COVID-19 Information 06.3.2020

Whilst there is currently no great cause for concern, it is our duty of care to inform our parents and carers regarding Covid -19, also known as the coronavirus and to ensure that we are encouraging precautionary measures to maintain the safety and well-being of all the children in our setting.

What is Coronavirus?

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

For further information about the coronavirus, including the symptoms and details of what to do if you suspect you have coronavirus, please use the following links:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Updates on COVID-19:
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Guidance for educational settings:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

 

What Do I Need To Do?

If you have returned from:

  • Iran
  • Specific lockdown areas in northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy
  • ‘special care zones’ in South Korea as designated by the Government of the Republic of South Korea
  • Hubei province China (returned in the past 14 days)

 

The advice from Public Health England (PHE) is as follows:

You should immediately:

  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area
  • Phone your GP or NHS 24 on 111 out of hours.

Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.

 

If you have returned to the UK from any of these areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately:

  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country

Please follow this advice even if your symptoms are minor.

 

If your child is unwell and you are unsure whether they are well enough to attend the setting, we recommend that you keep them at home until you are sure they are well.

This is in the best interests of ALL our children, staff and parents/carers. Please be reminded that The Old School reserves the right to refuse use of service in line with our Medication & Illness Policy, to protect other users and vulnerable groups.

 

What Is The Old School Doing?

Good hygiene and precautionary protocols, as advised by the NHS, are the most important ways to ensure that we are safeguarding our children, families and staff health and well-being.

We also advise families to follow the hygiene and precautionary protocols advised by the NHS and to support the setting in reducing the risk of infections by following the temporary procedures in place.

You will note the following additions / changes:

  • Anti- bacterial hand-gels on all our entrances. We are requesting that all staff, parents, carers and visitors use these before entering and exiting the setting.
  • Informative posters on entrances
  • Hand cleansing areas in the unit’s signing in areas
  • Staff supporting children to wash their hands as soon as they enter the setting.

The Old School has always worked hard to ensure that our children, staff and families stay healthy and to reduce the risks of infection or the spread of childhood illnesses. Below are some of the precautions our team are taking to ensure our well-being:

  • Staff supervise the children in hand-washing, using an antibacterial soap, before specific activities, snack and lunch times and after outdoor play.
  • Children will be encouraged to wash their hands after playing with messy/shared malleable play materials
  • Malleable play materials are changed daily and some will now be used individually
  • Bedding will now be washed daily, using a high temperature and Dettol antibacterial wash
  • Toys and equipment are cleaned throughout the session with an antibacterial spray, and cleaned with a sterilising solution at the end of each day
  • Bathrooms are checked and cleaned throughout the sessions and at the end of each day
  • Staff ensure their own personal hygiene is exemplary, modelling healthy practices and supporting the children in understanding the important of health and hygiene

If you have any queries as to our standard practices or any special adjustments, we are making to ensure good health and hygiene in the setting please do not hesitate to ask a member of our team.

Please be assured that The Old School should not have to close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed told to do so by Public Health England. However, please be aware that should staff absences affect our ratios’ whereby we are unable to safely continue to operate, The Old School may input an emergency plan, which may include temporary closure.

The Department for Education has launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.