Naturally, parents will harbour concerns regarding the possible transmission at nursery of the Covid-19 infection
Here at Ellingham House, we have fully implemented the recommendations of the Early Years COVID-19 Response Group’s advice contained in their ‘Early Years Settings COVID-19 Site Operating Procedures’ document. The document is a most comprehensive collation of the current guidance provided by Public Health England and the Department for Education.
Copies can be requested from the office if required and will be on display throughout the nursery
In essence, in addition to implementing high levels of hygiene practices, each group of children and staff will be in self-isolating ‘bubbles’ – as far as is reasonably possible – to ensure the best possible physical distancing between groups. Effectively, Baby-Unit, Toddlers, Conservatory and Pre-School will have their own staff and play areas and will not mix. Unlike most settings, we have structurally separated areas for our children.
Parents will be required to take the temperature of their children just prior to setting off for nursery and we will implement a zero tolerance policy towards any symptomatic presentation. I appreciate that this approach will no doubt prove to create inconveniences for parents but, at this juncture, it is absolutely necessary. Parents must ensure that they are contactable at ALL TIMES whilst their child is at nursery.
Obviously, social distancing between children and children, and between children and staff, is not possible for ‘Under Fives’. Also, as children would be frightened, it is not desired or required by guidance, for staff to be wearing masks. Children should also not wear a face covering – as with the staff, face coverings are not required, are impractical and can be scary!
Social distancing for parents will be important and we will restrict the number of parents within the house at drop off and collection times – you may be asked to wait in your cars at these times. Whilst the wearing of face coverings by parents is at your discretion, you MUST sanitise your hands and your children’s hands immediately upon entry of the nursery.
Children often bring in soft cuddly toys, muzzies, or some such security item. It is important to the children that they are still able to bring with them their precious ‘comforters’. However, it is most important to us that these ‘support’ items are freshly laundered, sweet smelling and
disease free. Please kindly ensure this to be the case.
Fortunately, all current medical and scientific knowledge indicates that young children are the least affected by Covid-19 and that indeed, some countries are suggesting that they are highly unlikely to be able to transmit the virus. This is encouraging but it is very early stages in our collective understanding of the virus and its transmission.
It is to our wonderful ‘Pink Ladies’ that I take my hat off. They are key workers and are aware that they themselves are not immune – and yet, they have enthusiastically and professionally met with the challenges of the pandemic, consistently providing “the finest care, the greatest fun and the most encouragement” to all who join us each day.
Please do not hesitate to speak with me for further reassurance as required.