More details of the policies and procedures that govern our nursery can found in the parents breakfast bar or nursery office.
Following the government guidelines, all our robust safety procedures have been enhanced to help to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus and keep our children, staff, and families safe in our setting. We have put additional measures in place and rigorous infection control measures to provide you with the reassurance that we take our responsibilities very seriously.
- We ask the parents to fully cooperate and support our efforts by keeping social distancing when dropping off and collecting their children. The manager will be assisting morning temperature checks to speed up the procedure and enable parents to leave to work as soon as possible.
- Parents are asked to wear masks or face coverings. Parents who are unable to wear face-covering, please notify the manager.
- Should you wish to have a longer chat with the manager, please arrange a telephone consultation, or video call to reduce close contact.
- Children with a high temperature or Covid-19 symptoms will not be permitted in the nursery until fully recovered (in line with government guidance)
- we will ensure soft furniture is kept to essential only, and it will be steamed/”fogged”/sanitised after each session.
- Trips to forests/open spaces will be suspended whilst the procedure is in place.
- All essential visitors will have their temperature checked on arrival and must wear face-covering
- Interviews will be conducted virtually.
- All parent tours will also be conducted or virtually or after/before nursery opening hours (the temperature checks, social distancing and face-covering will apply).
- Following any visitor or parent settle, the nursery team will thoroughly clean areas that have been visited and anything touched.
- During settling in the process (that has been amended to accommodate current social distancing guidelines), we will ensure children feel safe and secure:
- If the child needs a parent present to settle, we will aim to start the garden’s settling-in process (distancing from other children).
- If the weather is not permitting, we will start settling in the room with PPE requirements for staff and the parent (only one parent allowed) and maintaining a social distance of 2m.
- We will increase the distance between tables, activities, and sleep mats where possible.
Rigorous infection control measures
Our staff, children and their families can be confident that our service has rigorous infection control measures in place, such as:
- robust basic hygiene practices such as regular handwashing (practitioners and children)
- clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products
- waterproof dressing to cover any existing wounds or lesions
- personal protective equipment (PPE) such as aprons and gloves are used as necessary
- clear procedures are in place for cleaning equipment and wider environment
- immediate cleaning of spillages of blood and other bodily fluids
- infection control guidance and management procedures in place which is clearly understood and adhered to by staff
What should we do if a child starts displaying symptoms of Covid-19 in our nursery?
If anyone in our setting develops a new, continuous cough or a high temperature or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia). In that case, we will contact you to pick up your child, and we will advise you to follow the guidelines for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.
This sets out that they must:
- self-isolate for at least 10 days
- arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19)
Safeguarding children is our top priority and everyone’s business. That is why our culture is a safeguarding culture where children can grow happily, be treated with respect and be safe from any abuse in whatever form and our staff promote. At LBA, we will always work with children, parents, external agencies, and the community to ensure children’s welfare and safety and give them the very best start in life. In our setting, we strive to protect children from maltreatment, abuse, preventing harm to children’s health or development and the risk of radicalisation. We promote acceptance and tolerance of other beliefs and cultures to encourage children to develop a positive self-image and develop a sense of independence and autonomy in a way appropriate to their age and stage of development.
Our prime responsibility is the welfare and well-being of all children in our care. As such, we believe we have a duty to the children, parents, and staff to act quickly and responsibly in any instance that may come to our attention. All staff will work as part of a multi-agency team where needed in the child’s best interests.
Our Safeguarding Policy, in line with the Local Children Safeguarding Board, outlines our duties to ensure staff are trained right from induction to understand the child protection and safeguarding policy and procedures, are alert to identify possible signs of abuse (including the symptoms known as softer signs of abuse), understand what is meant by child protection and are aware of the different ways in which children can be harmed, including by other children through bullying or discriminatory behaviour.
To this extend, we will:
- Ensure staff understand how to recognise early indicators of potential radicalisation and terrorism threats and act on them appropriately in line with national and local procedures
- Follow safer recruitment procedure and check staff suitability prior to their work with children
- Ensure that all staff feel confident and supported to work in the best interest of the child, share information and seek the help that the child may need
- Make any child protection referrals in a timely way, sharing relevant information as necessary in line with procedures set out by the Coventry Local Safeguarding Children Board
- Make any referrals relating to extremism to the police (or the Government helpline) in a timely way, sharing relevant information as appropriate
- Ensure that information is shared only with those people who need to know to protect the child and act in their best interest
Ensure that children are never placed at risk while in charge of nursery staff
- Identify changes in staff behaviour and act on these as per the Staff Behaviour Policy
- Take any appropriate action relating to allegations of serious harm or abuse against any person working with children or living or working on the nursery premises
Full Policy can be found in the parents’ pack and available at parents’ breakfast bad and the office.