Dear Parents/carers

 

We hope you have all had a lovely summer and look forward to welcoming you all back.

 

Covid safe procedures

As COVID-19 becomes a virus that we learn to live with, there is now an imperative to reduce the disruption to children’s education - particularly given that the direct clinical risks to children are extremely low, and every adult has been offered a first vaccine and the opportunity for two doses by mid-September.

 

We are continuing with all of the latest guidance by the department of education for early years settings.

 

We will be continuing with no social distancing within preschool with the children. However, we will be monitoring and if an outbreak occurs, we will be assessing how we manage the groups and deep cleaning etc.

 

Our plans are:

· Children’s temperatures will still be checked daily

· Parents are asked not to send children to preschool showing any Covid symptoms

· Children who show symptoms at Preschool will still need to be collected and PCR tested

· Staff will be completing a lateral flow test twice weekly

· Children being encouraged to wash/sanitise their hands regularly throughout the day

· Thorough cleaning of all surfaces and shared areas and toys

· Trolleys outside for collecting bags and lunch boxes

· Ventilation throughout the preschool to ensure the flow of fresh air, this includes carbon monoxide detectors to ensure the ventilation is correct.

we are fully aware that Covid is still around and so will be easing restrictions carefully and monitoring along the way.

Even though masks are not essential at present we do ask that if you need to speak to staff one on one up close that you would kindly wear one.

 

Individuals are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case and any of the following apply:

· They are fully vaccinated.

· They are below the age of 18 years 6 months

· They have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial

· They are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so.

Children who are aged under 5 years old who are identified as close contacts will only be advised to take a PCR test if the positive case is in their own household.

Staff who do not need to self-isolate, and children who usually attend the setting, and have been identified as a close contact, should continue to attend the setting as normal.

 

We do ask you that if you have any of the symptoms of covid that you do take a PCR test to keep everyone safe.

 

Many thanks for your ongoing support

ALL SAINTS PRESCHOOL

Charlotte Scobell and Committee