November 2020 Lockdown FAQ

Posted on 5th November 2020

The Government has confirmed that Early Years Providers will be able to continue to operate throughout this lockdown from 5th November 2020.  please see the FAQs below.   The Nursery is already successfully operating at a very high standard and we will continue to maintain strigent procedures throughout at this very challenging time.  However, the following FAQs and answers may provide a little more clarity.

Q. Are child care providers required to return to smaller 'bubbles?
A.The Department for Education has confirmed that there will be no requirement to return to 'bubbles' for registered Early Years Providers.  The Department for Education states that the overall risk of COVID to children in still very low.  However, we will be minimisiing the mixing of children in different rooms during the lockdown.

Q.Are there any changes to the rules on face coverings?
A. It is not mandatory for staff to wear face coverings.  However, we have made it mandatory for all visitors to the Nursery to wear a face covering and staff are required to wear face coverings when speaking to parents.

Q.What are the rules on external visitors to settings during lockdown?
A.Visits are restricted to new parents and children.  We can continue to conduct these in a COVID secure way by having a strict procedure and only allowing limited access for a short period for one adult only.  Visitors are asked to wear face coverings and overshoes and they are asked to sanitize their hands and have their temperature taken before they enter the Nursery.

Q.What are the rules on charges if parents decide not to take their place during lockdown?
A.The Nursery's policy is that if we are open and able to provide the place then full fee will still apply for the duration of the lockdown period.  Likewise, if children are required to stay away from Nursery because of symptoms or the need to isolate then full fee will still apply

Q.Is the Nursery allowed to use Agency Staff?
A.
The Nursery is allowed to used agency staff if necessary, in order to remain open.  This will be decided on a weekly basis and, where possible the same staff will be employed to work with the children.

Q.Can staff who live with someone who is vulnerable still work at the setting?
A.Yes, this is confirmed by the Department for Education.

Q.What steps can we as parent's take to minimise the risk of transmission and infection during the lockdown?
A.Parents can help by minimising contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have Corona Virus symptoms, or have someone in their household who does, does not attend the Nursery.

I hope that this information helps, we will keep you updated on any further developments.  In the meantime, thank you for your continued support and I hope you all stay safe and well.
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