Poppies Covid Attendance Policy UPDATED 13/09/2021
Following the update 09/09/21, we have sought further discussions with Central Bedfordshire Council and the Public Health Senior Practitioner for Children and Young People to determine how we can further support children who are attending both school and out of school provision. As we work in such close partnership with our lower schools, with many siblings attending both environments, this has been factored into the decision-making, therefore the following amendments have needed to be made to ensure site cohesion and unity.
Safeguarding your children, family and our staff remains our first priority. We want to continue to support you by staying open and maintaining the highest quality care and education for your children, therefore we have measures in place to keep everyone as safe as we can and reduce the risks. Support and appreciation of these measures are key to their success.
Face coverings are now optional at the gate, however all visitors into our setting will be asked to wear a face covering and hygienically clean their hands. They must also produce a negative lateral flow test prior to admission into our grounds.
Staff are vigilant and thorough in their cleaning whilst planning activities predominantly outdoors, ensuring children continue to engage in a stimulating and healthy environment.
Lateral flow testing for staff is in operation. *Lateral flow tests are for non-symptomatic testing and PCR testing needs to be carried out at a test centre when a person displays symptoms.*
Our policy at this time:
We thank you for your support, consideration and understanding which we are relying on to enable us to keep everyone as safe as possible and to remain open.
Signed Joanne Rowland, Karen Finneran, Nikki Watson, Brad Croft and Nicky Sparkhall
Date 13th September 2021
IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATED
Following notification from Central Bedfordshire Council, concerns have been raised regarding the increase in cases of Covid-19. Our nursery group will be adhering to their advice.
This will take the following format:-
**Please consider the best place for your child to be, to reduce the spread of Covid-19. If they are living in a household where a member of the family is positive but where they are not able to follow the government self-isolation guidance within the home, please carefully consider if they will be potentially carrying the virus. Due to the age of children attending, their play is very social which increases the risk of transmission to peers which may then be taken into other family homes. Also, the close contact necessary between children and staff increases the risk of infection which then may result in our closure due to staff absence. We are trying to avoid this at all costs as closure will affect many families.**
We will continue to support all guidance and remain committed to keeping our environment as safe as we possibly can. Our procedures remain subject to change, depending on the latest recommendations. We are very appreciative of your understanding and support during these uncertain and volatile times. Please let me know if you have any worries or concerns and I will be pleased to support you.
Covid-19 Procedures Updated 14/11/21
In light of the recent rise in figures in our local schools, with immediate effect, we are updating our own Covid-19 procedures. If a child is living in a household where a member has tested positive, we advise that the child does not attend our setting for ten days. We would then request they do a Lateral Flow Test on the day they are due to return to us to ensure they do not have Covid-19 as an infected person can show no symptoms. Please confirm your child’s negative result on the morning of their return via email to our Accounts Team. We are aware some local schools have adopted this policy to keep transmission rates low.
Research shows that when a person tests positive for Covid-19, any subsequent Lateral Flow Tests may show a positive result for 90 days. Therefore, if your child tests positive for Covid-19, they must self-isolate for the ten day period, but will not need to show a negative lateral flow on their return. (If a person develops new symptoms within this 90 day period, they are required by NHS to undertake a new PCR test.)
We have always strived to do our very best to keep children, families and staff as safe as we can. These additional measures will support this. We appreciate how hard times are but be assured we are doing all we can to keep our setting open. Should staff become affected, or cases rise we may have no option other than to close and this is why we are adding these additional measures to prevent this.
As always, your support and understanding is very much appreciated.
Joanne and The Team