Coronavirus updates

Updates and frequently asked questions for parents and carers

Early Years Room Status

Last updated Wednesday 10 February

Room updates
Room NameRoom StatusFurther InformationRoom Senior
 Butterfly  Open  
 Julie Lade
 Sunshine  Open    Jennifer Simmonds
 Rainbow  Open    Amy Hylands
 Meadow  Open    Agatha Zielinska
 Sunflower  Open    Csilla Forrai
 Bluebell  Open    Magda Pytel and Sandra Turner
 Marine  Open
   Anjali Sawhney
 Starlight  Open  
 Rosa Maestre
 
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Keeping you safe

We continue to follow Government Coronavirus Guidance applicable to early years centres. Government policy is to continue providing early years provision to all children, so we remain open. We are following guidance on infection prevention and control within our setting which involves preventing direct transmission and indirect transmission.

Safety measures

Direct transmission

Direct transmission occurs when in close contact with those with those displaying COVID symptoms or asymptomatic cases.
The range of controls we have implemented to prevent direct transmission of the infection include:
  • Asking staff and parents to maintain 2m distance at drop off and pick up time, to minimise the potential transmission between parents and staff
  • The nursery team maintaining 2m social distancing within the setting, including when needing a chat, a longer discussion, when having breaks, etc. We have reconditioned space to make sure there is plenty of space for our staff to be able to maintain social distance while having a break. Our current occupancy levels are much lower than the capacity we have.
  • Having processes in place to ensure that children from different rooms do not mix during the day.
  • Staff are allocated to specific rooms and do not mix between rooms on a given day
  • Staff showing any signs or having an infection, such as common cold,  are being asked to stay at home and take a COVID test.
  • When a child shows signs of COVID, we take them to a separate room where a staff member remains playing with them until they are collected by their parents. At this point, staff will wear clear masks, to protect themselves.
  • All staff taking part in the weekly asymptomatic test programme available at College; a small number of our staff members have been identified as COVID positives in this manner, days before they developed COVID symptoms.
  • Limiting the number of contractors entering the building only to essential maintenance; we take their temperature when they enter, we ensure they wear new gloves and clean face coverings - we also escort them and clean behind them any surfaces they touch.

Indirect transmission

Indirect transmission occurs when touching contaminated surfaces, sharing toys, etc.
We have implemented a wide range of controls to reduce indirect transmission of the infection, including:
  • Purchasing electro-static sanitising spray and we sanitise some toys and surfaces in this manner at the end of the day
  • Taking new toys into the nursery rooms each day. The toys are decontaminated at the end of the day; items that are difficult to decontaminate are quarantined for at least 3 days before they are used again.
  • Washing hands regularly is a measure we have always had in place as it is good practice when working with children. The message is reiterated now for obvious reasons. Hand gel sanitiser is also available to all staff members.
  • Asking parents to provide additional spare clothes, so children have separate travel clothes. The same rules apply to our staff.
  • Spraying shoes and coats to ensure we keep our nursery environment virus- free.
  • Having dedicated staff who have been specifically brought in to clean and sanitise communal areas and frequently touched surfaces as bannisters, door handles, light switches, etc.
  • Regularly ventilating the rooms and opening windows for short and frequent periods of time.

There is a College Environmental Team who regularly takes swabs of our commonly used areas. The swabs are then analysed for the presence of SARS-CoV-2. So far, all the samples taken have returned negative results, indicating that our cleaning processes are effective and we are maintaining a COVID- free environment.

COVID-19 Testing sites in London

We have pulled together this research on the London Boroughs COVID-19 testing programmes. Only two London boroughs offer asymptomatic tests to children: Lambeth (3 years and over) and Tower Hamlets (no age restriction).

This list is accurate to the best of our knowledge as of 26 January 2021, however may not reflect recent changes. We advise engaging with the relevant borough directly for the most up to date information.

London Borough COVID-19 Testing
BoroughCommentsBoroughComments
 Barking and Dagenham  No information available  Barnet  Must be over 12 years old
 Bexley  Must be over 11 years old  Brent  Must be over 12 years old
 Bromley  Must be over 18 years old  Camden  Critical workers only
 Croydon  Bookings must be done centrally through the GOV website*  Ealing  Must be over 16 years old
 Enfield  Bookings must be done centrally through the GOV website*  Greenwich  Must be in secondary school or above
 Hackney  No information available  Hammersmith and Fulham  Must be 12 years old or over
 Haringey  Must be over 11 years old  Harrow  Must be over 16 years old
 Havering  Critical workers only  Hillingdon  No information available
 Hounslow  Must be over 18 years old  Islington  Bookings must be done centrally through the GOV website*
Kensington and Chelsea   Must be a critical worker, essential retail worker or tradesperson who enters people’s homes  Kingston upon Thames  Must be a critical worker
 Lambeth  Testing available for children aged 3 and over.  Lewisham  Must be over the age of 11
 Merton  Must be at least 18 years old  Newham  Must be at least 18 years old
 Redbridge  Only available to those who are unable to work from home  Richmond upon Thames  Must be over the age of 16
 Southwark  Must be a critical worker  Sutton  No information available
 Tower Hamlets  No age limit on testing  Waltham Forest  Must be in secondary school
 Wandsworth  Must be over 16 years old  Westminster  No information on age limitations
All test bookings must be done centrally through the GOV website (States that you cannot get a free test if your employer or school has asked you to but you have no symptoms)
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What can you as parents do to help us?

To support our efforts in reducing the risk or transmission:

  • Please ensure that you distance yourselves from other parents at drop off and pick up time and don’t socialise with other families e.g playing in the park together
  • Keep feedback with the team at the end of the day brief and remain distanced as far as possible. If anything requires a longer discussion, this should be arranged via Teams or a phone call.
  • Please sanitise everything you touch or bring in regularly such as comforters, bags and items you bring to Early Years.  

You can read all our COVID policies and risk assessments on our Early Years policies page.

Keep us informed

You must keep us informed as to your child or your own COVID-19 status should you start displaying symptoms or test positive. 

Clarification of close contact procedures
 
Where there is a confirmed case in a room, all members of that room - where you are not displaying symptoms - are considered close contacts and are required to self-isolate for 10 days.
 
Family members of a child identified as a close contact do not need to self-isolate unless their child starts to display symptoms or has a positive test. This means children in different rooms can still attend whilst they are considered close contacts of a close contact. This is in line with government guidance.
 
Maintaining confidentiality
 
We appreciate this is a concerning time for everyone so we ask you to please be mindful of the impact that rumours can have on others do not share anyone else's personal medical information.