Hempsted Playgroup and Toddlers

                                                          General Contingency/Outbreak Plan and Control measures

       

General contingency and Control Measures

 

Since the start of the pandemic, we have adapted how we operate as a setting to ensure we continue to offer a safe and secure environment for our children, staff, parents, professionals and visitors that have needed to come in to our setting.

 

The following procedures will be kept in place:

  • Increased cleaning processes remain in place. The setting will be cleaned throughout the day, ensuring areas that are used regularly will be safe to do so.

  • Staff members carry out regular Lateral Flow Device testing (due for review by PH, DfE in September 2021

  • Ventilation is a key part of infection control, doors and windows remain open and outdoor play is encouraged. Allowing a flow of fresh air throughout the setting will

  1. Ensure good hygiene for everyone.

  2. Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes, using standard products such as detergents.

  3. Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.

  4. Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19. (Gov.uk)

 

Hand-washing

Frequent hand washing is inclusive of our regular day to day routine.

We will continue to ensure that children, staff and anyone who is entering our setting will wash their hands regularly, with soap and water or by using a hand sanitiser.

 

Respiratory hygiene

Talking about ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’. Using tissues to ‘catch it’, putting the dirty tissue into the bin and ensuring hands are washed afterwards.

PPE will only be used where necessary.

 

Cleaning

This will continue to take place throughout the session, paying particular emphasis on frequently touched surfaces.

The setting will be cleaned at the end of day as well.

 

Ventilation

The setting will be kept ventilated (open windows and doors) to allow fresh air to flow through but we will maintain the balance of it to ensure the temperature is comfortable.

 

Public Health advice

We will follow the advice of Public Health with regards to:

Individuals developing COVID-19 symptoms or testing positive.

When to self-isolate and what to do.

If anyone in our setting shows signs of COVID-19, they will be sent home and we will follow the public health advice.

PPE will be used if necessary.

Face Coverings

May be advised to be worn temporarily.

Shielding

In the event of another outbreak, shielding could be reintroduced.

Possibility of limiting parents in the setting for visits/plays and meetings.

Outbreak Plan

When the playgroup infection cases of children or staff members reach 5 cases or 10% over a 10-day period this may be referred to as a COVID-19 outbreak. Hempsted Playgroup will take further advice from PHE.

 

Actions may be:

  • A more intense deep clean

  • Partial closure of areas in the nursery

  • Isolation of identified children or staff members

Actions following high levels of risk and infection

Attendance restrictions will only be used as a last resort. Our requests would be presented in the following order:

  • If you are able to keep your child home, please do so.

  • Only vulnerable children and those whose parents are critical workers may attend.

Measures to prevent the spread of infection.

Ensuring every child would still receive learning and support from the setting, using emails and other media.

Communication to parents/carers with regards to changes that would need to be made, via email or telephone calls.

 

All settings should seek public health advice if a pupil, student, child or staff member is admitted to hospital with COVID-19. They can do this by phoning the DfE helpline (0800 046 8687, option 1), or in line with other local arrangements. Hospitalisation could indicate increased severity of illness or a new variant of concern. Settings may be offered public health support in managing risk assessments and communicating with staff and parents (Contingency Framework August 2021)

 

September 2021