COVID 19 operational changes
We are a unique outdoor based setting with an ethos centred around connecting with nature and having fun whatever the weather. In this very challenging time we have been able to offer childcare from our Slimbridge site to the children of key workers and vulnerable children in small groups, minimizing risk by being outside most of the time and observing stringent hygiene practice. We carry out regular risk assessments on all activities and operational practice and our staff are attending COVID training before rejoining us to care for the children.
Following publication on 11.5.2020 of the 50 page government guidance we have put together a plan to open our sites during the summer school holiday for a smaller number of children than usual.
We will constantly review the situation and for your peace of mind we will continue to offer full refunds or credit notes should we have to cease operating at anytime.
During 2020 and until further notice we will;
- Minimize indoor activities and, weather permitting spend all day and eat lunch outdoors. If we are indoors windows and doors will be left open to allow air flow.
- (At our Slimbridge site) We will utilize temporary marquees and shelters to allow children greater space per person at registration and pick up. Children will be designated indoor space in groups of 10-15 and remain with their group and key staff member's throughout the day.
- Our Wycliffe site will only cater for 15 children at any one time.
- Regularly disinfect, equipment, surfaces, outdoor equipment and hand rails, door handles and toilets throughout the day. We will not use any outdoor play equipment which can not be easily cleaned between users.
- Require all children and staff to wash hands upon arrival and though the day with warm water and soap for 20 seconds, drying thoroughly. Young children will be helped by staff.
- (At Slimbridge) install extra, temporary, outdoor, warm water hand wash stations.
- Remind children and display posters to catch it, kill it, bin it! We will provide free pocket tissues to all children.
- Avoid parents and carers crowding together by operate a 'soft' drop off and collection where children attending the core hours can arrive between 8.40-9.20 and leave between 4-4.40.
- Children should not pass between settings and if they are going to be accessing multiple settings parents and carers should consult Manor Farm staff prior to booking.
- Parents and carers must not congregate at drop off and pick up and will not be admitted inside but will be asked to leave their children with staff at the front gate and collect them at the gate at the end of the day.
- We ask only one parent or carer at a time to drop off and collect children.
- If parents need to speak with staff they will be given a designated appointment and social distancing will be observed.
- Parents and carers are asked to familiarize themselves with government guidance on travelling to settings, https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers
- We will encourage children to socially distance and play fun games to help remind them how to stay safe, connect and communicate with their friends from an appropriate distance. We will continue to utilize Ebug resources.
- We will ask parents to support us by educating their children with good hygiene and distancing practice at home.
- We will ask any visitors, staff and children with symptoms to please stay at home and isolate for 7 days, family and household members should isolate for 14 days. Symptoms may include a persistent cough, temperature and loss of smell and taste. We will also ask anyone of any age with symptoms to apply for a COVID test and to inform us of the outcome. Please contact us for assistance if you do not know how to apply for a test.
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO GET IN TOUCH IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR WOULD LIKE A CHAT.
PLEASE VIEW OUR COVID RISK ASSESSMENT HERE.