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Coronavirus – Information for Parents & Carers

Following a continued suppression of the coronavirus figures, schools and child care settings across England managed to reopen as the UK Government begins to lift lockdown measures further.

Whilst my most Early Years setting has remained open throughout the latest stay at home restrictions, the reopening of schools and other facilities will again increase the risk of community transmission as more families come into contact.

It is vital that we remain vigilant and work together to reduce the risk of infection.

In addition to following national and local measures, we are continuing to follow UK Government guidance for Early Years settings in order to keep all children and families safe.

The detailed guidance sets out the measures we must put in place at this time and can be found on the Government website here:

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures

Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/safe-working-in-education-childcare-and-childrens-social-care

We have attached a copy of my updated Coronavirus Policy and Risk Assessment which outlines the safety measures and procedures within my setting.
Please read it carefully and support us in our efforts to help minimise risk and protect our children and families.

We would be extremely grateful if you can continue to support us in following procedures and would like to draw particular attention to the following safety measures:

• All adults should wear a face covering when dropping off or collecting their child. (Unless they are exempt from wearing a covering.)

• Drop off and Collection times must be adhered to in order to minimise contact between households. If you are going to be late or anticipate an earlier collection time, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can ensure your arrival at the setting does not conflict with another family’s allocated time.

• With the exception of essential items required for comfort, personal care, medical or dietary requirements, no personal belongings or toys should be brought to the setting from home. Comforters/snuggle toys will be kept in a named, sealed plastic bag to be used only at nap times. Children’s school bags will be stored in an allocated box until collection time.

School / Nursery Children and Blended / Wrap Around Care
As children returned to school / Nursery or other wrap-around care, it is important that additional measures are followed in order to minimise risk. For example:

• The number of settings a child attends should be limited where possible (ideally only my setting and EXAMPLE Primary School or Nursery) and all safety measures that are put in place should be followed
• Ensuring good hygiene practices including washing hands on arrival, on departure and regularly throughout the day
• Minimising resource sharing and belongings that are moved between settings
• Ensuring all adults maintain physical distancing on drop off and collection
• Sharing of record keeping across settings, to assist with any Test & Protect process. This must be managed in a way which is consistent with the requirements of GDPR and setting privacy policies

Parents must inform us of any school, nursery, childcare facility, or other organised activities such as sports clubs, that their child is attending so that we can work with that setting/organisation in order to manage risk and, in the event of a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus, we can pass on required information to the NHS Test and Trace / Test and Protect service.

Symptoms, Illness or Suspected Infection

The symptoms of coronavirus include a new, continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, the normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).

All families must follow the COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection guidance should a child, parent or any other member of their household display symptoms or discover that they have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus. Please do not attend WeMind Learning Centre and contact the test and trace service to request a test as soon as possible.

NHS Test & Trace: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test Telephone: 119

Your child will not be able to attend WeMind Learning Centre for the duration of the recommended isolation period or until a negative test result is received. As per our fees policy, full fees will still apply during this absence.

If a child within WeMind Learning Centre is displaying symptoms of coronavirus, we will follow this guidance:
What to do if a child is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) we will send the child home, advise the family to follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, and contact the Public Health England advice service for further guidance in the event of a positive case.

If anyone at WeMind Learning Centre or within our households display symptoms or come into contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus, government advice will be followed. We will notify families immediately and close the Learning Centre for the duration of the isolation period. As per my fees policy, no fees will be charged during this time as we are unable to provide care.
In the event of closure, we will try our best to assist parents and carers in finding alternative temporary childcare arrangements.

Coronavirus Guidance and Information

You can find current Coronavirus guidance and further information on what you can and cannot do on the Government website here:
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Failure to follow government advice, local restrictions, official health guidelines, or refusing to support me with implementing the protective measures outlined in our Coronavirus Policy will be taken very seriously and may result in the immediate termination of our childcare contract.

WeMind will continue to keep up to date with the latest government and health advice and where necessary update procedures and notify families of any changes.

If you have any questions regarding coronavirus management procedures within my setting, please do not hesitate to discuss them with us.