COVID-19 Holiday Camp FAQs

Can my child be in the same bubble as their friends?

Unfortunately, we are unable to guarantee that children will be grouped with their friends, due to the restrictions in place around bubbles. However, if you provide us with as much notice as you can via email to enquiries@pioneerchildcare.co.uk, wherever possible, we will do our best to accommodate this.

Will social distancing measures be in place during camp?

Yes – we will follow guidance published by the DfE with regards to social distancing in childcare settings.  This guidance is designed to ensure that social distancing is adhered to as effectively as is practicably possible with groups of children aged between 4 and 11.

  • Using outdoor space wherever possible
  • Ensuring frequent hand cleaning and good respiratory hygiene practices
  • Regular cleaning of settings
  • Minimising contact and mixing
  • Reducing capacities where required, to ensure adequate space is available
  • Avoiding contact with anyone with symptoms

Further information is available in the DfE publication: “Protective measures for holiday, and other out of school settings during the coronavirus outbreak – 20 August 2020

How will you maintain Health and Hygiene during camp?

We will follow guidance published by the DfE with regards to Health and Hygiene in childcare settings, which advises measures including (but not limited to):

  • Ensuring frequent hand cleaning
  • Promoting good respiratory hygiene practices
  • Regularly cleaning frequently touched surfaces, such as: door handles, handrails, tabletops, play equipment, toys and electronic devices (such as phones)
  • Using detergents and bleach when cleaning surfaces, as these will be very effective in getting rid of the virus
  • Ensuring appropriate use of PPE when undertaking personal care or dealing with a child or team member who is showing symptoms

Further information is available in the DfE publication: “Protective measures for holiday, and other out of school settings during the coronavirus outbreak – 20 August 2020

What cleaning measures will be in place?

We will be working closely with the schools to ensure that there is regular cleaning throughout the day with additional deep cleans at the end of each week.  Staff will also follow our Cleaning Risk Assessment which has been written with the schools and follows current guidance.

How will you ensure the children wash their hands regularly?

Handwashing will be regularly built into the day; children will be expected to wash their hands:

  • Before leaving home
  • On arrival at camp
  • After using the toilet
  • After breaks, play and sporting activities
  • Before eating any food

We will talk to the children during Daily Housekeeping to remind them of the importance of hand washing as well the most effective techniques to use.

Will staff wear PPE?

No – current guidance advises that our staff do not need to wear PPE unless they are dealing with a child or team member who is showing symptoms or undertaking personal care.

Will my child have to wear a face covering?

No – current guidance advises that there is no requirement for your child to wear a face covering while in our care.

Are meals included?

No, please send your child in with their lunch. Children will also need a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack, i.e a piece of fruit. <strong>Please do not send your child in with any form of nuts i.e peanut butter.

What activities will my child be able to do?

We plan to provide an exciting and fun range of indoor and outdoor activities, including arts & crafts, sport, group games and team challenges.  Wherever possible these activities will be delivered outdoors, as we know this reduces the risk of transmission.

What happens if it rains?

Our aim is to be outdoors as much as we possibly can.  If we need to be indoors due to bad weather, we will ensure that any rooms used are well ventilated and give the children reminders about social distancing.

What can my child bring to camp?

We ask that children keep belongings to a minimum, in line with school. Coat, bag, lunchbox and water bottle.

All items need to be packed into one named bag.  It is important that we reduce how many items are brought to camp as this will help us to minimise the risk of transmission.

What happens if my child becomes unwell?

If your child becomes unwell, they will be moved to an area away from the other children and you will be asked to collect them as quickly as possible.  A member of staff will remain with your child and support them until you arrive.  If your child is displaying COVID-19 symptoms, they will need to self-isolate along with any other members of your household in line with the current government guidance.  We would ask you to inform us of the test result, should one be carried out.

What happens if a child or staff member test positive for COVID-19?

We will:

  • Ensure that parents/carers of other children within the setting are advised and told to self-isolate for 14 days. There is no requirement for other household members of that wider group to self-isolate unless the child or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.
  • As part of the national test and trace programme, if other cases are detected within the cohort or in the wider setting, Public Health England’s local health protection teams will conduct a rapid investigation and will advise on the most appropriate action to take. In some cases, a larger number of other children may be asked to self-isolate at home as a precautionary measure.
  • We will ensure parents/carers and staff are kept informed of any decisions following advice from Public Health England’s local health protection teams.
Do you have a Covid-19 policy?

Yes – Please follow this link to view our covid-19 policy.

We will also ensure that copies of this policy are onsite at all of our settings.