Measures we are taking to keep your children and our staff safe

When you arrive at Little Fingers please do not congregate outside. Please stay in your car / stand on the opposite side of the road, until a member of staff calls you over.  We will allow one parent/guardian/carer and their child/children, one at a time.

 

Adults will need to stand at the bottom of the steps where you will hand over/receive your child to the member of staff on duty.  Children will then be taken into the pre-school by the staff member.  Parents/guardians/carers are encouraged to wear a face covering.  The member of staff on duty will continue to wear a face shield and/or a face covering for the time being.

 

Any relevant information you feel we should know or you would like to share with us, please email us or call us on 01264 737735 to discuss.

 

If your child requires medication, please hand this to the member of staff at the entrance with a hand written and signed note detailing the dosage and times to be administered.

 

Frequent and thorough hand cleaning is regular practice for the children and staff.  This is done with soap and water or hand sanitiser.

 

Please be assured that the pre-school is being cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis, consistent with the guidance we have been given.

 

The main room is kept well ventilated and children access our garden area as much as possible.  

 

Toys and other equipment are being thoroughly cleaned each day and soft furnishings removed where possible.

 

The Government advice is for Early Years children and staff to not use face coverings and the emphasis is on good hygiene practices.

 

Please note if your child is unwell, you MUST keep them away from the setting until they have recovered.  If your child has a slight temperature, please do not give them Calpol/Nurofen and send them to pre-school, as it will mask an underlying illness.  Should they, or anyone else in the household show symptoms of COVID-19 they must book a test.  

 

Should the test be negative, they can return to pre-school once they feel well.  If your child tests positive, please inform the pre-school immediately.  Individuals may now take LFD tests on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart. This also applies to children under 5, with LFD testing at parental or guardian discretion. If both these test results are negative, and you/your child does not have a high temperature, the child/you may end your self-isolation after the second negative test result and the child may return to the setting from day 7.

 

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.

People who are fully vaccinated, or children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months, identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, should take an LFD test every day for 7 days and continue to attend their setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result or develop symptoms at any time.  Children under 5 are not being advised to take part in daily testing of close contacts. If a child under 5 is a contact of a confirmed case, they are not required to self-isolate and should not start daily testing. If they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 they should limit their contact with anyone who is at higher risk of severe illness if infected with COVID-19, and arrange to take a PCR test as soon as possible. They can continue to attend the setting while waiting for the PCR result. If the test is positive, they should follow the stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection.

If we are informed of a confirmed case of COVID-19 by NHS Test & Trace, staff, parents or carer of a child, or our local Public Health England Health Protection Team (PHE HPT), we must immediately contact PHE HPT for advice www.gov.uk/health-protection-team 

Please read our updated COVID-19 Safe Operating Procedures , Risk Assessment and Outbreak Management Plan documents