The Government has recognised the importance of child care as essential to support all parents to work. LIBERTY DAY NURSEY AND PRESCHOOL 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 the opening of early years.
In the case where we are notified of a positive test for COVID at our nursery we will 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 aired as well as continuing to deep clean the nursery with bleach and antibacterial solution. 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 in close proximity 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. See following link for full details 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 LIBERTY DAY NURSEY AND PRESCHOOL we have continued to run 2 room bubbles. At snack times we ensure that children do not share food or drink. Children are constantly monitored during these times.
Parents are not be allowed into LIBERTY DAY NURSEY AND PRESCHOOL at the moment 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 given hand sanitizers or taken to wash their hands immediately after drop off and throughout the day. The stringent cleaning of all rooms daily will remain in place.