What are the pre-school doing to ensure the environment is safe?
We are taking every precaution to ensure a safe environment for your children and are meeting guidance provided by the Government. In line with this we continue to:
- Follow a strict hand hygiene regime with handwashing of children upon entry and departure, before snack/lunchtime, after messy activities, upon entry from the garden area and after blowing noses.
- Maintaining a strict cleaning regime to include:
- Wiping touch surfaces regularly throughout the day with anti-bacterial spray
- Ensuring toilet and handwashing areas are wiped down regularly throughout the day
- Daily cleaning of premises
- Daily steaming of toys at end of day
- Promote and follow ‘Catch it, Kill it, Bin it’ to encourage good hand and respiratory hygiene.
- Maintain good ventilation with open windows and doors in session for air-flow and more heavy schedule towards outdoor activities (where weather allows).
- Ensure group events are limited in numbers depending on the space and that negative lateral flow tests are presented by any adult attendees.
- Ensure any external visitors (kept to absolute minimum) to the pre-school premises complete a negative lateral flow before entry and maintain good distance (where possible) from the children.
- Limit access for parents to pre-school building with drop-off and pick-up from the garden gate.
- Mid-morning and mid-afternoon temperature testing of children where required.
- Monitor children for symptoms of Covid-19 and refuse or send home children where Covid-19 symptom/s are observed.
What to do if your child is displaying symptoms of Covid-19?
If your child is unwell and displaying any of the below Covid-19 symptoms your child should remain at home and a PCR test should be booked. Your child should isolate and not attend pre-school until a negative PCR test is received. We ask that evidence of the PCR test result is emailed to us before attending and that your child joins us at their next full session.
What are the Covid-19 symptoms?
Please see the following link for full details: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/coronavirus-in-children/
The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
How do I book a PCR test?
PCR tests are available to complete at home with a test at home kit or can be completed at a local walk-in or drive-in test centre.
Bookings can be made via the following link: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
NHS direct provides some useful information on what to expect from PCR testing at the following link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/?wt.mc_id=coronavirus_asymptomatic_testing&wt.tsrc=paid_search&gclid=CjwKCAjwkvWKBhB4EiwA-GHjFsGLxitEnHL7y8eknBPDIrN1fnNBmiWhDBK1oBoZmDs80RKmaZ9ulhoCkNkQAvD_BwE
What is the latest guidance on the self-isolation period for people who test positive for Covid-19?
Since Wednesday 22 December, the 10 day self-isolation period for people who record a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 has been reduced to 7 days in most circumstances, unless you cannot test for any reason.
Individuals may now take LFD tests on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart. This also applies to children under 5, with LFD testing at parental or guardian discretion. If both these test results are negative, and you do not have a high temperature, you may end your self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to your education setting from day 8.
What happens if my child receives a positive PCR test result?
- Maintain isolation
- Contact the pre-school via email/phone and notify us of the test result and the advised date of return from track and trace (track and trace will contact us in addition)
- The pre-school team will issue you with at home learning activities and suggestions and your child’s key-worker will get in contact
What happens if someone in my child’s household tests positive for Covid?
Children under 5 are not being advised to take part in daily testing of close contacts. If a child under 5 is a contact of a confirmed case, they are not required to self-isolate and should not start daily testing. If they live in the same household as someone with Covid-19 they should limit their contact with anyone who is at higher risk of severe illness if infected by Covid-19, and arrange to take a PCR test as soon as possible. They can continue to attend their education setting while waiting for the PCR result. If they receive a positive result they should follow the above guidance on self-isolation.
All instances of people testing positive for Covid-19 in the child’s household, alongside confirmation that a PCR test is being undertaken for the child should be reported to the pre-school. Once the child’s PCR test result is back please ensure proof of the result is provided to the pre-school staff.
Are there any instances where the pre-school would close due to Covid?
It is very unlikely we will need to close the pre-school due to Covid-19. There are only two possible instances where this might happen:
- Closure may be recommended in the case of an ‘outbreak’. Closure may be put in place temporarily to try to manage the risk of further spreading and to allow for deep cleaning of the premises.
- An outbreak is classed as 5 children/staff or more confirmed as positive for Covid-19 who are likely to have mixed closely within a 10 day period.
- Closure may occur if we have multiple staff absent who have tested positive for Covid-19 and we are unable to find cover staff to maintain the legal ratios we require for staff to children. In the first instance we may need to reduce the number of children in session and this will be managed on a case by case basis.
Please do get in contact if you have any questions on the above information.