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Coronavirus Policy updated- January

To all service users of Rabbit Patch Day Nursery


This policy applies to all employees and services and any other person wishing to gain reasonable access to the setting (this list is not exhaustive of all users defined.)

Purpose of the Policy

To protect all employee’s and service users of Rabbit Patch Day Nursery, including parents and children, from encountering coronavirus (Covid-19)

To maintain the minimum level of staff needed to continue to provide early years education service and to meet the welfare and care needs of the children who attend the setting.

To ensure the prevention of the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19) remains at a minimum risk.

Nursery Closure

At anytime that it is felt necessary to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19) and to ensure the health and safety welfare of all employee’s, children, parents and service users, Rabbit Patch will continually monitor the risk factor of keeping the setting open as a viable option, and may so at any time, revert to a closed status, with no children permitted on site, to a partially closed status, where setting places may well be limited to, but not excluding, vulnerability, age, need of care, critical key worker status of parents, special educational needs (SEND), children whom have an EHCP plan in place, children in care, children who have a social worker allocated to them already.


Rabbit Patch is closely monitoring and gathering information from the department of Health England, The Department of Education, our Local Authority (West Sussex and Horsham) and any and all guidelines delivered and updated through official government sources. This to ensure that we have the most up to date information and workplace practices that concern the spread and containment of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

This includes all training and delivery methods to all employees, Directors and any other third party associated with the running of Rabbit Patch.

Rabbit Patch reserves the right to make all changes to this document to uphold guidance of safe working practises and delivery methods for the early years education sector.


Upon arrival all employees must wash and sanitise their hands using the facilities provided. This is also applicable for when staff leave and return for example after a break.
Employees are advised not to congregate in the hallways of the building or socialise in communal areas. To aid this we have bubbled staff in their rooms and are scheduling breaks without mixing room staff.
Employees have been provided with face masks for use when taking children unable to walk for parents or carers and on handovers.
Employees are always advised to practice strict hygiene and cleanliness procedures.
Employees must wash their hands at regular intervals for a minimum of 20 seconds using soap and warm water.
Employees are advised to cough or sneeze into their elbow when a tissue or other vessel cannot be reached in time and are then to always wash their hands.
Employees are advised to avoid contact with others, such as handshakes and are to maintain a social distance of 2 meters (6ft). This has been adjusted to 1m + but we still advise 2m where possible.
Employees are to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and face whilst on the premises and whilst children are in their care.
Employees must wash all their uniform before entering the premises, for their next shift. This must include the cleaning of all appropriate footwear.
At the end of each day, all employees must clean and sanitise all surfaces, toys, toileting areas, outdoor areas, and equipment, ready for the following days usage, this includes all outside toys to be stored away in secure storage containers at the end of each working day and before weekend/ holiday period closures or closures for health and safety measures.
Only disposable towels, provided by Rabbit Patch, will be permitted for use whilst on the premises.
All staff will have minimum contact with children and staff from different rooms, other than the one they are designated to.

Hygiene during the day

Children will be actively encouraged to wash their hands after every activity or after playing in a specific area. We will use water and hand soap for this with a minimum wash time of 20 seconds per child, demonstrating good modelling behaviours for the children to see best practice when doing this. After an activity/ toy playing session has ended, all equipment / toys shall be cleaned after every use.
If upon arrival, your child is displaying a temperature of 37.8 degrees, has a new cough, looks generally unwell or is displaying any other signs associated with coronavirus (Covid-19) then your child will be excluded for a period of 10 days for self-isolation following the department of Health England and the governments guidelines at present. You will be asked to get your child a coronavirus test and given date of when your child can attend again. Your child must not attend the setting before the date has expired. This will then help to control the spread of the virus within our setting. Should your child get tested during this time period, and a negative test comes back before the expiration of the allotted time, then providing you consent to give a copy of this for insurance purposes, your child may then attend sooner.
Should you or an adult present with symptoms within your household, then you have a duty of care, to inform the setting at your first available opportunity and without unreasonable delay. Should you fail to do this, your place within the setting maybe terminated without notice.
Due to the current situation, we have suspended self-service at mealtimes, with meals being brought to the children already plated.
The Office will be cleaned during and at the end of every day.
At snack, nappy changes / toileting help and any other close contact with the children, staff will be required to wear the appropriate PPE equipment.
All employees will have a designated area to hang belongings, along with a lockable area for high value goods such as purses, phones etc. Staff leave all belongings at their own risk whilst on the premises and Rabbit Patch Day Nursery accept no liability for loss or damage currently.
Staff are only permitted to bring one small bag, if necessary and a coat. No other items from home shall be permitted in the setting during this time.
Both the kitchen and toileting / nappy changing areas will be regularly cleaned and sanitised during the day by all employees.
No buggies, scooters, bikes, or any other items are to be left at the setting at any time. Unless here prior to lockdown.
Please be aware that your children will meet both staff members and other children attending the setting during the session times. Although every measure will be taken to ensure that your child has minimal contact with others, children of the early years age group will inevitably want to hug and touch others through play or when needing comfort. Therefore, it is vital that not only we will adhere to best practise hygiene policies throughout the day, but that parents can also support this by changing their children into different clothing when they return home and placing that days clothing in the wash. If your child needs comfort, our staff will comfort them and will do their absolute best to make sure that all their social, emotional and wellbeing is met whilst in attendance at Rabbit Patch.

Hygiene on Arrival

All parent’s, children, third party associates and service users must adhere to the floor markings when entering our site and must not cross over these markings until instructed to do so by a member of the staff team. Parents will also be asked to wait in their car if they see the drop off area is busy for social distancing to be maintained. Only the parent(s) of the child may collect the child and one other, in case of work commitments/emergencies. This will reduce the social contact to help keep the welfare and safety of our staff a top priority.
Parents are asked to wash their child’s hands using the basin and soap provided at the entrance before their child enters the building.
All parents, children, third party associates and service users, must use our one-way system when entering the drop off area, when dropping off and collecting children.
Parents are not permitted to bring in any items from home, this also includes toys. If you require an urgent need for specific item which is conducive to your child attending the setting, then this must be discussed with the settings manager and agreed upon before an item comes onto the premises. All clothing that the children attend in must have been washed prior to the day of arrival.
Your child should attend every day with the minimum requirement for the weather forecast for that day only. This could be, but not exhaustive list of, weather sensible footwear, a coat, jumper/cardigan/t-shirt, pants, skirt, or shorts.

Practices to be followed

Parents/ or designated carer’s must only attend the setting at their set drop off and pick-up time. If arriving at a different time, please allow time to wait for other parents to leave.
All parents must remain on the social distancing stickers until called forward by a member of staff to collect their child.
If your child comes home in spare clothing from the setting. Please can you ensure that this is washed and returned to setting upon your child’s next attended session.
Once your child has been collected, please leave the premises be following the route laid out in front of you. Please do not remain outside of the building for any other reason.
If you require to talk to the staff regarding your child’s attendance, a telephone consultation will be arranged for you.
If you are required to sign an accident/ incident form from an occurrence that may have happened that day, a staff member will bring you the relevant form when you collect your child.
Considering the recent introduction to Tier 4 and the new government guidance on Covid-19, we understand that this may affect some of our employees.

Where we do not condone travel to a Tier 4 location or the breach of government guidance, we understand that these are unprecedented times and decisions will be made by the person responsible.

Time off for travel in relation to support bubbles must be agreed by management, dependent on the needs of the business, and the following guidelines must be adhered to before returning to work.

Guidelines set out by the nursery

An isolation period of 10 days, from the moment you make contact with your support bubble or enter a Tier 4 location must be completed before returning to work.

We may ask you to take unpaid leave or use holiday entitlement for the year of 2021, but this will all be discussed during a conversation with the management team.

We ask for your complete honesty regarding this situation, should you be travelling to create a support bubble or entering a Tier 4 location. This is to protect your work colleagues, the vulnerable people within your workplace and the children, parents and carers who use our setting.

We ask that you do not discuss the actions you decide to take within the team as we are all aware this is an extremely sensitive subject and want to prevent any upset within the work environment.

Everyone’s situation is different, and we will try to be as accommodating as we can.


Furlough is based upon business needs and management will decide and inform upon this.

Considering the recent announcement on 04/01/2021 the Nursery is open to all children and will remain this way until instructed otherwise by government guidance.

Updated January 2021

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