COVID-19 Policy

This COVID-19 policy details COVID-19 arrangements for Safeguarding and Child Protection at St. Mary’s Osterley Playgroup. This Policy addendum is effective from February 2021 and will be reviewed regularly.   Download in pdf

Context

This addendum of the St. Mary’s Osterley Playgroup Safeguarding, and Child Protection policy contains details of our individual safeguarding arrangements in the following areas:

Content Table

Context 2

Key contacts. 3

Vulnerable children. 3

Attendance monitoring. 4

Designated Safeguarding Lead. 4

Reporting a concern. 5

Safeguarding Training and induction. 5

Safer recruitment 5

Supporting children who are not attending. 5

Considerations for closure of our early years provision. 6

Recording confirmed coronavirus cases. 6

Managing confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the setting. 6

Notify Ofsted. 7

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How we Intend to Keep your Children Safe

Risk Assessments

The detailed risk assessment have been made alongside the guidance provided to us by the Department for Education. We will be limiting access to the provision to ensure we can reduce any risks to our staff or children.  

Travel Plans

The Government’s guidance has suggested that children, young people and parents are encouraged to walk or cycle where possible and avoid public transport at peak times. Planning your travel is essential especially if using public transport. To support this, we have arranged staggered drop off and pick up times. Please communicate with us your intended travel plans to and from the provision.  If driving DO NOT park on the church driveway, the parking restriction in only between 10am – 12noon.

Shielding or Self Isolating within the Home

Please keep us informed of any update immediately of any shielding/self isolating or changes to your home circumstances regarding this within your home.  No children are to attend if they or a member of their household has any symptoms of the coronavirus and the setting MUST be informed immediately.

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We Are Open!

We have re-opened and detail below our changes to practice to keep our children safe.

We are operating a waiting list and if you are looking for a place for this September either call us on 07719731062 or email us to register your interest.

How we Intend to Keep your Children Safe – Guidance for Parents and Carers

Risk Assessments

The detailed risk assessment can be downloaded here and the guidance provided to us by the Department for Education can be provided on request. We will be limiting access to the provision to ensure we can reduce any risks to our staff or children.  

Travel Plans

The Government’s guidance has suggested that children, young people and parents are encouraged to walk or cycle where possible and avoid public transport at peak times. Planning your travel is essential especially if using public transport. To support this, we have arranged staggered drop off and pick up times. Please communicate with us your intended travel plans to and from the provision.

Shielding within the Home

Please keep us informed of any update immediately of any shielding or changes to your home circumstances regarding shielding within your home 

Procedures for Drop off and Collection

Staggered drop off and pick up times have been arranged to avoid crowding during these periods. Please ring the bell for the Main Hall to drop off and collect.

Drop off

  • If your drop off is 8.30am you can arrive between 8.30 am – 9am.
  • If your drop off is 9.30am you can arrive between 9.15am – 9.45am.

Collection

  • If you collect at 12.30pm you can collect between 12.15 – 12.45pm.
  • If you collect at 2.30pm you can collect between 2.15 – 2.45pm.

To keep children safe during this time it is essential that Parents and Carers do not enter the building, however we will be flexible if your child is upset and only one parent/carer to bring your child.  Therefore a practitioner will sign any children in and out. All Parents and Carers MUST social distance at all times when outside the building.

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