November 2020- Covid- operating in Tier 4

This page provides additional information following the Scottish Government announcement that East Renfrewshire moves into Tier 4 from Friday 20th November for 3 weeks (until Friday 11th December).

The Director of Education in East Renfrewshire issued this letter to all parents: director letter 20.11.20

Level 4 means that there is “very high or rapidly increasing incidence, and widespread community transmission which may pose a threat to the NHS to cope. It is likely that this level would see the introduction of measures close to a return to full lockdown. Measures would be designed to be in place for a short period, to provide a short, sharp response to quickly suppress the virus.”

The Scottish Government published revised guidance for the childcare sector on 30 October. This guidance was updated to reflect the most up to date public health advice and scientific evidence. The guidance was also updated to align the Strategic Framework levels approach. The Strategic Framework makes clear that keeping childcare and schools open is a top priority across all 5
levels within the Strategic Framework.

What does this mean for Glenwood Family Centre?

We will  continue to follow the public health measures as set out in the current core guidance which place child and staff safety and wellbeing at their heart. These are:

  • enhanced hygiene and cleaning practice
  •  limiting children’s contacts
  •  maximising the use of outdoor spaces
  • physical distancing between adults in the setting including parents at drop-off and pick-up times
  • face coverings worn by adults when not working directly with children, or where physical distancing with other adults cannot be maintained
  • active engagement with Test and Protect

There are additional considerations at level 4. These
include:

Child safety
The current advice is that children on the shielding list should not attend in person.  The Chief Medical Officer is writing to all parents/carers of children in the shielding list. This
letter will outline the necessary steps for parents and carers to take to be best informed about their child’s attendance. We will support any child who is shielding with home learning.

Staff safety and wellbeing
The majority of workplaces can be made safe for staff. To ensure this remains the case, we will ensure that individualised risk assessments for staff members with the highest clinical risk are in place as required.

Testing/Outbreak Management
If required, we will engage with enhanced testing responses to COVID-19 outbreaks, where recommended by Incident Management Teams.  Settings in level 4 areas may be asked to implement additional public health measures that may affect capacity.  This will not be necessary in the vast majority of settings or areas, and it would be an exceptional circumstance that additional measures were deemed necessary.

We hope that you are reassured that it is safe for your child to
attend Glenwood during the Covid outbreak and that we continue to deliver high quality early learning and childcare in a nurturing environment. 

We encourage you to access Parent Club for further support. This is a fantastic resource that has lots of helpful information and advice, including information about the current restrictions and what they mean for ELC.

Summary Doc – Parent Club Covid Guidelines Support

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