Coronavirus policy  

Due to the recent events surrounding Coronavirus, this is the policy that the preschool will now be using. This will be updated as guidance changes and we are following the government guidelines regarding coronavirus with immediate effect. It is extremely important that we are all honest with one another about any suspected cases or any isolation periods that have been enforced or recommended. 

 

What is a coronavirus? 

Coronaviruses are a common type of virus. They typically cause fever and a cough, which may progress to more severe pneumonia, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties in some people, according to Public Health England (PHE).

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei province, China. The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild and most of those who have died in Wuhan appear to have had pre-existing health conditions.

Because little is known about this new strain of the virus, it is not clear how it is spread, however, similar viruses tend to be spread by coughs and sneezes – so the way the infection gains entry to the body is the same as the way it exits and spreads to others.

It is also possible that the virus may be spread by touching a surface or object that has been coughed or sneezed on by someone with the virus – such as by touching a doorknob or shaking hands with someone and then touching your face.

There is currently no specific cure for the new Coronavirus so treatment is aimed at relieving the symptoms.

It is important to remember that the risk of getting the illness is still unlikely.

The chief medical officers for the UK have been preparing the UK and have already put in place robust infection control measures to respond immediately. The NHS is well-prepared and used to managing infections and are already working to quickly identify any contacts of the patients confirmed to have the virus, to prevent further spread.

 

Cleaning and disinfecting in the setting: 

  • Parents and carers will be asked to do a handover at the door at drop off and collection.

  • We are advised to limit parental visits to the setting.

  • Any visitors to the setting will be asked if they have shown any signs of coronavirus and upon entry they must sanitise hands, sign in the visitor book. Scanning onto the NHS track and trace is now optional. They will wash their hands. Visitors will not be required to wear a mask unless they choose to do so.

  • All children and adults will sanitise or preferably wash their hands as they enter the setting, before they eat, after going outside, after wiping their nose or coughing and using the toilet. In addition adults will sanitise their hands frequently during the day.  

  • The kitchen, garden, rooms and bathrooms will be disinfected daily using a disinfectant meeting the BS EN 1276 or BS EN 13697. In addition an antiviral surface cleaner will be sprayed which kills Covid-19.

  • Our usual cleaning routine will continue with extra care given to high touch points.  For example: Door handles, taps and toys.  These will be done at regular intervals

  • All toys and equipment are sprayed with an antiviral spray.

  • All toys are used in rotation therefore meet the 72 hour quarantine period.

  • We operate as one bubble. All staff will test twice weekly on a Sunday and a Wednesday.

  • All staff are double vaccinated against the virus.

  • Snack is pre-prepared as a way to reduce the possible spread of germs, specifically, covid-19.

  • A weekly message will be sent to parents reminding them of the symptoms of Covid-19 and the procedure to follow should their child or anyone in their family display symptoms.

 

Illness and exclusion periods: ​

  • If your child is showing any symptoms of the coronavirus including a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and/or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, you will need to keep your child isolated as per the government guidelines. Fees are applied as normal if the nursery is open. 

  • Under-18s, irrespective of their vaccination status, and double vaccinated adults will not need to self-isolate if they are a close contact of a positive case.

  • We do require you to carry out a lateral flow test on your child and record a negative result before entering the nursery setting.

  • They will be strongly advised to take a PCR test and, if positive, will need to isolate.

  • If you test positive, your self-isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day you had the test, if you do not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days.

  • The UK's definition of a 'close contact'--15 or more minutes within 2 metres of distance--used for its coronavirus track and trace system, should curb the spread of COVID-19 infection, indicates research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

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Created: March 2020   Reviewed: October 2021       Next Review: August 2022