Little Angels is still open!
During the current fight against the coronavirus, we remain open on some sites! As government advice changes and we begin to welcome back more children to nursery, our policies, procedures and routines are constantly adapting to keep up with the ever changing government guidelines. Below, we've outlined some of the key adjustments we've made in nursery, to help combat the virus, as our children start to return. Please feel free to contact our managers to discuss any further questions you might have, including enquiries and return requests.
Updated 30th June 2020
We have developed the following procedures to follow new government guidelines, and to promote the best practice during these difficult times. As we welcome more children into our settings, we are adapting our routines, policies and procedures to care for these children in a way that is safe to them, their families and our staff. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Visitors to the building
All visitors coming into the nursery building are asked to hand wash and sanitise. Any contractors, where possible, will attend the setting after the majority of children have left to minimise contact.
Parents/carers and other visitors are limited to essential contact only. This will be approved by the managers and communicated using Famly. All visitors will be required to wash their hands on entry to any zone, regardless of their roles or visit purpose. If this has not been possible, then staff will sanitise any surfaces that have had contact.
Times of leaving and entering the nursery will be staggered, and as children enter the nursery, they are supported to wash their hands before play. EYFS aged children are supported by staff to ensure handwashing is completed safely.
Cleaning hands more often than usual
Hands will be washed thoroughly with supervision from a member of staff, upon arrival, before and after eating, and after sneezing or coughing. This will be done with soap and hand-hot water for at least 20 seconds accompanied by the use of alcohol hand rub or sanitiser. Sanitisers are available around the nursery.
65% and 70% alcohol hand sanitising gel is available to support younger children, particularly those under the age of 2, and large numbers of children arriving at the same time.
Hand pumps are available on all entrances and exits for staff and children to use where hand washing facilities are not immediately available.
Doors used internally for access will be propped open, if not fire doors or safe to do and does not compromise the safety of children.
All nursery rooms are cleaned at the end of every day, with bactericide spray, to disinfect, and tables are wiped down before and after lunch with the appropriate cleaner. High risk frequent touch points are deep cleaned two or three times daily, as and when it’s needed, alongside usual cleaning arrangements. PPE will be worn when cleaning areas that have had a confirmed Covid-19 infection.
All soft furnishings and soft toys have been removed as far as possible, leaving easy to wipe, cleanable surfaces and items.
All touch points within the children’s bathrooms will be cleaned after each use, and nursery toilet doors will be kept closed to avoid children gaining access before a member of staff can support and supervise, to ensure hygiene measures are being met.
At both CVPS and Fenham, parents will be met by a team member at the door - parents are not given access to the building. Where possible, a 2 metre distance will be kept between the staff member and the parent, however when this is not possible, the staff member will collect the child from the parent, with minimal contact.
All sand, water play, playdough and any malleable play has been removed, and all self-service of meals has been removed.
Cramlington Village Primary School
A video of how to gain entry and use the one way system at Cramlington Village Primary School is available to parents on the Famly app, in order to minimise the number of people trying to exit and enter in the same gate. A member of the management team at CVPS will be located outside the entrance to the Fun Club and Nursery, to support parents to social distance and follow the one way system.
A one way system has also been implemented within the Fun Club, to ensure the cross over of staff and children is reduced, and to allow for 2 metre social distancing.
Children attending Fun Club and Cramlington Village Primary School on the same day are entering two zones, so children will not take items into the school or bring them into Fun Club. CVPS will not accept any personal items, as stated in their parent COVID-19 bulletin “please do not give your children bags or belongings to bring between home and school as we are minimising transmission”.
A child or staff member displaying signs of Covid-19
If a child develops symptoms of Covid-19 on site, they are removed and isolated with a staff member wearing full PPE, and a parent/carer is notified for the child to be collected.
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature (37.8℃ or above)
- a loss of, or a change in, your normal taste or sense of smell (anosmia)
Other symptoms include:
- shortness of breath
The zone that the child was in will be deep cleaned with disinfectant.
All staff and children who are attending a childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus, and are required to get tested. This must take place as soon as possible, and within the first five days of showing symptoms.
A manager must be informed as soon as the result of the test comes back.
If positive, pupils and staff members in that support bubble must continue to self isolate for 14 days. Other household members of that wider class/group do not need to self-isolate unless the child or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.
If other cases are detected within the child’s cohort or in the wider education or childcare setting, Public Health England’s local health protection teams, will conduct a rapid investigation and will advise the se
Where the child tests negative, they can return to their setting and the fellow household members can end their self isolation.
Cleaning and disinfection
Public areas where a symptomatic individual has passed through and spent minimal time, such as corridors, but which are not visibly contaminated with body fluids can be cleaned thoroughly as normal.
All surfaces that the symptomatic person with symptoms of coronavirus has come into contact with will be cleaned and disinfected, including:
objects which are visibly contaminated with bodily fluids
all potentially contaminated high-contact areas such as bathrooms, door handles, telephones and grab-rails in corridors and stairwells
Disposable cloths or paper roll, and disposable mop heads will be used to clean all hard surfaces, floors, chairs, door handles and sanitary fittings, following one of the options below:
Either a combined detergent disinfectant solution or lift cleaning sanitiser or dettol anti-bacterial wipe
If an alternative disinfectant is used within the organisation, this will be checked and ensured that it is effective against enveloped viruses.
Splashes and spray will be avoided when cleaning.
Any cloths and mop heads used will be disposed of and will be put into waste bags as outlined below:
When items cannot be cleaned using detergents or laundered, for example, upholstered furniture cleaner, steam cleaning or carpet cleaner will be used.
Any items that are heavily contaminated with body fluids and cannot be cleaned by washing will be disposed of in clinical waste bins.
If possible an area will be kept closed off and secure for 72 hours. After this time, the amount of virus contamination will have decreased substantially and the area will be cleaned as normal with your usual products.
Items will be washed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. The warmest water setting, at least over 60 degrees will be used, and items dried completely. Dirty laundry that has been in contact with an unwell person can be washed with other items.
Dirty laundry will not be shaken, as this will minimise the possibility of dispersing the virus through air.
Anything used for transporting laundry will be cleaned and disinfected in line with the cleaning guidance above.
Waste from possible cases of coronavirus and cleaning of areas where possible cases have been (including disposable cloths and tissues):
Will be put in a plastic nappy/rubbish bag and tied when full.
This will be double-bagged.
The plastic bag will then be placed in the clinical waste.
Hygiene with keyboards, laptops and devices
Use of hand held devices such as electronic tablets and iPads, iPhones and iPod touches will be minimised and will be wiped down with appropriate anti bacterial wipes at the end of every use.