Summer 2020 FAQs
Are you providing childcare during the summer holidays?
Yes – we will be providing childcare at the following sites, on the following dates:
|Albemarle Centre, Oathall School||Haywards Heath||Monday 20th July – Friday 28th August|
|Harlands Primary Academy||Haywards Heath||Monday 27th July – Friday 28th August|
|St Wilfrid’s Catholic Primary School||Burgess Hill||Monday 27th July – Friday 28th August|
|Balfour Primary School||Brighton||Monday 27th July – Friday 28th August|
|Glebe Primary School||Brighton (Southwick)||Monday 27th July – Friday 28th August|
|Stanford Junior School||Brighton||Monday 27th July – Friday 28th August|
Will social distancing measures be in place during the summer?
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. It is the same guidance that is currently being followed by schools, and advises measures including (but not limited to):
- 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: “Current guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings.”
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. It is the same guidance that is currently being followed by schools, and 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: “Current guidance in Safe Working in education, childcare & children’s social care settings, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).”
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 the setting
- 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 handwashing 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.
Why are you unable to provide snacks and hot food?
Providing breakfast, lunch, dinner and/or snacks requires additional staff as well as extending the maximum length of the day. In order to help minimise the risk of transmission, we have taken the decision to keeping the number of staff on site as low as possible and to run a shorter day.
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.
My child is due to start school in September, can they attend?
No – only children already attending primary school are able to attend our childcare this Summer. This decision has been taken in order to reduce the possible requirement for assisted toileting or personal care, as well as to reduce the number of children on site – thus decreasing the risk of transmission.
My child is currently in Year 6, can they attend?
Yes – if your child is currently in year 6, and will be moving up to secondary school in September, we would love to see them on camp.
My child is currently at Secondary School, can they attend?
No – only children currently attending primary school are able to attend our childcare this Summer.
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 if my child needs sun cream applied?
We would ask parents to apply sun cream before their child attends camp. Parents will need to provide their child with sun cream and a hat in the event of hot weather. If a child needs to have sun cream re-applied during the day, we will encourage them to do this for independently. We will of course supervise them to ensure they haven’t missed anywhere!
What can my child bring to camp?
We ask that children do not bring any belongings with them other than their food for the day (lunch and any snacks), a water bottle, a hat, suncream and a waterproof jacket. 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?
- 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?
We will also ensure that copies of this policy are onsite at all of our camps.