Coronavirus (Covid-19) Policy
Last updated 25th January 2022 - While our response to the coronavirus remains very dynamic, our policies may change at short notice. Our objectives are to balance steps needed to limit the transmission of covid-19 and keeping settings open to enable parents to under-taken study or employment. We continue to update our policies with guidance from national and local governments.
It is critically important that if your child (or anyone in the household), has any symptoms of covid-19, that you don’t attend the breakfast, afterschool or holiday play-scheme and book a PCR test and stay at home until you get your result. It’s also important that you also inform us if your child has any symptoms and you’re booking a test, as well as the test results.
The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature);
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual); and
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
Update to Infectious and Communicable Diseases Policy
We have seen an increased transmission of covid-19 within household bubbles. For example, an older sibling test's positive for coronavirus and has to self-isolate for 10 days, however, a younger sibling continues to attend our setting as they do not have to self-isolate. After a few days, the younger siblings then also test positive for coronavirus with a risk this could have been transmitted to other members of the group.
While we understand this is permitted under national government guidelines, those household members who are double vaccinated household members or under 18's don't need to self-isolate, we feel now is the time to increase our vigilance to:
- prevent wider transmission,
- reduce the rate of Omicron variant
- try to prevent anyone from having to self-isolate over the xmas period.
We are updating our policy to state that if there is a positive covid-19 case in the household (adult or child) that your child(ren) do not attend, until the self-isolate period of the positive case and any other positive cases in the household have been completed.
While we understand this may cause some disruption, we feel it's fair and correct to put in measures to reduce the transmission where possible and with the assumption that there is already a member of the household in self-isolation (at home).
We also ask, if your child has a positive LFT test or/and awaiting a PCR test result that your child also does not attend the setting until you have received a negative result. Please email to us the PCR result email so we know when your isolation time is completed. This will help us to manage staff better too.
Can we take the opportunity to thank all the parents who have been really supportive and cautious during this period.
We hope you understand the reasoning behind this policy update. Please let us know if you have any questions,