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Coronavirus Policy

Little Country Lovers recognises the importance of advanced planning in order to maintain services and limit the spread of the new Coronavirus within our club.

Coronavirus is a viral infection, spread from person to person mostly by close contact. It typically causes fever and a cough, and in some cases may progress to viral pneumonia which cannot be treated by antibiotics. Symptoms of coronavirus can include:

Cough

Sore throat

Fever

Tiredness

Difficulty breathing

 

These initial symptoms are similar to other colds and flu-type illnesses 

Any child who becomes ill with symptoms which could be Coronavirus while at the Club will be isolated from the other children by at least two metres until the child can be collected by his or her parents/carers. Once the child has left the Club will remain open, but parents and staff will be informed. As soon as possible, taking into account the safety of all children – a deep clean of the premises will take place.

Should any children or staff experience symptoms of coronavirus they should stay away from the Club until all symptoms have passed and they feel well, typically 7 days.

If any staff or children have been in contact with anyone currently self-isolating they will be asked to stay away from the Club for 7 days.

Infection control

Like the common cold and other flu viruses, the new coronavirus is spread by:

  • Infected people passing the virus to others through large droplets when coughing, sneezing, or even talking within a close distance.
  • Direct contact with an infected person: for example, if you shake or hold their hand, and then touch your own mouth, eyes or nose without first washing your hands.
  • Touching objects (eg door handles, light switches) that have previously been touched by an infected person, then touching your own mouth, eyes or nose without first washing your hands. Viruses can survive longer on hard surfaces than on soft or absorbent surfaces. 

We will limit the risk of catching or spreading the new coronavirus at the Club by:

  • Frequent, regular ‘ Super handwashing’ by staff and children
  • Minimising contact between our hands and mouth/nose
  • Covering nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing; using a tissue when possible, and disposing of the tissue promptly and carefully (bag it and bin it)
  • Cleaning hard surfaces (eg door handles, light-switches, tables, etc) with anti-bacterial cleaner frequently. Weather permitting, leaving doors open to circulate air and minimise touching of door handles.
  • Encouraging the children at the Club to follow the guidance above
  • Instructing staff to remain at home if they display any relevant symptoms, or sending them home if they first display symptoms while at work.

At Little Country Lovers we will promote infection control through the methods above, and in addition we will:

  • Display posters and information to promote infection control 
  • Ensure that adequate supplies of cleaning materials are available within the Club
  • Dispose of waste promptly and hygienically
  • Provide tissues and suitable facilities for their disposal.

Closure

The latest advice is that closing individual settings is of limited benefit in stopping the spread of the disease. However, there may be some occasions when we will have to consider temporarily closing the Club:

1 We have too few unaffected staff to run sessions safely 

2 We have been advised by government to close.

In the event of closure, the manager will notify parents or carers as soon as possible. The manager will also inform the local authority, farm management and Ofsted.

As per the booking arrangements on our website all fee payments are non-refundable due to our ongoing costs and we don’t normally offer session swaps. However, during the period that Coronavirus is circulating,  should we have to close for either of the above reasons then parents will be offered alternative sessions when the club next opens. 

Advance planning

In preparation for dealing with a pandemic disease, the Club will ensure that all contact details for staff, children and parents are up to date. 

We will prepare an email of notification for parents and staff, so that it can be distributed immediately if an outbreak occurs. 

We will endeavour to build a bank of relief or supply staff who are able to provide cover should staffing levels fall below the required legal minimums. Any relief staff will be DBS checked at the time of joining our team, so that they are legally able to work with children should the situation arise.

The Club will regularly update its information regarding pandemic diseases, by checking the latest guidance from Public Health England and the local authority and news media. We will inform parents and staff of any changes to our emergency plans.

 

 

This policy was adopted by: Little Country Lovers Holiday Club

 

Date:12.3.2020

To be reviewed: As and when the situation develops

 

Signed: 

 

Written in accordance with the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2017): Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements: Health [3.44].