Covid 19 Risk Assessment

Hazard/issue/risk Who is at risk? Control measures to ensure risk is lowered
1) Attendance of staff and children Children, staff & families
  • Children in age groups. Not mixing with other age groups.
  • Consistent staff
  • Consistent cover staff
  • Staff to monitor children for signs and symptoms
  • Any one showing symptoms will be sent-home and referred for a test. They will then isolate in line with government guidance. If a negative result comes back then they can return to work/nursery. Siblings would also be asked to isolate.
  • We inform local health team of suspected cases.
  • Any vulnerable children have been risk assessed separately.
  • Latest advice and guidance shared via email and social media.
  • Parents asked to inform us if anyone in the household is showing symptoms.
  • Parents asked to inform us of the results of any test
  • Staff and children to wash hands when entering and leaving the nursery
  • Staff will collect children from the front door. Parents are asked to wait on the 2-meter apart spots.
  • We have asked 1 parents to drop off and to not have siblings where possible
  • We ask that only the designated door be used for dropping and collecting
  • Any parents gathering at the entrance after drop off will be reminded about social distancing
  • Buggies/scooters and car seats not to be left inside the nursery – they can be left in our external buggy store if essential. Please keep away from other buggies etc
  • Any deliveries are taken at the front door. Delivery drivers do not have access to the building
  • Any handy man work will be carried out when the children are not present or a facemask will be worn.
  • We are signed up to receive updates from DfE
  • Vulnerable children and staff have been advised they can attend the setting - separate risk assessment will be done if necessary.
  • Pregnant staff are allowed to attend the nursery. They are advised to do extra hand washing
  • Staff do twice weekly Lateral Flow tests. This is testing for staff who are asymptomatic. This will be done from 22nd March until further notice. Staff who get a positive result will book a PCR test.
2) Protecting vulnerable children and staff Children, staff & families
  • Any pregnant staff have been asked to shield. They can return to work as long as they feel comfortable in doing so. Consult midwife.
  • Separate risk assessment will be done for vulnerable children or staff attending
  • If anyone lives with someone who is vulnerable people can still attend the nursery as long as hygiene controls are adhered to.
  • We ask that parents inform us of any issue around venerability.
  • If a child is showing symptoms then any siblings would also be sent home.
  • Staff to notify owners of a any holidays booked. The destination will then be cheked against the latest advice and the correct procedure followed.
3) Physical distancing and grouping (social distancing) Children, staff & families
  • Staff to collect children from the front door.
  • Parents asked to wait at drop off and collection outside the nursery using the 2-meter waiting spots.
  • Adult – child ratios will be maintained
  • Prospective parents visiting the nursery will be asked to wear a facemask and use hand sanitizer on arrival and departure. A separate risk assessment has been done and is shared with prospective parents.
  • Virtual tours available on our website
  • All outings / special events are cancelled for 2020. Outdoor visits now permitted with additional precautions.Indoor visits & visitors will be revewed Sept 21
  • Special events such as parent BBQ and school leavers party are cancelled
  • Sleep rooms are set out with cots and sleep mats 2-meters apart
  • The classrooms are well ventilated. In colder weather we will ensure that the heating is turned on. Higher windows will be opened to create ventilation without a draught. Parents are reminded to provide suitable clothing for indoors and out.
  • Tables for activities and meal / snack times are placed 2-meters apart
  • Numbers of children in the bathroom are limited
  • Open plan, large classrooms
  • Vulnerable children will be risk assessed separately
  • The staffing will be consistent where possible
  • There is thorough cleaning carried out on all the playrooms, bathrooms and communal areas after each session
  • The outdoor environment is used as much as possible 
4) Health & hygiene Children, staff & families
  • Staff have all completed the World Health Organisation course ‘Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) for Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19)
  • All children, staff and adults entering the setting will wash hands thoroughly and/or use hand sanitizer. 
  • Hand washing facilities are available. Where a sink is not nearby we have provided hand sanitizer
  • All adults and children clean hands on arrival and leaving, after using the toilet, before and after eating and after coughing or sneezing. Practitioners will support the children to wash their hands correctly.
  • Staff have completed a short course ‘Promoting & Supporting Hand Washing In Your Setting’
  • Tissue wiping stations are available for the children – practitioners will support with this
  • We have hand sanitizer available outside the building so that hands can be cleaned before touching door bell or handles
  • We promote good hygiene in the children. 
  • We display ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ posters.
  • We display posters indicating how to wash hands properly.
  • Children are reminded not to touch their faces, eyes or noses.
  • Lidded bins for tissues which are emptied regularly throughout the day
  • Paper towels used in bathrooms – emptied regularly
  • Classrooms are well-ventilated with windows open and doors open where safe.
  • Toys and resources regularly sterilised
  • No soft toys available
  • Limited soft furnishings – washed on high temp regularly
  • A variety of PPE is available for the staff to use.
  • Children are supported with personal hygiene through songs, games and age appropriate activities
  • Staff have completed training in 'Supporting and Promoting Hand Washing in Your Setting'
  • Masks that have become damp must be removed and changed.
  • Staff t wear a mask if covering in a different room, when doing visits and when social distansing cannot be maintained.
5) Cleaning Children, staff & families
  • We have conducted re-opening cleans and Health & Safety checks prior to re-opening
  • Any toys, resources or surfaces used will be cleaned and sterelised regularly. We have ample cleaning and disinfecting supplies.
  • Toys and resources are cleaned and sterelised between unconnected groups. This includes the garden.
  • Door handles, handrails, cupboard and drawer handles and doorbell are cleaned regularly
  • Sharing of toys and resources between groups is reduced as much as possible or cleaned between use.
  • Malleable materials will be used but children wash hands after use and malleable material thrown away. Any malleable activity will be closely supervised to ensure safety
  • No home toys will not be allowed. Comforters will be allowed but the use will be managed by staff to ensure no cross contamination
  • Bedding is not shared by children. Bedding is washed weekly.
  • No soft toys to be in use and limited soft furnishings. Any soft furnishings used will be washed on a high temp regularly
  • Hands are washed on arrival, after messy activities, before and after eating and after the toilet. They will then be done when children are leaving.
  • Frequent cleaning of communal areas snf sreas shared with other age groups.
6) PPE & cleaning supplies Children, staff & families
  • A variety of face masks and shields have been provided for staff who want to wear them.
  • Aprons and gloves are also provided
  • We keep an eye on stocks of both PPE and cleaning supplies to ensure we don’t run low
  • Essential Hygiene, a local firm is fully stocked.
  • We have a contactless forehead thermometer 
7) Managing sickness at the setting Children, staff & families
  • If an adult gets symptoms while at work they would immediately be sent home and referred for a Corona Virus test. 
  • If an adult calls in sick with symptoms then they will be referred for a test.
  • If a child or adult is sent home with symptoms then they will be asked to get a test. 
  • If a test cannot be obtained they can return to nursery after 10 days of isolation providing they have not had symptoms in the meantime.
  • If a staff member gets a positive test result then we would follow advice from Public Health England
  • Following a positive test that staff member / child would be asked to isolate for 14 days. Children / staff in that class would also be asked to isolate for 14 days.
  • If a child gets symptoms while in the nursery we will follow the following procedure
  • The child will be moved, with a member of staff to a designated safe zone. The safe zone is in the hallway/ reception area which can be easily cleaned and sterilised afterwards.
  • The parent would be called and asked to come and collect the child as quickly as possible.
  • The adult who is with the child will wear a face mask or shield as well as an apron and gloves
  • Additional cleaning and sterilising would take place in the nursery and garden after anyone displayed symptoms or called in with symptoms. We follow the cleaning advice as laid out by government.
  • If a child tests positive for Covid 19 then the other children in that group would be asked to self-isolate for 10 days. We would be guided by the local health team
  • The confidentiality policy will be followed at all times.
  • The illness & emergency policy has been reviewed to include the procedure to follow.
  • We report any child sent home with any symptoms.
  • We follow any advice given.
  • You will not be asked to provide proof of a test.
  • If your child has had a recent vaccine we will monitor any high temperature, as we understad that these things do have an impact on children's temps.
  • Public health have clarified that a high fever is NOT a symptom of teething.
8) Nappy changing and intimate care Children & staff
  • PPE will always be worn (as usual) while nappy changing, intimate care, first aid, administering medicine or cleaning up bodily fluids. This is gloves and an apron. Face masks and shields are also available.
  • We follow the nappy changing risk assessment to ensure safeguarding for all.
9) Staff areas Staff
  • Staff rooms and offices have been cleaned and are clutter free.
  • Rotas are in place for accessing the staff room for breaks 
  • The office computer, key board, mouse and phones are cleaned between each shift and at the end of the day with anti-bacterial cleaner
  • Tablets are cleaned between each use
10) Staff well-being Children & staff
  • Staff have been made aware of the measures in place and have had access to the risk assessment. 
  • Each time the risk assessment is changed the staff are sent a revised copy
  • Staff have had a back to work review which included reading key policies and taking part in a staff supervision. 
  • Staff have been told to raise anything that gives them cause for concerns, worry or anxiety
  • Staff have been able to access WHO course Infection Prevention & Control
  • All staff now back at work.
  • We regularly update our social media pages
  • A separate risk assessment would be done to support any vulnerable staff
  • The owner has recently completed the course ‘Supporting the Well-Being of the Childcare Workforce’
  • Staff undertaking qualifications have been supported by their assessor and via email from the manager. Managers are continuing to support this with regular contact with tutors and action planning to ensure the learners are up to date.
  • A well-being survey will be completed in the autumn term.
11) Children's well-being Children & staff
  • We are concentrating on the settling of new children and the re-settling of children who were with us before the pandemic. 
  • We are concentrating on the Personal, Social & Emotional development of the children.
  • Families have been updated weekly via email 
  • Families have also been updated via Facebook
  • School transfer information will be sent to support children’s transfer to school
  • Parents have been sharing photos via Tapestry – these have been answered and added to journals during lockdown
  • Virtual tour available on our website
  • Staff will respond appropriately to any needs communicated by parents, confusion, any experiences of loss, anxiety about returning etc.
  • All SEND support plans will be reviewed with parent and updated within the first few weeks of children returning
  • All behavior plans will be reviewed with parent and updated in the first few weeks of the children returning
  • Use of visual timetable to support children with the routine of nursery
  • A parent survey has been completed and outcomes emailed. This will be repeated in the autumn term
12) Keeping up to date of changes Children, staff & families
  • Managers and senior staff will keep up to date with daily information and make changes to policy and risk assessment where necessary. These changes will always be shared via email with staff & parents
  • Email is the agreed method of communication for parents & staff
  • All staff have updated contact, DBS and Health Declaration details in a ‘return to work review’
  • Signed up for alerts from DfE and Ofsted
  • This risk assessment will be reviewed and updated regularly
13) Reduced staffing Children, staff & families
  • We will maintain normal ratios as set up in the Early Years Foundation Stage. We will not be operating at relaxed ratios.
  • All staff have completed First Aid, Food Hygiene and Safeguarding training in the last 3 years.
  • All staff must notify a manager as soon as possible if they or member of their household are displaying symptoms
  • Staff must tell employers the outcome of any Covid 19 test.
  • Bank staff in place to cover sickness or staff shortages – we try, where possible, to keep this cover consistent
14) Catering staff Children, staff & families
  • Hot lunches will be provided for all branches from 1st September.
  • A separate kitchen & food delivery risk assessment has been completed
  • Healthy snacks will be provided
  • Children will wash hands before and after eating.
  • Tables, chairs and floors are cleaned before and after eating
  • Catering staff are included in the Lateral flow testing
15) Fire alarms and other evacuations Children, staff & families
  • Fire drills to be carried out in the first few weeks as staff and children return.
  • Fire exits to be kept clear
  • The assembly point will remain the same however, staff will support the children in maintaining social distancing
  • Fire door handles will be cleaned & sterilized after use
  • Staff will be informed of any changes to fire procedure or auto lock down
  • annual PAT test has taken place
  • 5-yearly fuse box test has taken place
  • Annual fire extinguisher tests have taken place
  • Staff will be informed of any changes to fire drill  / auto lock down procedures.
16) Prevention of Legionella Children & staff
  • The water has been used regularly since closing the nursery
  • The taps were all run as part of our re-opening clean
17) Visitors to the setting Children & staff
  • Professionals are allowed to visit if there is a need. 
  • Professional visits to be socially distant. 
  • These visits will take place in the garden where possibl
  • Assessors will be visiting again from 19th April - they are being tested twice weekly and will wear facemasks.
18) Activities Children and staff

- Malleable materials such as play dough can be used. They are changed between uses.

Malleable materials will be accessed by a group of 15 or fewer. Then they will be replaced.

Spilt sand to be thrown away

Water play encouraged