How will the Pre-School maintain social distancing?
We are under no illusion that being able to social distance a group of children aged under 5 is possible. But we have taken every care to put special measures in place to make sure that the children are in a safe and welcoming environment which will help them to minimise contact where possible. This will include making the most of the outdoor spaces available to us, limiting how many children use resources at one time and chairs evenly spaced out at register or group times.
How will the pre-school ensure hygiene?
Hand washing and hygiene will be very important. The children will wash their hands as they come in, before and after meals and activities and before they leave the building. Where this is not possible the children will be using hand sanitising gel. The Pre-School will be the sole users of the village hall allowing staff more time to make sure the hall and resources are clean each day. There will also be a rota for staff to complete cleaning tasks throughout the day to maintain a safe and hygienic environment for both staff and children. Government guidance recommends that washing of all clothes is recommended following a day in the childcare setting. Clothing which cannot be machine washed should be avoided.
How will the new drop off and pick up routine work?
To continue to maintain a safe environment for the children, we will be asking that only one parent (preferably the same parent) drops off their child and picks up their child at the beginning and end of each session. We will be using the side door closest to the car park to allow parents the opportunity to drop their child off while keeping to the 2 meters apart social distancing rules. We ask that one family comes to the door at a time and the other families wait in their car or at a safe distance until that family has left the entrance. Parents will be asked to drop their child off at the door and not to enter the building. Items can be dropped off in the box provided at the entrance. Packed lunches to be able to be eaten from their lunch box, as no food will be able to be heated to minimise contact. Drink bottle needs to be brought in from home and clearly labelled with child’s name and put in the box at the drop off point. We ask that you provide a bag with only the necessary items for your child’s daily care needs and place it in the box provided. All items should be collected from the box at the end of each session your child attends.
Your child will have their temperature checked at the door and will be brought in by one of the Checkendon ladies. If your child has a temperature. They will be sent home with you.
What happens if my child falls ill at pre-school?
If a child becomes unwell with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID19) while at Pre-School and needs to be cared for until they can return home, they will be isolated from other children on the stage area with one member of staff who will be required to put on the appropriate PPE. Please see the risk assessment for detailed information on PPE requirements.
Please make sure that all your contact details are correct an up to date and make sure that you are accessible to the phone in case of these situations. If your child is showing symptoms of this virus please do not bring them in. The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
Useful information and links
Checkendon Pre-School Policy
Checkendon Pre-School Risk Assessments