COVID-19 Important information for parents and carers – update September 2021

COVID-19 Important information for parents and carers – update September 2021

Covid hasn't gone away and we are constantly evaluating our processes and reviewing in line with Government updates. All parent communication/updates shared via email and our parents Facebook page as well as on our notice board outside nursery.
As an Early Years Setting, we follow the Department for Education Government Guidance: Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

We ask you to read and agree to the following guidelines and conditions of attendance at Broadstone Christian Nursery in order to keep our children, families and staff safe and stop the spread of Covid-19.
This is the set of actions early years settings must take. They are grouped into prevention and response to any infection.


1) Minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID19) symptoms or who have someone in their household who does or have been advised by NHS test and trace to self-isolate, do not attend settings
2) Where recommended, the use of face coverings
3) Clean hands thoroughly and more often than usual
4) Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
5) Maintain enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often using standard products, such as detergents
6) Minimise contact between groups of children where possible
7) Where necessary, wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
8) Keep occupied spaces well ventilated
Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5 and 8 must be in place in all settings all the time.
Numbers 2 and 6 must be properly considered, and settings must put in place measures that suit their particular circumstances.
Number 7 applies in all specific circumstances.

Response to any infection

9) Engage with the NHS Test and Trace process
10) Manage and report to Ofsted and the PHE advice line confirmed cases, of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the setting community
11) Contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice

What is a symptom of Covid-19?

Prime symptoms are:- High temperature - New, continuous cough - loss of taste/smell but there are now many more so please check with us before sending your child to nursery if unwell

  • If your child has symptoms they must stay at home and not go to nursery
  • If someone in your household has symptoms, your child must stay at home and not go to nursery
  • If your child or any member of your household has symptoms, they must get tested immediately

How to get a test

  • Call 119 or visit
  • You will be able to access a test at a local testing site or ask for one to be delivered to your home.

Test results and Isolation times

see Government link

  • If your child has symptoms or a positive result, they must stay at home for 10 days and the rest of your household must self-isolate for 10 days
  • If your child has symptoms and receives a negative result, and no-one in the house is showing symptoms or is awaiting test results they can return to the nursery. Please speak to a member of the management team to agree on a return date and follow the Government guidelines link above
  • If your child has a negative result but someone in the house has symptoms or is tested positive, your child must self-isolate for 10 days

What does self-isolate mean?

  • If your child or any member of your household or support bubble is asked to self-isolate this means staying at home and not leaving until the isolation period ends.
  • Have food and medication delivered to you – order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home.
  • Do not go to work, nursery or public places.
  • Do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for people providing essential care.
  • Do not go on public transport or use taxis.
  • Do not go out to exercise – exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one.

If we receive a positive case in the Nursery

We have to maintain a sustainable business and keep everyone safe, in order to do so, we have made the decisions we believe will benefit us all. If we receive a positive case in the Nursery, advice will be sought and actions taken. If nursery has to close and follow the Government guidelines then fees will not be charged.
Each circumstance will differ slightly due to the circumstances of when the person who tested positive last attended the Nursery and when their symptoms started.
If your child has to self-isolate due to external factors of being in close contact with someone, our sickness policy will be implemented and fees are still payable for the sessions missed.

What we need you to do:

Socially distance when collecting children.

  • Maintain a 2-metre distance from staff where possible when collecting or dropping off children.
  • To enter through main gate and leave via the small gate following the one way system
  • Wear a face covering when entering the nursery external premises  (driveway/garden) if not exempt.
  • One adult only collecting children.
  • No toys allowed into the setting from home.
  • Parents to send children in with a change of footwear for indoors e.g. slippers or indoor shoes
  • Do not bring unwell children into the setting.
  • You must be contactable and someone must be able to collect your child as soon as possible if they need to be collected.
  • Children with a temperature of 37.8 or above will be sent home

What we are doing?

  • Staff undertake twice weekly lateral flow tests and have all been double vaccinated
  • Staff are also not permitted into the setting if they are unwell or have a temperature above 37.8.
  • Staff wear face coverings when collecting or handing children over at the gate
  • Staff will maintain a distance where possible from parents and carers when talking
  • Staff will only wear face masks in nursery when in close contact with children e.g changing a nappy or dealing with a sick child
  • Staff are continuing to clean and disinfect toys, surfaces throughout the day and fogging the room at night
  • Garden equipment is disinfected down after each session.
  • Children’s bags will be externally sprayed with disinfectant and put in our outdoor bag cupboard
  •  Lunchboxes and drink bottles will be wiped over before entering nursery / fridge
  • Children’s hands will be sanitised before entering nursery
  • Children to wear slippers or indoor shoes in nursery
  • Any child who has a sleep has their own personal bedding which is washed weekly or more frequently if necessary
  • Staff will maintain a distance where possible from parents and carers when talking
  • Meetings between staff and parents can now be held 1:1 outdoors but wearing masks
  • All visitors must wear a mask and sanitise hands when on premises
  • Most importantly the team are keeping the day as normal as possible for the children in their care and we having fun whilst learning


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