Covid -19 Prevention

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1) Please do not attend our groups if you or anyone in your household  have coronavirus symptoms. 

2) While at our groups please clean your hands and your child's hands more often than usual - wash hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with running water and soap and dry them thoroughly or use alcohol hand rub or sanitiser ensuring that all parts of the hands are covered.

We have added three washing  stations outside  with clean running water.

3) Please demonstrate good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.

4) We will be cleaning frequently touched surfaces more often than usual.

5) Please keep a social distance from people in other households. 

6) Please wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) inside The Hermitage Centre. We have supplied a box of free facemasks in the foyer.

7) Little Forest School-Please sign the register each week and use the QR code if you have the NHS App.

8) We will be limiting our group sizes in line with government guidance.

9) Staff will be self-testing for COVID-19  twice a week.

10) At Little Forest School we will be taking block booking to keep groups as consistent as possible. We will no longer take one off bookings at Little Forest School. During the COVID-19 period we will not be accepting half day bookings at our Holiday Club sessions to minimise mixing of groups.

We will continue to monitor the increases in local cases and increases/outbreaks of positive cases at our setting. With this in mind we may then increase controls such as reducing group sizes, staggering pick up, asking all adults to wear facemasks inside and around the building, and increase frequency of cleaning rotas. 

Inside Out risk assessment for re-opening over the Covid-19 period.

Reviewed and updated 23rd March 2021.

Government updates Action for Early Years guidance

The Department for Education has updated the Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak guidance in light of the discovery of a new variant of Covid-19, known as the Omicron variant.

The main changes are:

Self-isolation rules: The updated Actions guidance states that: "All individuals who have been identified as a close contact of a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, irrespective of vaccination status and age, will be contacted directly and required to self-isolate immediately and will be asked to book a PCR test." It adds that these close contacts "will be informed by the local health protection team or NHS Test and Trace if they fall into this category".

The self-isolation rules for all other close contacts (i.e. of Covid cases that have not been identified as the Omicron variant) remain unchanged.

Face coverings: The government is now recommending that "face coverings should be worn when moving around the premises, outside of classrooms, such as in corridors and communal areas" as a "temporary measure". This recommendation applies to "staff and visitors, including children aged 11 or above on 31 August 2021". Face covering do not need to be worn outdoors.

There is also new guidance on:

  • Circumstances where people may not be able to wear face coverings

  • Access to face coverings (including the recommendation to have a small contingency supply)

  • The safe wearing and removal of face coverings


International travel: The updated guidance states that: "All travellers arriving into the UK should isolate and get a PCR test by ‘day two’ after arrival – this will be legally required from 30 November." It adds that travellers "may end their isolation once they receive a negative result. If the result is positive, they should continue to isolate and follow rules on isolation following a positive test".