We have received the following advice from the government for parents and guardians
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Advice for parents/guardians
You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus.
There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their early years, school or further education setting as normal.
These are the additional measures we will be taking
1. Good basic personal hygiene – in particular, make sure that staff and children wash their hands whenever they are obviously dirty and in the following circumstances:
• starting/finishing work
• handling, preparing, serving or eating food, including preparing babies bottles
• giving medication to a child or taking it yourself
• using a computer keyboard
• messy play activities such as dough, sand or water
• touching anything that may be contaminated – including soiled clothing
• contact with blood or bodily fluids
• using the toilet or helping a child use the toilet or potty
• changing nappies – even if gloves are worn
• during an outbreak of diarrhoea and/or vomiting in the setting
• blowing/wiping runny noses
• any cleaning procedure
• handling pets, pet cages or related items
• outdoor play activities
• after removing single-use or other protective gloves
2. Cover existing wounds or skin lesions - activities such as preparing and serving food, play dough, clay, gloop, sand or water play should be avoided by staff and children if they have open wounds on their hands. Lesions caused by skin conditions such as eczema may be particularly aggravated by such activities.
3. Use appropriate single-use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – this includes aprons and gloves for nappy changing, cleaning up vomit or blood or any activity that involves the risk of contamination. PPE, when used appropriately, protects staff from germs and splashing, but also protects children from contamination from staff clothing. PPE is often single-use and boxes of single-use gloves or aprons are usually marked.
4. Have a clear procedure for cleaning toys, equipment and the environment - A regular cleaning schedule is essential in any early years environment to prevent the spread of infection. Germs cannot thrive on clean, dry surfaces. The cleaning schedule should cover the equipment and resources in each area, how often it is cleaned and by which method. Staff must always be prepared to clean up as they go along, using disposable paper towels for spillages of blood and/or bodily fluids, wearing gloves and plastic aprons.
The frequency of these cleans should be increased during infection outbreaks. In some cases it may be necessary to close a setting while a deep clean takes place which involves cleaning carpets, curtains and all surfaces including walls.
5. Understand and follow guidance for managing illness and infections – despite the best efforts of staff to prevent the spread of infection, it is inevitable that some children and staff will become poorly because many infections are contagious before any obvious symptoms appear. Early years settings are not equipped to manage ‘sick’ children. As a general principle, children with an infection should be kept at home while they have symptoms or are feeling unwell. The same rules apply to staff too.