COVID information for parents
The Government has recognised the importance of child care as essential to support all parents to work. LEYF has therefore decided to stay open and provide this service. The Department for Education has drawn on evidence from SAGE and accessed advice from Public Health England (PHE) to provide the following rationale as to why schools are closed and nurseries are open.
As soon as we are notified of a positive test for COVID at one of our nurseries we contact parents whose children have been in contact with the person who has tested positive. These children must be isolated at home for 10 days.
We also arrange for the rooms to be fogged as well as continuing to deep clean the nursery with hospital-grade effervescent chlorine every night. In addition, we will keep in touch with parents and will provide home learning for the children. We are also supporting the staff who have been sent home.
What does being in contact mean?
The Government defines a contact as anyone who has been close to someone ‘anytime from 2 days before the person who tested positive developed their symptoms, and up to 10 days after, as this is when they can pass the infection on to others’ https://bit.ly/2Wejq7S
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19
If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to nursery and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.
All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’. Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
The 10-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill, or the day when you were last in contact with an infected person who shows symptoms within 48-hours.
PROCESSES IN THE NURSERY
Government guidelines allow a whole nursery to be run as a bubble but at LEYF we have continued to run room bubbles. However, in some nurseries we need to merge two bubbles with just a few children at the beginning and the end of the day. This is to avoid staff in the nurseries working 12 hour days, which impacts health and wellbeing. We now allocate dedicated bank staff to just one nursery each week to preserve the integrity of the nursery bubbles and minimise the risk of cross-infection.
Parents are not be allowed into LEYF nurseries and will need to drop off and pick up at the nursery door. Parents also need to wear face masks at these times. The children are taken to wash their hands immediately after drop off and throughout the day. The stringent cleaning of all rooms daily will remain in place. Please see our risk assessment here.
GUIDELINES TO WINTER INFECTIONS
As winter is here, we know a lot of children will have colds and runny noses and there will be lots of questions from parents about whether they should bring their child to nursery. We have put together a simple guide that distinguishes the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) from the usual colds and winter illnesses. This will help staff to navigate the winter infections and to advise parents on whether their child should stay at home. Please see our guieline here.