Re-opening after lockdown, February 2021

 We continue to have a number of procedures we have in place to reduce the risk to all users. We know that some families might be a bit nervous about coronavirus, so we wanted to share some of the information we have about how ELC settings are low risk environments, and some of the measures we’re taking to keep this risk low. Current evidence continues to show that children are less likely to contract and transmit coronavirus. This includes the new variant of the virus that you might have heard about.

In Our Setting

Here are some of the things we’ve already been doing to reduce the risk of transmission in Glenwood.

  • Keeping the children in small consistent groups- we now have three bubbles which further reduces the risk to all users
  • Spending lots of time outdoors in the fresh air- each of our new playrooms opens directly to an outdoor area which we have separated to keep the bubbles apart. The outdoor areas have covered sections meaning no matter how bad the weather the children can be outdoors. Playroom two leads directly to an outdoor classroom.
  • Regular hand washing- upon arrival, regularly throughout the day and before going home the children wash their hands/ use hand gel
  •  Staff must wear masks when they are not working directly with the children, although they may choose to wear masks then too if they wish
  • Staff adhere to 2m distancing and there are restrictions in capacity in communal areas such as the staff room
  • All users must immediately self-isolate and get tested if they become symptomatic (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste). It is a legal requirement to self-isolate if you test positive or are told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace. You could be fined if you do not self-isolate.
  • Enhanced cleaning procedures are in place including cleaning resources between sessions, electrostatic cleaning and regular touch point cleaning

In addition, regular testing will shortly be available for all staff.

Changes for Parents

We know that ELC settings are low risk environments for children. However, because we know this new variant is more infectious for everyone, it is more important than ever that we all do what we can to keep everyone in our setting as safe as possible. We know that the main risk is from adult to adult transmission, or an increase in community transmission. We are therefore trying to really reduce any opportunities for adults to come into contact with each other, whether it is staff/parent or parent/parent.

Our measures include:

  • Encouraging children to carry their own belongings when possible so that staff do not have to pass them to you
  • Using both doors at the main entrance- children in the meadow and orchard groups will use the entrance nearest the reception office (to the left). Children in the meadow group will use the entrance nearest the janitor office (to the right). Please note, if no member of staff is around, you should use the intercom at the left hand side to alert a member of staff you are there then move to the correct doorway to wait
  • Markings at the main doors to make sure parents and carers stand 2m apart at pick up
  • If your child has a blended placement (attends another nursery of childminder as well as Glenwood) you will be asked to consent to the sharing information such as risk assessments and for Test and Protect

We urge you to follow these measures to further reduce risk:

  • Keep wearing face coverings at pick up and drop off time
  •  Keep 2m apart from other adults (staff and parents/carers) at pick up and drop off time, and try not to stand in groups
  • Be vigilant of the symptoms and ensuring the whole household self-isolates if someone becomes symptomatic
  • Stick to the guidance outside of nursery – so if you are having play dates, then keep them outdoors for now. For information on how the guidance applies to children and families, look at www.parentclub.scot.

 
At Home

It might seem strange that children can play together at their ELC setting all day, but can’t have indoor play dates at home. But it’s really important to remember that keeping the restrictions at home and across society is what is enabling us to reopen ELC at the moment. In addition, there are lots of precautions taken at our setting that families can’t always replicate. One of the main precautions is spending time outdoors in the fresh air. So if you want to meet up with another family, then please do so outdoors. It’s more important than ever that we keep following the rules at home, as that’s the best way to keep our ELC settings open.

We will continue to support remote learning on Google Classroom and on the blog for any individuals or cohorts of children who may have to self-isolate. 

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