature, a new continuous cough, a loss of or change to smell or taste) the following procedures will take place;
If anyone becomes ill with Covid symptoms (a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss/change of smell or taste) whilst at nursery they must be sent home and advised to follow the " Government Stay at Home Guidance"
Parents will be contacted and asked to collect their child as soon as possible
If a child is waiting to go home, they will be isolated from the other children with appropriate adult supervision. If it's not possible to isolate them, the child will be kept at least 2 metres away from others.
All remaining children to wash hand for 20 seconds
Toys/resources the unwell child was using need to be disinfected and wiped down prior to other children using them.
The staff member responsible for the child during this time should if possible be someone who was already working with that child.
The staff member caring for the child will wear appropriate PPE if it is not possible to remain distanced from that child.
If the child needs to use the bathroom whilst waiting to be collected they should use a separate bathroom and it should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before being used by anyone else.
The member of staff who has cared for the child who was taken unwell does not need to go home unless they develop symptoms. The staff member should wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds.
The area where the child was isolated should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected by the same staff member.
All protective clothing and other waste should be sealed in a plastic bag and disposed of in the correct waste bin.
There is nothing more important for us than safeguarding the health and wellbeing of all children and staff.
We will continue to keep a close eye on advice from the Department of Health and Social Care, along with Public Health England, on the Government website and will update you accordingly, we would however encourage you to please do the same.
The following sites will have all the official information you will need;