Nursery Operational Guidance during CoronaVirus

We have developed temporary operating guidelines which follow Government regulations during the Pandemic. Children who attend the nursery have very quickly adapted to our new processes.  The nursery is filled with laughter, singing, reading, talking, exploring, learning new skills and all the activities children loved before CoronaVirus, whilst we keep everyone safe.

Our families have praised our new operations.  One family said "During the COVID pandemic, the staff have been informative and relentless in the pursuit of cleanliness and safety". Another stated, "Throughout the pandemic they have rethought their entire operation to make sure that all feel confident in the safety of children, staff and parents".

Area of consideration How does it work for the children and families?

Drop off-reducing face-to face contact with and between parents and carers

  • Families are issued with staggered times to drop off/collect. Social distancing to be always adhered to.
  • Parents (one parent only per family) will drop and pick up the children. Parents are always to demonstrate social distancing and should leave the premises promptly
  • Non-walking children should arrive in a buggy – the staff member will take the child from the buggy and the parent can take back the buggy. This will aid with social distancing.  Parents to wear masks on site and dropping off or collecting their children.  Staff will do the same.
  • Each Group Room will have an allocated door for drop off and collection: At More2Riverside: Rollers: Grass area of garden (middle door), Rompers: Main Entrance, Runners: Rear Entrance (door on left as you face the building).  At More2Childcare: Rollers and Racers Main Entrance, Rompers and Runners: Door by the Rollers/Rompers Garden at the back of the building.
  • No Parents will be allowed in the building at any time of the day, this includes settling in.
  • Settling in sessions will take place in the Garden area (Weather permitted) and still following the social distancing rules.
  • Only children who are symptom free or have completed the required isolation period will be allowed to attend the setting.
  • On arrival at the Nursery, it is reasonable (for staff) to ask if parents, children or any member of the household have any of the symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature or a persistent cough). If the answer is yes, then they will not be allowed to leave their child at the setting. The child cannot return until a negative test result has been confirmed and agreed return with Nursery or current isolation guidelines followed. ( if a child or staff member tests positive, the rest of their immediate group within the nursery should be sent home and self-isolate for 14 days. This extends to all members of children’s and staff-member's household.)
  • Children will not be permitted to bring in toys, teddys or blankets (or similar).
Drop off-reducing face-to face contact with and between parents and carers - part 2
  • Once child/children have entered the setting the staff member will take child/children to wash their hands straight away.
  • Please encourage your child/children to avoid touching their face, eyes, nose and mouth.
  • We ask parents where possible to avoid all non-essential public transport travel, and outside of setting hours, follow national guidelines for social interaction.).
  • Any child who has taken any form of paracetamol or ibuprofen will not be allowed into Nursery for 48hours after symptoms have ended.
  • The children may take a little longer to settle back at nursery, so please bear with the team and share any relevant information that may support your child’s settling in.
  • Only parents who are symptom free and or have completed the required isolation periods will be able to drop off or collect their child.
  • If parents would like a detailed conversation with staff or management this will need to be done via email, telephone or video conferencing

Physical Distancing

  • Children’s sessions will be organised into small groups/”bubbles” of attendance with as much consistent staff as possible, and minimising contact with other groups around the nursery.
  • Care routines including provision of snacks will be within the space allocated to each “bubble”/group wherever possible.
  • Outdoor spaces will be used by different “bubbles” at different times of the day.
  • Windows will be kept open as far as possible to ensure ventilation
  • It is not expected that children and staff within a group will keep 2 metres apart
Play and learning
  • We plan on Implementing social distancing where possible:
  • Small groups 
  • Parents to leave the site (garden) promptly after dropping off children whilst social distancing from other families
  • We will be minimising the self-choice resources available to those that can be cleaned effectively.
  • We will be ensuring children wash hands regularly, throughout the day, as well as before eating, after coughing or sneezing.

Children's wellbeing and education

  • The children will be supported in developmentally appropriate ways to understand the steps they can take to keep themselves safe including regular hand washing and sneezing into a tissue, incorporating staff being good role models to assist in the children’s learning.
  • The children will be supported to understand the changes and challenges they may be encountering because of COVID-19 and staff need to ensure they are aware of children’s attachments and their need for emotional support at this time. (Age appropriate)
Going to the toilet and 
cleaning up of accidents
  • The children will be supported with their independence when toileting.
  • We will limit the number of children using the hand washing facilities.
  • Children should not attend if unwell.
  • If an accident happens whilst it is dealt with no one else should use the bathroom.
  • Once the child has been cleaned, the bathroom will be cleaned and disinfected using standard cleaning products before being used by anyone else.
If a child starts displaying
  • If your child/children begin displaying a continuous cough or a high temperature, they will be sent home to isolate and get a test as per the guidelines.
  • A child awaiting collection will be moved, if possible and appropriate, to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door. If it is not possible to isolate them, then we will move them to an area which is at least 2 metres away from other people. A window should be opened for ventilation.
  • If the child/children need to go to the bathroom/ a nappy change while waiting to be collected, the bathroom/nappy changing area will be cleaned and disinfected using standard cleaning products before being used by anyone else.
  • If clinical advice is needed, the setting staff, parent or guardian will go online to NHS 111 (or call 111 if they don’t have internet access
Workforce - attendance
  • All staff coming to the setting will avoid all non-essential public transport travel, whenever possible and outside of setting hours, should minimise social interactions, as per the national guidelines

  • Consideration will be given to limiting the number of staff in the Nursery at any one time to only those required to care for the expected occupancy levels on any given day.

  • Staff will only attend the Nursery if they are symptom free, have completed the required isolation period or achieved a negative test result.

Food preparation and 

  • We will be mindful of the number of bubbles in food area. 1 bubble at a time.
  • We will only have 4 people per table and tables will be spread out
  • The nursery kitchen managers will drop the meals outside the group room doors for staff to collect
  • Staff and Children will wash hands before prep or eating and after eating
  • The adults will handle eaten food as little as possible.  Adults will wear gloves when cleaning up dropped food
  • Adults will be responsible for each Groups rubbish
 Workforce - physical distancing
  • Wherever possible, staff will remain with the small group of children, the “bubble” of children who they are allocated to and not come into contact with other groups.
  • Social distancing will be maintained during breaks by all staff.
  • Staff members will avoid physical contact with each other including handshakes, hugs etc.
  • Where possible, meetings and training sessions will be conducted through virtual conferencing
  • Staff wear masks in communal areas, in corridors and during drop off and pick up of the children from and to their parents
Workforce - training
  • All staff members will receive appropriate instructions and training on infection control and the standard operation procedure and risk assessments within which they will be operate before the nursery re-opens. 
Parents and visitors- Communication
  •  Parents will receive clear communication regarding the role they play in safe operating procedure and all measures being taken to ensure the safety of their children and themselves.

Parents and visitors - Visitors

  • Attendance to the setting will be restricted to children and staff as far as practically possible and visitors will not be permitted to the Nursery unless essential (e.g. essential building maintenance).
  • Where essential visits are required these will be made outside of the usual Nursery ours where possible. Home visits will not be able to take place at this time
  • All director involvement where possible will be conducted via virtual conferencing such as zoom.
  • All face to face nursery tours have been cancelled until further notice.
Travel associated with setting operations
  • Wherever possible staff and parents should travel to the Nursery using their own transport.
  • If public transport is necessary, current guidance on the use of public transport must be followed including wearing a face mask
PPE - Both workforce and children
  • We follow the government guidance. Wearing a face covering or face mask in nursery or other education settings is not recommended for staff except in communnal areas such as corridors . Face coverings may be beneficial for short periods indoors where there is a risk of close social contact with people you do not usually meet and where social distancing and other measures cannot be maintained, for example on public transport or in some shops. This does not apply to nurseries or other education settings. Nurseries and other education or childcare settings should therefore not require staff, children and learners to wear face coverings. Changing habits, cleaning and hygiene are effective measures in controlling the spread of the virus.  However, if staff would like to wear a mask or visor this is permitted.
  • Most staff in education settings will not require PPE beyond what they would normally need for their work, even if they are not always able to maintain a distance of 2 metres from others. PPE is only needed in a very small number of cases including Children, young people, and students whose care routinely already involves the use of PPE due to their intimate care needs should continue to receive their care in the same way
  • If a child, young person, or other learner becomes unwell with symptoms of coronavirus while in their setting and needs direct personal care until they can return home. A fluid-resistant surgical face mask should be worn by the supervising adult if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained. If contact with the child or young person is necessary, then disposable gloves, a disposable apron and a fluid-resistant surgical face mask should be worn by the supervising adult. If a risk assessment determines that there is a risk of splashing to the eyes, for example from coughing, spitting, or vomiting, then eye protection should also be worn
Cleaning and cross contamination - Undertake regular cleaning
  • The nursery cleaner and staff will clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces throughout the day.
  • This includes tables, chairs, resources, equipment, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, toilets, taps, and sinks, but not limited to these.
  • Nursery staff and nursery cleaner will wear one pair of disposable gloves for cleaning and dispose of immediately after cleaning.
  • Nursery staff and cleaner will be using a disposable cloth, first clean hard surfaces with warm soapy water, then disinfect these surfaces with the cleaning products you normally use.
  • Nursery staff and cleaner will wash hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds, and after removing gloves, aprons and other protection used while cleaning.
  • A daily tick schedule with staff responsibilities, cleaning times for rooms and common areas will be displayed
  • Staff will not share resources such as pens unless they have been wiped down first
Cleaning - Cleaning of electronics
  • We will regularly clean electronics, such as tablets, touch screens, keyboards, telephones, touch entry systems and remote controls throughout the day.
Disposal of potentally contaminated waste
  • Waste from possible cases and cleaning of areas where possible cases have been, will be double bagged and put in a suitable and secure place, marked for storage until either the individual tests negative; waste can then be put in with the normal waste or the individual tests positive or results are not known; then store it for at least 72 hours and put in with the normal waste.