Coronavirus Nursery Strategy

Coronavirus Nursery Info**Accurate as at 30th March 2020**

We are able to offer childcare to our critical, keyworker & other eligible children at the following settings: 

Bright Kids Northfield (Birmingham) – Bright Kids Studley (Warwickshire) –

Bright Kids Crabbs Cross (Redditch) – Bright Kids Evesham (Worcestershire)

We have set out the following guidance to assist staff and parents at Bright Kids to feel supported and informed about the current coronavirus – Covid 19 outbreak and to be made aware of some of our measures. For the very latest information then speak to your nursery direct about coronavirus nursery updates. We will update this page as often as we can and when we have new information to share.

Updated Information about COVID-19

As of late on Monday 23rd March 2020, we have moved into another phase of how we look to protect people in the UK from COVID-19 within the “delay” phase of the COVID-19 action plan, which can be found here.
We are having daily updates from Downing Street which can be viewed on the BBC News

There is now a complete lockdown on all social activity and we are advised to only leave the house when necessary for medicine, food or work. Our staff are travelling to work as safely as possible.

Bright Kids is working hard to ensur we can maintain our services to families during this Coronavirus outbreak.

Household isolation
Detailed information and advice for the public about what they, and their family contacts, should do can be found here on the NHS.uk website (and will be regularly updated). There is some very important detail in the Stay at Home guidance, including at what point people are able to come out of self-isolation, which can be found here
People do not need to phone NHS111 if their symptoms are mild but should do if their symptoms worsen/if they need medical care, or if symptoms do not get better after 7 days. There is also a 111 online service that people are being asked to use in the first instance. Please call 999 in an emergency
Social distancing advice
Information for the public, and particularly for people aged over 70, people with certain health conditions and pregnant women can be found here

Washing hands regularly with soap and water is one of the best way we can prevent spread
of the infection.

A dashboard showing confirmed cases can be found here

Please see PHE advice against use of COVID rapid tests that are being marketed here

It is extremely important, as the national situation evolves, that we think about how we can
best support the mental health and wellbeing of people affected by the outbreak –
individuals, families, workplaces, schools, as well as people who are working hard to protect
the health of our communities. The Mental Health foundation has some good advice here.
Also, following simple advice about washing our hands more regularly with soap and water
really can make a difference.

Travel advice
Travel advice is changing regularly as the situation changes internationally. We recommend
that you look up country-specific information and advice on the Foreign Office website here.

Useful guidance, resources and communications materials,
A helpful list of all national guidance has also been published here, and this contains
guidance for a range of partners/sectors, including guidance for educational settings, adult
social care settings (including guidance about returning health and care workers), the
transport sector, guidance for employers and businesses as well as advice for professionals
advising the public and NHS guidance.
PHE have produced a “Finding the Evidence” collection of resources – here
Information about 5 things we can all do to protect ourselves and our community can be
found here
A national handwashing poster can be found here
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has worked with Future Learn to develop a
new free to access online learning programme on COVID-19
Imperial College London have just opened up a new online COVID course,

It is not an early years providers’ responsibility to report instances of these diseases to Public Health England – but we will need to report it to Ofsted if a diagnosis in any of our settings is confirmed by a health professional.

What is a Coronavirus?

COVID-19 spreads in a similar way to flu, where there is close contact (within 2 metres) with an infected person. It is likely that the risk increases the longer someone has contact with an infected person. It is not an airborne virus. It is the droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes (respiratory secretion) that contain the virus and these are most likely to be the means of transmission, through other people then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes. It is also possible that someone may become infected by touching a surface or object that has been contaminated with respiratory secretions and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes (such as touching a door knob or shaking hands then touching face).

Most people infected with the virus have mild symptoms and recover, but some experience more serious illness and may need hospital care.  People with weakened immune systems or underlying health conditions such as diabetes, heart and lung disease are more vulnerable.

Definition by Public Health England (PHE): Coronaviruses are a common type of virus. They typically cause fever and a cough, which may progress to more severe pneumonia, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties in some people

There is currently no specific cure for the new Coronavirus so treatment is aimed at relieving the symptoms.

The chief medical officers for the UK have been preparing the UK and have already put in place robust infection control measures to respond immediately. The NHS is well-prepared and used to managing infections and are already working to quickly identify any contacts of the patients confirmed to have the virus, to prevent further spread.

What are the symptoms?

The NHS advises that symptoms of the Coronavirus usually include:

  • Feeling tired
  • difficulty breathing
  • a high temperature
  • a cough

Children under the ages of 10 are least affected.

People most affected are people that have under-lying heath issues and the elderly.

What should we do if someone at our setting needs to self-isolate?

This advice is for people with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), including those with a diagnosis of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, who must remain at home until they are well.

The main messages are:

  • if you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, do not leave your home for 7 days from when your symptoms started (see ending isolation section for more information)
  • this action will help protect others in your community while you are infectious
  • plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure you can successfully stay at home
  • ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home whenever possible
  • sleep alone, if possible
  • wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
  • stay away from vulnerable individuals, such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, as much as possible
  • you do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999

Children should not be dropped off at our setting by anyone who is suspected of having the virus or who have travelled from any of the highly affected areas in Europe– they should make arrangements for another family member or friend to drop them off instead.

All other children and staff can attend our setting as usual – unless they have been advised otherwise by Public Health officials.

If you know that a child or member of staff has recently returned from an affected area, we would request that they not attend the provision until the required self-isolation period is over.

Do we need to close the setting?

Please be reassured, that as stated by the Prime Minister, where someone has been in contact with a suspected case in a childcare setting in most cases, closure of the setting will be unnecessary but this will be a local decision based on various factors including professional advice.

What are we doing to protect staff, children and families in our setting?

As with any widespread infection that could pose a threat to children, parents may be understandably concerned.

Social media and word-of-mouth in a community can sometimes be a source of misinformation, particularly if you hear of a suspected case of Coronavirus in a nursery locally.

As a company we want to reassure parents who are worried by sharing up-to-date information and advice from reliable sources such as the NHS, PHE and GOV.UK.

Bright Kids is putting in place serious rigorous infection control measures that will reduce the exposure for staff and children whilst in the setting, including:

  • good basic hygiene practices, including very regular hand-washing (practitioners, children and visitors)
  • restricting exposure to the children’s environments from parents and visitors
  • regular sanitising of the restricted areas where parents hand over children
  • staff covering any existing wounds or lesions with waterproof dressings
  • personal protective equipment (PPE) such as aprons, gloves and masks are used as needed
  • there are procedures in place for rigorous cleaning of equipment and the environment
  • awareness  of infection control guidance, including the management of infections

We have introduced new handover procedures in order to minimise exposure from outside sources to our enviornments and vulnerable staff members.

Public Health England advises that children and staff should be encouraged to

catch sneezes with a tissue, bin the tissue and wash their hands.

We will also remind children to wash their hands:

  • after outside breaks
  • before meals and snack times
  • after using the toilet
  • when they arrive at the setting
  • at the end of the day before they go home

Where we do not have immediate access to soap and hot water to hand at the time, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be used instead. These products will have at least 60% alcohol and will be kept out of the reach of children.

We will discourage and raise awareness of everyone touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands and we will not allow sharing of any items that come into contact with mouths such as cups and bottles.

People who are feeling unwell – including parents, children and staff – should not attend the setting.

Key information sources

Coronavirus nursery helpline

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

The Department for Education has launched a new helpline for early years providers, schools and colleges – as well as parents, carers and young people – who have questions about Coronavirus.

If you have specific questions about the virus, you can contact the helpline on:

Call: 0800 046 8687      Email: DfE.Coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

The situation regarding Covid-19 in the UK is subject to change, though the current risk of catching the virus remains low.

These sites will have all the official information you will need and should ideally be the only source of information you refer to:

COVID 19 – Guidance for Educational Setttings (DfE)

Coronarvirus: latest information and advice (Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England)

Coronavirus (2019-cCoV) (NHS)

Coronavirus FAQs (NHS)

Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) – what you need to know (Public Health England)