Wyndham Park Nursery School take the safety of their children, staff and families extremely seriously. We would ask that all families and visitors read through the guidance and ensure they follow it for the safety of everyone.
Coronavirus in children
Children can get coronavirus (COVID-19), but they seem to get it less often than adults and it's usually less serious.
Symptoms of coronavirus in children
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
What to do if your child has symptoms
If your child has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:
- Get a test to check if they have coronavirus as soon as possible.
- Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get the test result – only leave your home to have a test.
Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get the result.
Get advice from NHS 111 if you're worried about your child or not sure what to do.
- For children aged 5 or over – use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service.
- For children under 5 – call 111.
What to do if your child seems very unwell
Children and babies will still get illnesses that can make them very unwell quickly. It's important to get medical help if you need it.
Urgent advice:Call 111 or your GP surgery if your child:
- is under 3 months old and has a temperature of 38C or higher, or you think they have a fever
- is 3 to 6 months old and has a temperature of 39C or higher, or you think they have a fever
- has other signs of illness, such as a rash, as well as a high temperature (fever)
- has a high temperature that's lasted for 5 days or more
- does not want to eat, or is not their usual self and you're worried
- has a high temperature that does not come down with paracetamol
- is dehydrated – for example, nappies are not very wet, sunken eyes, and no tears when they're crying
Immediate action required:Call 999 if your child:
- has a stiff neck
- has a rash that does not fade when you press a glass against it (use the "glass test" from Meningitis Now)
- is bothered by light
- has a seizure or fit for the first time (they cannot stop shaking)
- has unusually cold hands and feet
- has pale, blotchy, blue or grey skin
- has a weak, high-pitched cry that's not like their usual cry
- is drowsy and hard to wake
- is extremely agitated (does not stop crying) or is confused
- finds it hard to breathe and sucks their stomach in under their ribs
- has a soft spot on their head that curves outwards
- is not responding like they usually do, or not interested in feeding or usual activities
In line with COVID-19 regulations for the wider reopening of schools we have conducted a thorough risk assessment which has been approved by Governors and shared will all staff. Our risk assessment has informed us that we are able to manage the risk of COVID-19 by:
-Enhanced hygiene measure including extra cleaning of resources and touch points
-Regular hand washing and sanitising
-Limiting visitors and contractors on site where ever possible
- Keeping children from different year groups separated and minimising staff movement between year group bubbles
-Ensuring there is adequate ventilation by keeping windows open and wherever possible utilising outdoor spaces
-Ensuring each year group have their own drop off and collection point and where possible one-way systems are in place
-Children’s snack is supervised by an adult rather than children helping themselves to limit cross contamination
-Minimising the risk of contamination from home by asking children to bring disposable lunch bags, leave spare clothes at nursery all week and to not bring toys and books from home.
-Any child or member of staff showing any of the symptoms of Covid-19 (A new continuous cough, A high temperature or; A loss of or change in their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)) will be asked to isolate at home for 10 days (other members of the household will be advised to isolate for 14 days) or until a negative test result is received.
If you would like a copy of our full risk assessment please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring on 01476 563966