Summary of our system of control from Sep 2020 to support parents understanding
This is the set of actions early years settings must take. They are outlined in more detail below.
1) minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend settings
2) clean hands thoroughly more often than usual
3) ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
4) introduce enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often using standard products, such as detergents and bleach
5) minimise contact between groups where possible
6) where necessary, wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
Numbers 1 to 4 must be in place in all settings, all the time.
Number 5 must be properly considered, and settings must put in place measures that suit their particular circumstances.
Number 6 applies in all specific circumstances.
Response to any infection:
7) engage with the NHS Test and Trace process
8) manage confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the setting community
9) contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice
10) notify Ofsted
COVID 19 partial or full closure information for parents:
If a Nursery child or member of staff has tested positive the school will:
- Complete a Risk Assessment to identify close contacts
- Share the Risk Assessment with the LA Contact Tracing/Public Health England /Department of Education and governors to decide on the action that is required.
- Isolate pupils and staff who are deemed to be a close contact
- As Nursery is a play environment with many children and staff in a shared space it may be necessary to isolate bubbles of children and staff from one unit or classroom.
- Small schools may need to close to all pupils and staff for an insolation period.
- Inform parents and staff by telephone and through a letter published on the website about a positive case and the action the school is taking.
- During an isolation period school will offer home learning resources through the websites, social media, Tapestry or resource packs.