We will follow the Government guidance relating to Covid-19 at all times. We have also put in place an Emergency Action Plan’ that outlines the procedures that staff will follow for any suspected cases of Covid-19 in the setting. This action plan covers communication protocols, what staff will do whilst waiting for children to be collected, what staff need to do to keep themselves and other children safe, cleaning protocols, and disposal of PPE, clothing and other things that might be infected with the virus. The basic process is summarised below.

 Should a person (staff or child) develop symptoms (new persistent dry cough, high temperature and/or loss of smell and taste) the nursery manager must be notified immediately, and the person should remove themselves from the setting – if it is a child, their parents will be contacted to collect immediately. Anybody infected will be advised to follow the guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection, and get tested as soon as possible. 

If a test has been carried out and it returns negative, the symptoms will be managed like any other illness absence – parents should liaise with the nursery about when it is safe to return.

If a test returns positive, the nursery must be informed immediately and the person who has tested positive must adhere to the self-isolation rules.  If the child or staff member tests positive, the rest of their immediate group (or 'social bubble') within their setting should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days, as per the Government's guidelines. However, the guidance states that the household members of those in that group do not need to self-isolate unless the children or staff member who they live with develops symptoms themselves.

If we have to temporarily close a nursery bubble and ask children to self-isolate due to a positive case in the bubble, we will not be charging for the missed days during this isolation period. However, if your child has to isolate due to having covid-19 symptoms, or any other reason for self-isolation (such as travel abroad), you may be charged in line with our normal terms & conditions.