At Hatching Dragons, we take health and safety and Infection control protocols within the school very seriously and we continue to review our policies in order to put measures in place for to protect all children, carers, staff and visitors within our setting.
In light of the current outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have put together some information, all of which is based on Government Advice and Public Health England.
1. Who's allowed to attend the nursery?
All children and team members will be welcomed back to the setting from 1st June 2020. If a staff member or parent has any concerns regarding their health/child’s health and has displayed any coronavirus symptoms you will be required to complete the exclusion period as advised by NHS.
2. In which conditions does the exclusion period apply?
a) When a child, young person or staff member develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus, they should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 7 days. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days.
b) All Key workers who are symptomatic and have been advised to self isolate will be referred for a COVID-19 test or will be able to book a test using the following link: https://www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test
c) Where the child, young person or staff member tests positive, the rest of their class/group within their childcare or education setting should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that wider class/group do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms
3. What about shielded and clinically vulnerable people?
For the vast majority of children and young people, coronavirus is a mild illness. Children and young people (0 to 18 years of age) who have been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable due to pre-existing medical conditions have been advised to shield.
We do not expect these children to be attending school or college, and they should continue to be supported at home as much as possible. Clinically vulnerable (but not clinically extremely vulnerable) people are those considered to be at a higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. A small minority of children will fall into this category, and parents should follow medical advice if their child is in this category. If your child falls under this category please speak to the nursery manager.
Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals are advised not to work outside the home. We are strongly advising people, including education staff, who are clinically extremely vulnerable (those with serious underlying health conditions which put them at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus and have been advised by their clinician or through a letter) to rigorously follow shielding measures in order to keep themselves safe. If a child or staff is concerned about the above please speak to the nursery manager.
4. Will you monitor the children's temperature?
The nursery will not be checking staff or children temperatures on arrival to the setting, however a forehead thermometer will be available on site to check any temperatures during the day.
5. Do you have any recommendations to travel to the nursery?
The nursery would encourage all team members and families to ensure precaution is taken when traveling to the nursery, the management team will provide necessary PPE for all staff travelling to the setting using public transport. Wherever possible staff and families are encouraged to use their own transport, cycle or walk to the setting.
1. Have you implemented any precautions for drop off or collection?
We have identified drop off and collection times to minimise traffic in the nursery. All classrooms will now have dedicated drop off and collection times, parents will not be able to drop/collect their child/ren at any other time unless this has been agreed with the management team. At this present time only one parent will be able to enter the building to drop/collect their child/ren.
If you have more than one child who attends the nursery then you will need to follow the youngest child’s drop off and collection time.
Dragon Flight (3-5s): 8.30-8.50am
Blue Dragons (2-3s): 9am-9.20am
Hatchlings and Baby Dragons (Pre 2s): 9.30-9.50am
Children attending afternoon sessions only (all age groups): 1.40 pm
Dragon Flight (3-5s): 4.50-5.10pm
Blue Dragons (2-3s): 5.20-5.40pm
Hatchlings and Baby Dragons (Pre 2s): 5.50-6.10pm
Children attending morning sessions only (all age groups): 1.20 pm
We have implemented a one way system to ensure social distancing measures are in place. Parents are asked to use the following routes on drop off and collection:
Drop Off Times
Blue Dragons (2-3s) and Dragons Flight (3-5s): 8.10-8.40am
Hatchlings and Baby Dragons (Pre 2s): 8.50-9.20am
Children attending afternoon sessions only (all age groups): 1.10pm
Blue Dragons (2-3s) and Dragons Flight (3-5s): 4.30-5pm
Hatchlings and Baby Dragons (Pre 2s): 5.10-5.40pm
Children attending morning sessions only (all age groups): 12.50pm
We have implemented a one way system to ensure social distancing measures are in place:
2. Measurements for both settings:
a) To minimise physical interaction Handover for your child and to reduce the wait time for each parent and child, all relevant information regarding your child’s day will be available in your child’s daily diary on eyLog. No verbal feedback will be given at collection time and if there is something significant that needs to be discussed then parents will receive a phone call from either the child’s key person or a member of the management team.
b) Should a parent need to hand over any medication that will require a medication form to be completed then the parent will be brought into the manager’s office to complete it.
1. About Handwashing
All staff and children will regularly wash their hands. The nursery will provide adequate supplies of soap and paper towels throughout the day.
2. Will you have antibacterial stations?
The nursery has placed a few antibacterial stations in the building to avoid the spread of infection. This will be made available to all parents/staff when entering and leaving the building. The following sections of the building will have the following supplies available:
a. Ground Floor Entrance: Table with Antibacterial and gloves
b. High Walk Entrance: Table with Antibacterial dispenser.
c. Third Floor Entrance: Table with Antibacterial dispenser
3. How are you going to clean Toys and Equipments?
All toys and equipment will be cleaned regularly throughout the day, at the end of each day all toys will be disinfected and returned to the room in preparation for the following day. Shared nursery resources will be kept to a minimum during this period.
3. How does your general housekeeping work?
The nursery will continue to be cleaned throughout the day using antibacterial spray. The nursery sites are also cleaned each evening by our designated cleaners, this includes all communal areas, toilets, kitchens and office spaces.
4. What happens with the staff uniforms and the used linens?
To avoid infection staff uniforms should be left at work using the lockers provided and washed regularly. Nursery linen will be removed at the end of the children's sleep time each day and washed. The children mats will be disinfected on a daily basis after the children are awake from their sleep.
5. Do you have any precautions for sleep time?
Children’s beds will be laid out 2 metres apart in each and children will lay down top to tail.
All prospective show arounds at present will be restricted so far as possible and will be conducted via video call. In the event video conferences are not reasonable, the nursery will ensure that all visitors on site have the relevant PPE and are kept in the reception area with an oversight of the rooms.
Settling in session will continue to take place as normal, only one parent to attend the settling in session and will be providing parents with relevant ppe during their time in the classrooms.
Health authorities may take very directive actions in the case of any outbreak in which we are involved, so our plan will be fluid and reactive to the needs of any externally imposed instructions or restrictions