Our response to Covid-19 and the procedures we have put in place
At Magdalene preschool our key priority at all times is the health, safety and wellbeing of children, their families and staff. In regard to the Covid-19 pandemic we have devised a policy in relation to this, please see below:
Emergency Pandemic COVID-19 Policy January 2021
This policy outlines the nature of the current COVID-19 / Corona virus and what Magdalene Preschool are doing to stem infection within our setting. How we are supporting families, children and staff during this time.
We are taking advice from the Department of Education, Early Years Croydon, The World Health organisation and Gov.uk and Public Health England – Please see relevant link below:
We shall ensure that all members of our Preschool community are kept informed as appropriate, with a particular emphasis on the communication to parents and employees through the website and text message as well as messages on our information board with the latest advice given by the government and information regarding preschool.
Senior Management will have regular meetings to discuss daily issues regarding children and staff being off due to self-isolation.
Manager to keep in constant contact with Early Years Croydon regarding funding.
Day to day running of preschool
In the event that staff are unable to be at work due to self-isolation or having contracted the COVID-19 virus, other staff members will do their best to cover wherever possible. Magdalene preschool will endeavour to stay open for our normal hours, however this may not be possible due to staff ratio’s. Parents will be updated if preschool needs to close early due to not enough staff. It is a safeguarding issue if child to teacher ratios are not correct. Magdalene preschool will aim to stay open throughout this pandemic to support children and working families – unless instructed to close by the Department of Education or Public Health England.
Parents and Children
Please text or phone to let us know if your child or a member of your household displays symptoms of COVID-19. If this is the case households should self-isolate for 14 days.
We need to be clear that self-isolating is a precautionary measure designed to delay the spread of the coronavirus. Self-isolation must not be confused with having the virus.
Do not bring your child to preschool if they are unwell, we will send them home.
More information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Cleanliness and Hygiene
All members of staff will endeavour to keep cleanliness and hygiene to a maximum by:
Asking all visitors to the Magdalene centre to use hand sanitizer or to wash their hands when entering the building.
Staff to daily deep clean the toilets and kitchen.
To spray and clean all work surfaces and door handles daily.
To make sure staff and children are regularly washing hands.
Encourage staff and children to sneeze into a tissue and bin it or sneeze into elbow.
Frequently asked Questions and Answers
Q. What safety measures will be in place for my child’s return to preschool in September?
At drop off and collection time to start off with we will have 2 staggered start and collection times to limit the amount of families outside preschool at any one time. We are asking you to hand your child to the Manager and Deputy who will be waiting at the red doors. Please make sure you keep within the social distancing guidelines and make sure your child stays with you until they are handed over to preschool staff. To limit the amount of adults at the Magdalene centre only 1 adult is allowed to drop/collect the child.
Inside the Magdalene centre, preschool will be set up as usual. Staff will interact will children as usual.
Q. How are you managing access to the preschool?
No staff member who has Covid-19 symptoms, (or who has a member of their family displaying symptoms) will be admitted into the Magdalene centre until they have either completed their self-isolation in line with government guidance or have had a test and tested negative. Parents are expected to notify preschool if any member of their family are showing symptoms of COVID-19.
Non-essential visitors are not permitted into the Magdalene centre, this includes viewings for perspective children/parents. If you wish to be added to our waiting list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If a visit from an outside agency is required, the visitor will need to document their details in our day book diary, so they can be contacted at a later date if needed.
Q. Will staff be wearing PPE?
Staff are not required to wear PPE when interacting with Children. PPE will be worn (masks) by staff if the 2 meter rule cannot be maintained with parents. Staff will wear PPE when dealing with accidents or injuries. If a suspected Covid-19 case is found at preschool, staff will wear full PPE and the child/member of staff will be taken to the isolation room to wait to be collected.
Q. Are Staff/Children required to be tested?
In line with the government guidelines, Staff and children do not need to be routinely tested unless they show Covid-19 symptoms, please follow the link if you think your child may need a test and inform staff ASAP https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested
Q. What additional cleaning and hygiene processes are you putting in place?
All staff are responsible for regular cleaning through out the day and we use a rota system for this. We regularly clean and disinfect surfaces, objects and toys throughout the day. This includes high risk contact with door handles and doors, toys and children’s resources and light switches. The children are accompanied to the toilet with an adult and the toilet, toilet flushes and sinks are cleaned by an adult after every use.
There are now hand gel dispensers in the Magdalene centre for everyone to use. Children are encouraged to ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ by using tissues and regularly washing their hands frequently. There are ‘snuffle stations’ in the hall where children can wipe their hands, use tissues and put them in the bin’s provided.
Q. What happens if a child or member of staff become ill during the session at preschool?
If a Child starts to show symptoms of Covid-19 the Manager and Deputy will put on full PPE and take the child to the Covid-19 isolation room where their parent will be contacted to come and collect their child. The family will be advised to self-isolate for 14 days and to obtain a Covid-19 test. The family should keep in contact with preschool to advise them of the situation. If a staff member shows symptoms of Covid-19, they will be asked to leave the Magdalene centre immediately and to obtain a test ASAP, they will not return to work until they receive a negative result. All parents will be advised if there is a case of Covid-19 at Magdalene Preschool.
Q. How will you settle my child back into preschool after being off for such a long time?
All staff at Magdalene preschool remain the same, your child’s key person will make sure they give the child space to reacclimatise themselves back into preschool life, children will take the lead in their play and staff will follow their lead. All staff are compassionate and caring and are interested in the child’s interests and opinions. There will be familiar toys that your child wants to play with. Please remember your child can play with anything – but they must put the toys away after themselves. If you are worried about your child settling in to preschool please talk to your key person.
Q. I have some anxiety about my child returning/starting preschool and would like to understand more – who should I speak to?
You can speak to Sarah or Asia at the red doors or email to make an appointment.
Q. What additional information is available to understand the pandemic and how it affects preschool?
Please follow the links below: