Porchester Road     COVID Policy

Preschool must not be attended (staff, parents, children or visitors) if anyone in their household has symptoms, follow self-isolation and test guidance and inform preschool


Safeguarding and Welfare Requirement: Safety and Suitability of Premises, Environment and Equipment, Health


Providers must take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of children, staff and others on the premises.  The provider must promote the good health of children attending the setting.


Policy statement

The health and safety of the children attending our setting, our staff, and the families of staff and children are of paramount importance, along with the safety of the wider community.  Children’s emotional wellbeing is of equal importance and will be supported as skilfully as possible within the necessary restrictions that need to be implemented.  Staff are trained in theraplay and nurture groups and will utilise these strategies to provide as safe, stimulating and nurturing preschool experience for all who attend.

These procedures are written in line with guidance from UK Government; https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus the manager is responsible for ensuring all staff understand and follow these procedures, and for updating procedures as guidance may change.  The policy is additional to our general policies and should be viewed in partnership with them.  Some necessary measures may supersede our existing policies temporarily.  Where permanent changes are adopted, existing policies will be updated.

Risk Assessment

Our risk assessment process will be published on our website and via Tapestry and sent to parents via email with regular updates. 



  • The preschool will only open when the Government issues confirmation that it is safe to do so.  Preschool will close as and when necessary through local and national guidance.
  • Staff, parents and children must follow all necessary social distancing guidance, both at home and in preschool. This guidance may change; parents and staff must ensure that they keep updated and follow national guidance and strategies in relation to COVID 19 at all times.
  • Numbers of children may be reduced and or a phased return implemented after any necessary closures, to ensure that all necessary hygiene, and infection controls can be implemented and to manage staffing fluctuations that may be necessary. Places will be prioritised in the following order: vulnerable children, children of critical workers, children starting school in September.

Indoor and outdoor environment

  • The layout of the setting will change to encourage social distancing for everybody. The outdoor area will be fully utilised. Children will continue to access indoor and outdoor activities and given free choice of play to support child led play and learning.
  • We will still man the main gate and the main door. If we have lower staffing levels and to comply with social distancing, manning of external gates and exit/entry points during drop offs and collections may not take place.  Parents are asked to be especially vigilant when entering and leaving the premises.  Gates will be locked promptly and exit/entry points secured.

Infection controls – symptoms


  • Anyone experiencing any of three coronavirus symptoms MUST stay at home.  The symptoms are:
    1. high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)


  1. a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)


  1. a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal


  • Children should NOT be given analgesia such as Calpol, or other ibuprofen/paracetamol products before attending preschool as this could mask symptoms of COVID.  The preschool reserves the right to refuse admission to children if this is not adhered to.
  • Staff, parents or children with any of the 3 main symptoms – high temperature, new, continuous cough, loss or change to sense of smell or taste will not be permitted on preschool site. 
  • If a staff member experiences symptoms while at work they will go home, parents will be contacted to collect their children and preschool will close for up to 2 weeks or until the results of tests are received that confirm a negative result.
  • If a child presents with symptoms they will be taken to a separate room/garden with a staff member who will wear PPE, parent of the child will be contacted to collect the child and the rest of the parents contacted to collect their children. Preschool will close for up to 2 weeks or until the results of tests are received that confirm a negative test.
  • If a diagnosis of Covid is confirmed all necessary bodies will be informed, including Ofsted, Public Health England and in the case of staff contracting the virus, Riddor.
  • We advise and expect parents and staff to fully support contact tracing measures and to follow the advice given, should they be contact traced.  Parents must inform preschool if they/or any member of their household has been advised to self-isolate.

Infection controls – track and trace

  • All users of and visitors to the setting will be required to fully support any Track and Trace guidance measures, including self-isolating.
  • Any contact for Track and Trace must be declared to the setting, with relevant measures explained, including contact relating to other members of the persons household
  • The preschool will also declare to users of and visitors to the setting should any staff member need to follow Track and Trace instructions.


Infection controls – other household members


  • Staff MUST declare if they have a member of their household displaying signs of COVID-19 and may NOT come into preschool.
  • Parents MUST declare if they have a member of their family displaying signs of COVID-19 and may NOT come into preschool.


Shielded and clinically vulnerable adults and children


  • Some adults and children are advised not to attend.  If this is the case the preschool would not require staff to work and would not permit the attendance of those children affected.


 Social distancing


 Staff are required to wear face coverings when greeting parents and where social distancing cannot be maintained in the setting (i.e. setting up and packing away)


Social Distancing - Visitors

  • In general children and staff will be the only persons to enter inside the preschool area of the building during operating hours.  No other visitors will be permitted unless absolutely necessary and by arrangement with setting manager.
  • Anyone using main doors to the building e.g. scout members, will inform preschool manager of time and date of entry.


Social distancing – parents

  • Parents dropping children off will maybe given times to stagger the amount of people arriving at preschool.
  • Social distancing must be observed on arrival and leaving the preschool.
  • Children will be released to parents via the normal door, one by one at home time – social distancing markers for waiting parents will be put on the outside waiting area.
  • It is requested that only one parent drops and collects children, and that the same parent does this each day.


Social distancing – children

  • Numbers of children will be limited to minimise number of contacts of children and adults.
  • Staff will explain to children the rules of social distancing.


Social distancing – staff

  • Staff will observe stringent social distancing with each other and parents


Hygiene controls – hand washing

  • Staff and children will sanitise their hands on arrival to the premises, and often throughout the day and before they leave the preschool.
  • Ample supplies of soap/towels/sanitiser will be provided and children supervised to ensure this is done safely.  Additional wash stations will be set up in the preschool room and outside for hand washing.
  • Parents are requested to teach /remind children how to wash hands thoroughly.
  • Children and parents must wash their hands before they leave the house to come to preschool https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/



Hygiene controls – toileting


  • Children will use the toilet with limited numbers entering the toilets at one time
  • Children that are not yet independent in self-care will have their nappies changed by a member of staff who will wear gloves, aprons and change to the side to avoid unnecessary close contact
  • If a child is in need of assistance staff will support them from the side/behind to avoid face to face close contact.
  • Staff will have PPE to carry out any intimate care duties.
  • Parents are asked to explain to children some of the restrictions that are necessary so that they understand some of the differences that they will experience.


Infection controls – resources


  • The resources offered will be limited to those that are not considered an infection risk.  Soft furnishings (blankets, cushions, teddies), sand areas will not be put out.
  • We will make fresh play dough every day and have limited dressing up on offer
  • Resources will be cleaned in between each session and at the end of everyday
  • Outdoor resources such as the slide, mud kitchen, bikes etc. will be wiped down after each session
  • Equipment inside e.g. table and unit tops, chairs and frequently touched surfaces including the toilets will be frequently cleaned throughout the day, between sessions, and at the beginning and end of each day.


Infection controls – cleaning


  • Staff will conduct rigorous and thorough cleaning before children arrive at preschool, throughout the day and at the end of the day. This will include high contact areas such as door handles in addition to resources. 
  • Items that are brought from home will need to be clearly labelled and minimised.  Toys and comforters are not permitted to be brought into preschool. Parents are asked to ensure that children are not bringing small toys in pockets etc. into preschool.
  • Wellington boots, coats etc. will not be used to minimise the risk of unconscious sharing between children. Parents will be asked to provide all wet weather clothing for their own child. Soiled clothing will be double bagged and returned to the child’s parent for washing.


Infection controls – lunches


  • Lunch boxes MUST be clearly named, placed on the lunch box trolley outside and will then be wiped on arrival at preschool.  They will also be wiped after use in readiness for home time.
  • If a child appears unusually reluctant to eat lunch or complains that it doesn’t taste right, this will be deemed as a possible symptom and procedures followed for the child to be collected, self-isolate and tested before returning to preschool.
  • Parents are asked to clean lunch boxes and water bottles thoroughly before coming to preschool and again once home. 
  • Parents are asked to supply their child’s lunch in containers that the child can independently manage, to minimise handling of the items by other people.


Infection controls – snacks


  • Snacks will continue to be provided by the preschool. Self-serve snacks will not be provided.


Infection controls – payments


  • We will not accept cash payments or donations. Parents are encouraged to make usual snack donations by on-line banking.


Infection controls – administering first aid


  • Any necessary first aid will be carried out by the relevant, trained practitioner. Staff will use PPE
  • All notifications of accidents/ incidents and first aid will be uploaded to Tapestry and a reminder will be given on collection at the gate
  • Major accidents/incidents will be dealt with in the usual way using PPE.


Infection control – physical intervention


  • Staff will only physically intervene with a child if necessary to avoid injury to people. 
  • Staff can physically intervene to take an unsettled child on arrival to preschool, if they and the parent have face coverings on. Measures will be taken to try and encourage the child to enter preschool by themselves.


Infection control – clothing and sun screen


  • Staff will wear a clean uniform every day, hair will be tied up where possible.
  • Children are required to wear clean clothing every day.  Children will need their own weather wear on days this is necessary e.g. waterproofs, sunhats etc. and will need to have a ‘once a day’ sun screen applied before attending preschool.



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Reviewed by : Ladybirds Directors


Dates reviewed

January 4th 2021

Zoe Marler-Hausen










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