As a childcare provider, we take health and safety in our nurseries extremely seriously. Considering the current outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have put together some information, all of which is based on Public Health England Guidance for Educational Settings and World Health Organisation advice.
What is Coronavirus? A coronavirus is a ‘type’ of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world with typical symptoms of coronavirus including fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia, causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.
Bertram Nursery Group have prepared and issued a formal guidance documents for nurseries and regional management teams to follow. Those documents have been prepared to help our teams understand current advice and precautionary measures around personal and environmental hygiene and, importantly, what to do in the event of a ‘low’ or ‘high’ level incident relating to a person displaying symptoms or where there is a confirmed case.
Any parents enquiring to attend a show round will be asked to complete the survey prior to being booked in, ensuring that they do not attend site should any concerns be raised about their health. Additionally, all contractors and/or visitors will be required to do the same prior to arriving on site.
Each setting at Bertram Nursery Group has a screening questionnaire which is placed at all major entry and exit points, receptions, toilets and delivery areas. It is essential each visitor reads and answers the questions BEFORE they enter through to common areas of the nursery. Bertram Nursery Group have the right to refuse entry to anyone who will not cooperate by answering some simple questions to help us conduct the first screening, should we find anyone unwilling to cooperate – we can and should politely ask the individual(s) to remain outside the building until we have sought advice on the matter.
We are confident this will be received positively rather than negatively as this demonstrates our commitment to the following advice and making our nurseries as safe as we can, mitigating the risk of spreading this or other infectious diseases.
There is nothing more important for us than safeguarding the health and wellbeing of all children and staff.
We continue to keep a close eye on advice from the Department of Health and Social Care, along with Public Health England, on the Government website, we would encourage you to please do the same.
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