Latest COVID-19 Information

Updated on 1st July 2020

St. Patrick’s Montessori Nursery School opened its doors on Wednesday 3rd June 2020 following temporary closure due to the Coronavirus pandemic in England.

If your child is due to attend the nursery, we ask that they should not attend if they have symptoms of Coronavirus or if they are self-isolating due to any of their household members showing symptoms. Please notify the nursery if your child or a household member has a persistent cough or a fever, also please notify the nursery if anybody in your household has tested positive for COVID-19. Do not enter the nursery until after your period of self-isolation as advised by the Government is over.

Keeping our children and staff safe is our top priority. We want to ensure the safe running of the nursery by minimising the risk of the spread of Coronavirus. We have policies in place for Infection Control, Sickness and Illness and the Coronavirus Pandemic. We will always seek to follow the latest Government guidance and will seek additional support and advice from Public Health England if necessary.

As guided by the Government, there are several controls that we will adopt to reduce the risk of transmission. This includes:
• minimising contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend nursery.
• continuing to clean hands more often than usual. Hands will be washed thoroughly for 20 seconds with running water and soap and dry them thoroughly or use alcohol hand rub or sanitiser
ensuring that all parts of the hands are covered.
• ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
• cleaning frequently touched surfaces often using standard cleaning products.
• minimising mixing by altering the environment to provide care in small groups called “Bubbles”.


What if my child or a member of my household has symptoms of Coronavirus?
Children should not attend nursery if they have symptoms or if they are self-isolating due to any of their household members showing symptoms. Please follow the Government’s Stay at Home Guidance for Households with Possible Coronavirus Infection. Parents or carers with symptoms of Coronavirus should not drop off or pick up their child. We encourage all symptomatic children to be tested for Coronavirus and ask parents to inform us of the results.

What if my child becomes unwell with Coronavirus symptoms while at nursery?
If anyone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature in the nursery, they will be sent home. While your child is awaiting collection, they will be moved, to an area which is at least 2 metres away from other people and will have adult supervision. PPE will be provided for staff caring for your child while they await collection if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained. Do not be alarmed by this, this will help to reduce the spread of infection to staff and other children. After being sent home, children and staff will be advised to self isolate for seven-days. Siblings and other members of their household should also self-isolate for fourteen days. All staff and children will be encouraged to be tested for Coronavirus if they show symptoms.

My child has symptoms but has been tested for Coronavirus and is negative?
If your child is well enough to come into nursery then we will allow them to return. In line with our Medication Policy; we will not admit a child who has had infantile suspension in the morning prior to attending nursery.

My child has been tested positive for Coronavirus?
We will ask you to follow Government advice and for your child to self-isolate. The other children and staff in your child’s Bubble will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of the child or staff member in that Bubble do not need to self-isolate unless the child or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.

A member of our household is clinically extremely vulnerable, should my child attend nursery?
Any child or staff member who is clinically extremely vulnerable due to pre-existing medical conditions will not be expected to attend as they have been advised to shield. Children or staff members who live with the extremely clinically vulnerable are not advised to attend the nursery. Children or staff who live with someone who is clinically vulnerable (but not clinically extremely vulnerable) including those who are pregnant can still attend St. Patrick’s.

I am still worried about the Coronavirus and I want to keep my child at home, is this possible?
The Government has advised children to attend so that they can gain the educational and wellbeing benefits. However, we want you to do what you feel is most comfortable in this situation. If you want to keep your child at home then please inform us.

How will you promote good hand hygiene?
We will ensure that all adults and children frequently wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and dry thoroughly. Everyone will clean their hands on arrival at the setting, before and after eating, when returning from the garden, after cleaning and after sneezing or coughing. Children will be assisted with washing their hands when they are not able to do so independently, and we will encourage good hand hygiene through songs and games.

What if my child does not know how to cough/ sneeze into a tissue?
We will continue to advise children to use a tissue or elbow to cough or sneeze and use bins for tissue waste. Staff will act as positive role models in order to model this behaviour and to reduce risk of transmission. Games, activities and songs will be used to help promote this.

Will there be changes to play equipment at the nursery?
Resources and materials used in the nursery have been assessed for their suitability. Unnecessary items have been removed from access. This includes soft furnishings, soft toys and toys that are hard to clean (such as those with intricate parts). Play equipment is cleaned between Bubbles using it and frequently touched surfaces are cleaned more regularly than normal. Staff clean and disinfect these throughout the day.

Will my child’s routine change?
We have worked hard to keep a normal routine as is possible. Sleep and mealtimes are not affected. Due to the nature of working in Bubbles, the usual nursery play routines have been altered to reduce contact with other Bubbles. Returning to nursery will be a huge change in a child’s routine but so far the children who have returned have adapted quickly to their new routine and new environment. Children are allowed access to the garden in their Bubbles. Garden access will be prioritised at this time.

Will parents and visitors be allowed into the nursery?
Unfortunately, at this time we are not permitting parents or visitors to enter the nursery. The only visitors that will enter the nursery during the nursery day will be for emergencies only or external agencies who are required to support a child (where virtual support is not appropriate). Ofsted have withheld any inspections until the Autumn. All nursery tours have been cancelled for now and all the new children due to start have had their start dates postponed.

I am worried about dropping my child off at nursery and my child being upset, what can you do to reassure me?
Please be reassured that our priority will always be the children. We anticipate some tears for the first few drop offs but our skilled staff will be on hand to help. All staff have received training on understanding children’s emotions while we have been away. The first few days may be tough but please remain calm and they will get easier. The telephone will be manned all day long, so please call if you want updates on your child.

What happens if staff are self isolating?
We will review staff numbers on a daily basis and consider ratios. We will only run if there is a member of staff in the building with a level 3 childcare qualification. We will endeavour to ensure that at least half of our staff hold a level 2 childcare qualification or above. There will always be a Paediatric First Aider on site and a DSL will always be contactable.

I cannot walk to nursery, am I okay to use public transport?
Please follow Government guidance regarding using Public Transport.

How will you source food for my child?

We will continue to ensure we provide a healthy and nutritious menu for the children. The menu however, may change on a daily basis due to food supplies. Online contactless delivery will be used when possible, if not then alternative means will be used.

Where can I get further advice?
The latest advice is available on the Government website. Particularly helpful documents are:
• Actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020 (16th June 2020)
• Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings (1st June 2020)
• Early years foundation stage: coronavirus disapplications (24 April 2020).
Please also see guidance on Staying alert and safe (24th June 2020) and COVID-19: guidance for young people on shielding and protecting people most likely to become unwell if they catch coronavirus (23rd June 2020)

You can view our COVID 19 Risk Assessment by clicking here
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