COVID-19 Risk Assessment

June 2020

I am pleased to let you know that, further to the government’s announcement that early years and childcare providers will open from 1 June (subject to scientific advice), I am working hard to take the necessary steps to be ready to welcome back all children. I will open to all children only if the government confirms that their five key tests justify taking this step.

To prevent the risk of spreading infection and to minimise danger to everyone to am putting new procedures in place throughout the setting.

  • Please remember if anyone in your home has any of the symptoms of Covid-19 please follow the government guidelines and self-isolate.

  • If your child becomes unwell while they are here, they will need to be collected as soon as possible. Please make sure your emergency contacts are up to date and do not include any vulnerable people that will not be able to collect.

  • Could I please ask parents to not enter the cabin and drop their child at the door. The less people entering the easier it will be to prevent the virus spreading.

  • Toys from home will not be allowed into the setting for the moment as this will make it harder for me to ensure toys are clean.

  • On arrival the children will be asked to use hand sanitiser or wash their hands if they would rather.

  • The children will be taught the importance of through handwashing and shown how to do this effectively. A timer has been introduced to ensure they spend long enough doing it. Please could you help by encouraging their handwashing at home.

  • Children will be reminded not to touch their faces, please could you also do this at home.

  • Boxes of tissues will be within easy reach and the children encouraged to use them for catching coughs and sneezes.

  • We will play outside as much as possible with activities set up outside.

  • Social distancing will be encouraged inside by seating being moved so children cannot sit so closely together and extra tables added for activities and to give extra room at snack and meal times.

  • All areas and toys will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected throughout the day and at the end of the day.

  • I will be wearing gloves for nappy changing and any other personal routines.

  • Dressing up clothes and cushions will be removed, the throw on the sofa will be washed at least weekly.

  • Messy play activities will be kept within the same small group of children and changed regularly.

  • As usual the children will have their own personal towels and cups/bottles.

  • We will be going out for walks and exploring the wood and I will ensure that children are kept at least two meters away from anyone we meet.

  • Car travel will be kept to a minimum.

All children who are attending a childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus, and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario. The aim is to enable children to get back to childcare, and their parents or carers not to need to self-isolate any longer than is necessary, if the test proves to be negative. A positive test will ensure rapid action to protect other children and staff in their setting.

We ask all parents and carers to ensure they organise a test for their child, in the event that they develop coronavirus symptoms, and notify us immediately of a positive test.

I hope that this letter has given you the information you need to understand what arrangements I have made to enable children to return to me from 1 June. I am looking forward to welcoming your children back and I hope that you are assured that I have taken all possible steps to ensure safety for all in our setting. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know.