Little Cherubs Nursery

LONDON, KENSINGTON

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LITTLE CHERUBS COVID-19 Policy

Precautions, Practice & Procedures For The Nursery, Staff, Parents and Children

This Policy outlines Little Cherubs Nursery School’s response in relation to the Coronavirus Pandemic 2020. It follows to the best of our ability guidelines set out by the UK Government and the Department of Education.

  • These procedures and measures will be subject to change due to updated advice and guidance from the government and relevant medical and educational authorities.
  • The nursery will remain open unless directed to close by the Government or Local Authority.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision

What is Covid-19 / Coronavirus?

The World Health Organisation gives the following overview:

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.  Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol-based rub frequently and not touching your face. 

The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it is important that you also practise respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).

At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments. WHO will continue to provide updated information as soon as clinical findings become available.

www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

Check the NHS website if you think you or your child may have symptoms or view the information at the end of this document: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms-and-what-to-do/

How to stop infection spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with coronavirus.

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Don't

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

The outlined measures below will be in place until the end of the

Autumn Term 2020 – 9 September 2020 until 9 December 2020

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See document: PPE provision in schools during Covid-19 isolation phase activity

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What Parents Will Do

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What Children Will Do

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Procedures for Coming Back to Nursery for Autumn Term 2020

Schools and nurseries have been directed to open by the Government/Local Authority.

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Drop Off & Collection Procedures

To minimise the risk of spreading infection and in creating ‘Gatherings’ of people, parents will not be admitted into the building unless by prior arrangement.

Only one adult to drop off and collect to minimise numbers of people.

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Collection

Morning Collection

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Afternoon Collection For children who attend the full day session

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To support transitions in these unusual circumstances please help us to keep the nursery entrance as clear as possible by not leaving buggies and pushchairs in the playground. These may be left in an orderly fashion and not blocking the stairs or entrance to the playground. They will be left at the owner’s risk

NHS Advice:

Self-isolation if you or someone you live with has symptoms-Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Self-isolation helps stop coronavirus spreading

Do not leave your home if you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or live with someone who does.

This is called self-isolation.

If you are self-isolating, you must:

  • not leave your home for any reason – if you need food or medicine, order them by phone or online, or ask someone else to drop them off at your home
  • not have visitors, such as friends and family, in your home

You can use your garden, if you have one. Any exercise should be taken at home.

Information:

If you're not sure if you need to self-isolate

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), use the 111 coronavirus service to find out what to do.

How long to self-isolate

If you have symptoms

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, you'll need to self-isolate for 7 days.

After 7 days:

  • if you do not have a high temperature, you do not need to self-isolate
  • if you still have a high temperature, keep self-isolating until your temperature returns to normal

You do not need to self-isolate if you just have a cough after 7 days. A cough can last for several weeks after the infection has gone.

If you live with someone who has symptoms

If you live with someone who has symptoms, you'll need to self-isolate for 14 days from the day their symptoms started. This is because it can take 14 days for symptoms to appear.

If more than 1 person at home has symptoms, self-isolate for 14 days from the day the first person started having symptoms.

If you get symptoms, self-isolate for 7 days from when your symptoms start, even if it means you are self-isolating for longer than 14 days.

If you do not get symptoms, you can stop self-isolating after 14 days.

Track and Trace

Visit the link below for details about the Coronavirus testing and tracing.

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

If you're told you've been in contact with a person who has coronavirus:

  • stay at home (self-isolate) for 14 days from the day you were last in contact with the person – it can take up to 14 days for symptoms to appear
  • do not leave your home for any reason – if you need food or medicine, order it online or by phone, or ask friends and family to drop it off at your home
  • do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for essential care
  • try to avoid contact with anyone you live with as much as possible
  • people you live with do not need to self-isolate if you do not have symptoms
  • people in your support bubble do not need to self-isolate if you do not have symptoms

Coronavirus in children-Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Children can get coronavirus (COVID-19), but they seem to get it less often than adults and it's usually less serious.

What to do if your child has symptoms of coronavirus

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • A Loss of or a change to your sense of smell or taste

Call 111 If your child has these symptoms. Organise a test.

What to do if your child seems very unwell

Children and babies will still get illnesses that can make them very unwell quickly. It's important to get medical help if you need it.

Urgent advice:Call 111 or your GP surgery if your child:

  • is under 3 months old and has a temperature of 38C or higher, or you think they have a fever
  • is 3 to 6 months old and has a temperature of 39C or higher, or you think they have a fever
  • has other signs of illness, such as a rash, as well as a high temperature (fever)
  • has a high temperature that's lasted for 5 days or more
  • does not want to eat, or is not their usual self and you're worried
  • has a high temperature that does not come down with paracetamol
  • is dehydrated – for example, nappies are not very wet, sunken eyes, and no tears when they're crying

Immediate action required:Call 999 if your child:

  • has a stiff neck
  • has a rash that does not fade when you press a glass against it (use the "glass test" from Meningitis Now)
  • is bothered by light
  • has a seizure or fit for the first time (they cannot stop shaking)
  • has unusually cold hands and feet
  • has pale, blotchy, blue or grey skin
  • has a weak, high-pitched cry that's not like their usual cry
  • is drowsy and hard to wake
  • is extremely agitated (does not stop crying) or is confused
  • finds it hard to breathe and sucks their stomach in under their ribs
  • has a soft spot on their head that curves outwards
  • is not responding like they usually do, or not interested in feeding or usual activities

Appendix 1

PPE provision in schools during Covid-19 isolation phase activity

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Please note:

  1. Any person, staff or pupil, showing any symptoms of Coronavirus, or with household members showing symptoms, should stay at home.
  2. PPE is for the protection of the wearer and should only be used as a last resort. By far the most effective methods to avoid catching Coronavirus is social distancing (keeping minimum 2 metres distance, and thorough and regular hand washing). This is particularly important in managing spread by contact points, such as something that others will have touched, such as toys, equipment, pens, door handles etc. You should also avoid touching your own face before hand washing. If you believe that PPE is required for an activity not in this guidance, based on your own risk assessment, please share this with Corporate Health & Safety (details below) for review.
  3. If providing care involves Aerosol Generating Procedures (AGP) then please consult the relevant government PPE guidance separately. AGPs are specialist care such as suction, ventilation and oxygen. If you are unsure, please consult section 8.1 of the government’s PPE guidance.  
  4. PHE guidance does not recommend any need for PPE for essential staff coming into work locations but must be used on public transport and if interacting with public/residents.
  5. This advice is for PPE specifically to protect against Coronavirus. Activities might require PPE to protect against other risks, and this PPE must also be used. Eye/face protection is only required where splashing might occur. If you are in doubt about the need for PPE, talk to your manager.
  6. PPE should not be re-used, however, should supplies of PPE run low, please be aware that some items of PPE can be reused in line with the government’s guidance if absolutely necessary.
  1. PPE to be obtained through each school’s usual supply routes. If schools experience any difficulties in ordering PPE, please contact: CHSCovid19Coordination@rbkc.gov.uk For support or advice please contact Corporatehealthandsafety@westminster.gov.uk in Westminster and in RBKC please speak to CorporateHealthandSafety@rbkc.gov.uk so that the team can provide advice.
  2. Quarantine - A two-week quarantine period for anyone arriving in the UK from countries outside the travel corridors by plane, ferry or train, the government says. The measures were being introduced to "keep the transmission rate down and prevent a devastating second wave. They and their household members must then not go to work, school, or public areas, or use public transport or taxis.

Putting on and Removing PPE

It is also important that any PPE equipment is put on and removed safely so that staff do not contaminate themselves.  There is a specific order in which this should be done detailed below:

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A Public Health England COVID-19: Removal and disposal of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) video is also available.

This Policy was established on 19/5/2020 by Mylene Colvin. Updated on 3 September 2020

To be Reviewed as Government Guidance is updated

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