Re-opening of Playgroup from September 2020
You will have seen in the news this week that the Government has announced that all children will be returning to school and early years' settings in September, therefore we are planning to re-open as normal in September - we can't wait to see everyone!
The information based in this e-mail is taken from the Government's advice to schools and early years' settings published on the 2nd July. You can read the full document at:
The Government believes that returning children to their educational providers is vital for both their education and well-being. It is, however our legal obligation to put measures in place to reduce risks. Early years providers are being asked to plan those protective measures to suit their own settings.
Keeping everyone safe is our absolute priority and for that reason, we have put a lot of additional measures in place. In addition to this, Mrs Wylde and Mrs Filmer from Lea Primary School and Wessington Primary School are our Mental Health First Aiders and will be ready to support children and families with any issues which may have arisen due to the lockdown. We will put their contact details on our website so you can contact them with any concerns you may have. We want to support our community to get back to 'normal' and help wherever we can.
Our new measures are:
- The Government realises that particularly with younger children, social distancing will be extremely difficult therefore there is no longer the need to keep children in small, separate 'bubbles'.
- Holloway Playgroup will become a 'social bubble' in its entirety. This does mean that if one child or member of staff tests positive for COVID-19, everyone who attends playgroup will have to isolate for 14 days. It is therefore important that we follow the measures put in place to minimise the chance of this happening.
- Children will wash their hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise them each time they enter the building and regularly throughout the day; of course they will be supervised whilst they do this.
- 'Catch It, Bin It, Kill It' will continue to be a familiar slogan - we will have boxes of tissues and hand sanitiser available.
- Children will be encouraged not to touch their faces.
- We request that adults do not gather together when dropping off or collecting children
- Adults, other than staff will not be allowed to enter the building unless with a pre-arranged appointment and then only if social distancing can be maintained.
- All resources that are shared will be cleaned thoroughly or left for 72 hours in between use
- If a child shows symptoms, they will be sent home immediately, should have a test and the household isolate for 14 days. If the test is positive playgroup will have to close for 14 days.
- If a family member at home shows symptoms, the whole family must isolate for 14 days and your child should not attend playgroup.
- We will be actively engaged with the track and trace system and work alongside the local health protection team
Mental Health First Aiders:
Mrs Rachel Wylde
Tel: 01629 534286
Mrs Sarah FIlmer
Tel: 01773 832748