Kaleidoscope Childcare
COVID-19 Policy
We will follow Government guidelines at all times. As the Covid-19 situation is frequently changing along with guidelines, this policy will be up-dated accordingly.
Symptoms of Covid-19 can be a fever, or a new continuous cough or a loss of, or change in, the normal sense of taste or smell. Anyone who begins to display these symptoms should not come to Kaleidoscope. They should follow Government guidelines on what to do if you or someone in your household develops symptoms (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance).
On arrival at pre-school, staff are to spray their shoes with antibacterial spray and wash their hands. We have two separate rooms each with their own staff. Whilst in the room, staff should social distance themselves from other staff. Although staff inevitably have to move around the rest of the building at times, they should always social distance themselves from other staff and children who are not in their group. It is acknowledged that children will not stay away from staff and it is important for children's well-being that staff continue to be warm and approachable. However, staff must be careful not to be unnecessarily close to children and should not have a child sitting on their lap or carry a child. If a child is upset, staff can hold the child's hand and then wash their hands afterwards.
Staff phones must be placed on the filing cabinet in the office separated from other phones. Staff must write the start time in the room and the finishing time at the end of their day on the register so that proximity to particular children and staff can be traced.
Staff can use the adult toilet. If they are coming through from the two year old room, they must not linger in the main room. As they leave the toilet area, they should wipe/spray the toilet handle, tap and door handle with an antibacterial wipe/spray. There are anti-bacterial wipes by the handsets for the gate and these can be used at any time for the handsets, phones and keyboards.
When parents or visitors are in the building and staff are working directly with them, staff must wear a mask. In order to do this safely, staff must wash hands before and after touching the mask (including to remove or put them on). Masks will be stored in the staff room in individual sealed bags and disposed of in the bag.
On arrival at Kaleidoscope Childcare, children will take off their shoes and wash their hands. They can wear indoor shoes which will be kept in their tray and left here for the term. Children will stay within their group and not mix with the other group.
In order to reduce the risk of infection and protect children, their families and staff, children need to be fit and well to attend Kaleidoscope. We will not accept any child who is unwell. If a child becomes ill during the day, he/she will need to be collected as soon as possible. When a child is waiting to be collected, they will be separated from their group and isolated with one member of staff. Staff will wear a facemask and if contact is necessary, gloves and an apron will be worn too. A window will be opened for ventilation. If the child needs to use the toilet while waiting to be collected, they should use a separate toilet area if possible. Once the child leaves the setting, we will follow the 'Cleaning of non-healthcare settings' guidance to insure that areas that the child has been in are disinfected and the any PPE or other waste is disposed of safely. If a member of staff has helped someone with symptoms themselves, they do not need to go home unless they develop symptoms themselves.
Parents and Visitors
Although we have always had an open-door policy, we can no longer do this for now. We ask that only one parent delivers their child to pre-school. On arrival, parents will wait in our playground, keeping their child with them and maintaining social distancing from others. Children will be called in one at a time. Parents should say goodbye at the door. If the child needs more support, parents can come into the entrance area to assist them but no further. If parents are having a meeting here, they will be required to wear a face covering and spray shoes with antibacterial spray. At the end of the session, parents will be required to wait outside. This can be in our playground if the children are indoors or outside our gate if the children are outdoors. We will get your child ready and will ensure that they go over to you when they leave us.
Visitors to Kaleidoscope will be limited. There will be no unnecessary access to children or staff. Visitors will be required to wear a face covering and spray shoes with antibacterial spray. All visitors will be required to complete the Visitor book with contact details and time present in the setting.
Visitors can use the adult toilet. If they are coming through from the two year old room, they must not linger in the main room. As they leave the toilet area, they should wipe/spray the toilet handle, tap and door handle with an antibacterial wipe/spray.
Case of suspected Covid-19
When a young child or staff member develops symptoms compatible with Coronavirus, they are advised to self-isolate for 10 days. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days. Isolation can end with a negative test result. Therefore, all early year's staff, children and members of their households are able to access a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus and they are encouraged to get tested if they think that they may have the virus. For adults, you can visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-for-coronavirus where you can find guidance on testing and arrange to have a test. For children under 5, you can call 111 to book a test.
Where a child or staff tests negative, they can return to Kaleidoscope Childcare and their household members can end their self-isolation. If a child or staff member test positive, the DfE will be informed along with Ofsted and appropriate steps taken from their advice and that of the Local Public Health England Health Protection Team. As part of the national test and trace programme, if other cases are detected within our setting, Public Health England's local health protection teams will conduct a rapid investigation and will advise us on the most appropriate action to take. In some cases, a larger group may be asked to self-isolate at home as a precautionary measure. Where settings are observing guidance on infection prevention and control, which will reduce risk of transmission, closure of the whole setting will not generally be necessary. We will take appropriate steps to deputise responsibilities or arrange cover if affected staff members fulfil designated roles e.g. SENCO or Safeguarding Lead.