17th March 2020 | Dear all NCN parents, we have reviewed the latest Government Coronavirus guidance and so when we open tomorrow, we will have some new procedures.
Firstly, we just need to state if you or your child (or anyone in your household) has symptoms of Coronavirus, please do not come to nursery, as you now need to self-isolate for 14 days.
We are already endeavoring to social distance in our nurseries, with only employees now entering the buildings. However, you need to be aware that we have requested that vulnerable people (those with serious underlying health issues or pregnant women) take paid holiday, such that they prioritize their own safety. This is only a very very limited number of staff.
This may mean that we will be following guidelines already in place from OFSTED, to relax staff to children ratios. We will only do this on the basis that we have risk assessed and we are confident that all children in our care are safe. However, we may now change how we allow children free access to both the indoors and outdoor spaces. If you would prefer that your child does not attend, then you can make this choice, however funding will still be claimed and fees will still be chargeable.
Please be understanding, in this difficult time for us all.
Dear NCN families, as these are unprecedented times, we have decided to ensure that we can continue our high level of dialogue with you, as decisions are made in the UK that may affect our settings regarding COV-19. Please be assured we are doing everything possible to prevent the COV-19 virus from gaining access to and spreading within our setting
- We have installed sanitising stations at the entrances to our nurseries and ask all visitors to the setting to thoroughly cleanse their hands before entering the building
- We are sanitising high contact areas such as door handles, taps etc on a regular basis during the day
- Children and staff are washing their hands for 20 secs regularly during the day.
- Our staff are fully aware of the seriousness of the situation and know their responsibility to inform us if they develop symptoms or need to self-isolate due to travel etc.
- Following latest advice as it is issued from .gov.uk https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
In this context we please ask that you all share openly with us if you have travelled outside of the UK within the last 14 days or are required to self-isolate.
If you fall ill and/or are required to self-isolate, please do not bring your child to nursery. Please stay at home with your child, as your child may be infected as well.
We do not want this virus to spread to those who are most vulnerable, which is largely older adults.
Symptoms of Coronavirus
The symptoms of Coronavirus are:
- a cough
- a high temperature
- shortness of breath
But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. The symptoms are similar to other common illnesses such as cold and flu.
Likewise you do not have to be very ill to be infected. Some people may not even know they have the illness.
How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
- try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Food and Menus
Due to the changing availability of food, we anticipate that there may be some difficulty getting hold of the exact contents detailed on our menus. Because of this, we may have to deviate slightly from the menu from time to time in the coming weeks. Please be assured though that your children will continue to have nutritious, home cooked meals.