COVID-19 Protocol

Suspected COVD-19:

At Home:

Should a child or staff member show signs of COVID-19 they must follow the Test and Protect guidance, which includes staying at home, self-isolating, and contacting the NHS for advice on testing.

  • If a child has suspected COVID-19 the parent should arrange for the child to get a test.

  • If a staff member has suspected COVID-19 they should self isolate at home and arrange for a test.

At Nursery:

If there has been a suspected case of COVID-19 within the setting, the immediate area occupied by the individual should be cleaned with standard household detergent and disinfectant. This should include any potentially contaminated high contact areas such as door handles, telephone/radio, handrails. Once this has been completed the area can be put back in to use.

The cloths and mop heads used should be placed in a disposable bag and then double bagged, stored for 72 hours before putting out for collection.

When the child/staff member first shows signs of feeling unwell they must notify the Manager / Directors / Supervisors.

  • They will then be removed from the room they are in and will wait in the office where a window will be opened if necessary.

  • If the child/staff member becomes very unwell and you feel it is an emergency, dial 999 for an ambulance and notify them of your concern in regards to COVID-19 so the ambulance crew are aware and protected. Follow all guidance given on the phone.

  • They will be encouraged not to touch any of the surrounding areas and should they need to cough or sneeze a tissue should be used to cover their nose and mouth and disposed of in a bin with a disposable bag.

  • Once they have left the setting the bag should be placed inside another disposable bag and stored for 72 hours before being put out for collection.

  • The children within the room will have been asked to wash their hands and be taken outdoors for outdoor play until the room can be cleaned with standard household detergent and disinfectant.

  • Child – Their family will be contacted and asked to collect the child as soon as possible and will be advised that they have to self isolate following government guidance.

  • Staff – Their next of kin will be contacted and asked to collect the staff member. If this is not possible a suitable way for the staff member to travel home will be discussed. If there is no means of private travel and public transport is taken they must follow the Scottish Guidelines in place for face masks to be worn at all times. These can be supplied by nursery if necessary.

  • If a child is being collected by an ambulance and the family does not arrive before the ambulance needs to leave, the Manager will escort the child to the hospital until the family can meet you there.

  • Staff should follow the link to arrange for a test, within five days of the symptoms starting via the link or, if they can’t get online, call 0800 028 2816 and only leave home for the appointment. Wait until the results are returned and follow NHS guidelines.

  • If a staff member is sent home with suspected COVID-19 they should arrange to get a test.

  • If a child is sent home with suspected COVID-19 the parent should arrange for the child to get a test.

  • Once a negative result has been given, the member of staff and children may return to nursery when they are back to full health.

Once a possible case has left the setting, the immediate area occupied by the individual should be cleaned with standard household detergent and disinfectant. This should include any potentially contaminated high contact areas such as door handles, telephone/radio, handrails. Once this has been completed the area can be put back in to use.

The cloths and mop heads used should be placed in a disposable bag and then double bagged, stored for 72 hours before putting out for collection.

If there are two or more cases the Health Protection Team must be notified and their guidance followed. Call them on 01224 558 520 during office hours, or 0345 456 6000 out of hours and ask for Public Health on Call.

The Care inspectorate must be notified of any staff member/user with suspected COVID-19 and self-isolating, via the eforms page.

Confirmed COVID-19:

If a staff member is tested and has a confirmed case of COVID-19 they should self isolate at home for a minimum of 7 days or longer if necessary, until symptoms have gone. If they live with others they must self isolate for 14 days. They must notify the nursery.

If a child has a confirmed case of COVID-19 they must self isolate for 14 days and notify nursery.

If there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 the immediate area occupied by the individual should be cleaned with standard household detergent and disinfectant. This should include any potentially contaminated high contact areas such as door handles, telephone/radio, handrails, all equipment, resources, tables, and chairs. Once this has been completed the area can be put back in to use.

The cloths and mop heads used should be placed in a disposable bag and then double bagged, stored for 72 hours before putting out for collection.

If there are two or more cases the Health Protection Team must be notified and their guidance followed. Call them on 01224 558 520 during office hours, or 0345 456 6000 out of hours and ask for Public Health on Call.

The Care inspectorate must be notified by Little Dreams Nursery of any staff member/user confirmed with COVID-19 and self-isolating, via the eforms page.

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