There has been a lot of information circulating about coronavirus, both officially and through media coverage.
In the unlikely event that a local situation does occur, it may be a difficult time for both your family and mine, which may affect our health, finances and daily lives. Taking this into consideration, I thought it best to issue this policy informing you of my setting’s stance on the evolving situation surrounding coronavirus. As always, our honesty and open dialogue is integral to the success of my setting and I appreciate your full co-operation in this matter. Our strong partnership enables me to provide the best care for your child.
If any scenarios arise that are not covered here, they will be dealt with professionally and considerately to ensure the well-being of those involved and minimal disruption.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. I will be asking all parents to sign updated policies and procedures.
The advice for anyone in any setting is to follow these main guidelines.
If you have been in contact with someone with coronavirus or have returned from an affected area identified by the Chief Medical Officer as high risk and you are feeling unwell with a cough, difficulty breathing or fever, stay at home and use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service or call NHS 111.
Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.
To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.
Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.
At the current time and based on our understanding of what is known of COVID-19 and other similar respiratory viruses, it is likely that older people and those with chronic medical conditions may be vulnerable to severe disease. As more information emerges, recommendations may change.
For official information and guidance about coronavirus, please see the NHS website (NHS.uk) or the UK government’s website >>>