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COVID-19 Measures for Summer Holiday Clubs 2020
We have received notification that based on current guidelines we are able to welcome our Confi-kids of ALL AGES back into our Worcester club and meet new Confi-kids at our new venue The Elms School, Colwall for the Summer. We are SO thrilled about this and can’t wait to see lots of you again.
The health and safety of your children and our staff is paramount, therefore we have new operating procedures in place and this Summer things may be a little different. While there is a LOAD of information below – our aim is to make this as NORMAL for our children as possible – we don’t want it to be intimidating and want to help them get used to this as quickly as we can – so it can become the norm if needed!
Our advice is based on these two key government guidance documents for Early Years and Childcare settings published on 12th May and most recently updated on June 2nd:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective- measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings/coronavirus-covid-19-implement-protective- measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-educational-and-childcare- settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020/actions-for-education-and- childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020
Below we have highlighted some of the changes we are making to keep us all safe.
We will also add a declaration to the Registration pack for parents and to the Staff induction pack to declare that you, or your child has not been in close contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and if they have, they have self-isolated for 14 days.
ORGANISING THE DAY
On arrival and pick up:
- A daily checklist has been provided for Managers to ensure all areas have been cleaned and wiped before opening
- Staff will complete a health declaration and temperature check
- Children will have a temperature check on arrival
- Staff and children will wash hands thoroughly on entering the club
- PPE, hand sanitiser and tissues to be made available
- We will have signs directing queuing families to maintain social distances
- Grownups will not enter the building
- Staff will sign children in and out
- Thorough clean at the end of the day including toys and equipment.
During the day:
- Children will be organised into their colour-coded bubbles for the day and introduced to their staff and zones. There will be no more than 15 children in a ‘bubble’
- We will talk with the children and give them reminders about the measures we are taking throughout the day
- Hand washing will take point at regular points in the day
- We will have set rotas to ensure regular cleaning of high frequency areas, furnitureand equipment.
- Lunchtimes will be staggered
Government guidance on Health and Safety measures required in Early Years Settings:
‘We know that, unlike older children and adults, early years and primary age children cannot be expected to remain 2 metres apart from each other and staff. In deciding to bring more children back to early years and schools, we are taking this into account. Schools should therefore work through the hierarchy of measures set out:
- Avoiding contact with anyone with symptoms
- Frequent hand cleaning and good respiratory hygiene practices
- Regular cleaning of settings
- Minimising contact and mixing
How we are responding to this:
- Families must maintain a 2m distance from others whilst waiting for club to open
- Only one grown up to drop off and collect the child where possible.
- Drop off and collection points for each colouredbubble group will be clearly signposted and further information of this for your venue will be sent to you prior to club starting.
- Grown ups cannot enter the building and staff will sign children in and out on the registers.
- Children will be organised into groups of a maximum of between 8 & 15 children per day with 2 members of staff dedicated only to that group.
- Each group will be allocated their zones so they can remain separated from other groups during the day.
- For inside activities the rooms will be well ventilated and children will be seated 2m apart from each other.
- We will make full use of our amazing outdoor spaces to create distance from other groups as far as possible and will aim to organise gazebos to enable outside activities as much as possible.
- We will restrict any shared equipment.
Government guidance on Health and Safety measures required in Early Years Settings:
‘Childcare practitioners do not need PPE. They should care for children as normal, although increasing the frequency of hand washing.’
‘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 (COVID-19) while in their setting and needs direct personal care until they can return home. A 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 gloves, an apron and a 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, or spitting, then eye protection should also be worn’The advice for the public is to wear face coverings – ‘in enclosed public spaces where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. This is most relevant for short periods indoors in crowded areas, for example, on public transport or in some shops.’
How we are responding:
- Children will not be required to wear face coverings and it is not recommended for early years children.
- Staff will be provided with PPE including face masks, gloves and aprons for when it is necessary to wear it.
- Children will be taken to wash their hands frequently throughout the day and immediately upon arrival at the club.
- Hand sanitiser and tissues will be available in every room and at the club entrance.
- Limiting the number of children who use the toilet facilities at one time. Toilets will bewiped down after each group has used them.
- We will use child-friendly activities and songs to remind children about personalhygiene and help them feel confident and secure in their actions.
- Frequently used surfaces wiped down between every activity.
- Toilet areas cleaned frequently throughout the day and touch points wiped after eachuse.
- Equipment cleaned after use. Equipment will be cleaned before use by another group.
- Thorough clean every day with deep clean on Friday
- Soft furnishings, soft toys, toys that are difficult to clean and other unnecessaryitems will be removed from spaces.
- If a child develops any symptoms of Covid-19 during the day, then they need to be isolated and their grownups informed so that they can come and collect them as quickly as possible.
- Confi-kids managers will identify a space where the child can be isolated safely and supervised.
- The member of staff supervising the child will need to wear PPE and the area needs to be deep cleaned once the child has been collected.
- The child or staff member with symptoms will be encouraged to be tested under the following guidance :
“When a child, young person or staff member develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus (COVID-19), they should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 7 days and arrange to have a test to see if they have COVID-19. They can do this by visiting NHS.UK to arrange or contact NHS 119 via telephone if they do not have internet access. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days. All staff and students who are attending an education or childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario.”“Where the child, young person or staff member tests negative, they can return to their setting and the fellow household members can end their self-isolation.”“Where the child, young person or staff member tests positive, the rest of their class or group within their childcare or education setting should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that wider class or group do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.”
We have developed training modules on Covid-19 so all staff working at your club will have undergone this training before the Summer.
There are some practical steps you can take to stop viruses:
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze (catch it, bin it, kill it!)
- put used tissues in the bin immediately
- wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and waterare not available
- try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- Keep 2m distance as per the social distancing guidelines
• Touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
We will continue to monitor the situation closely.
Safeguarding the health and wellbeing of all children and staff at our Holiday Clubs is our top priority.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have ANY questions or concerns at all – I am very happy to answer as much as I can!
What’s new at CONFI-KIDS??
We are SO excited to have you back in the Summer and can not wait to see your smiley faces! We just wanted to tell you about some of the changes we have made this summer…
- We will all have our temperature taken before entering Confi-kids (this will be super quick we promise!)
- We will all wash our hands as soon as we come in!
- You will get to be in a small group which we’re calling ‘BUBBLES’ and your bubble will have a special colour!
• Your bubble will have special areas to work in – these will all be marked in your colour!
• We will try to stay away from the other groups, and do our activities separately! We will try to keep your with your friends though!!
We CAN’T wait to have fun with you all in the Holidays!
Please ask your grown-up to message Claire if you have any questions – I can even send you a little video message or Facetime if you have anything you want to ask me!