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What will my child need to bring in each day?

As part of our revised procedures that support minimising the risk of transfer of infection, we have an updated checklist of what needs to happen each day. Please click here to read the Checklist. Parents are advised that we can only accept children if everything listed on the Checklist is in order. If, for example, a child does not have a water bottle or is wearing open sandals or has not had sun cream applied, then the parent will be asked to go and do what needs to be done and then come back. We realise that this will be inconvenient, however we will be following the processes described in our risk assessment. At all times, our priority is to protect our staff, the children and their parents. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office.

What will happen in the event of a suspected Coronavirus case or outbreak at The Barn? UPDATED 17/9/20

Note: Changes to guidance from the Department for Education on 17th September are not yet reflected in the Early Years Action Card produced the the Joint Biosecuirty Centre. The relevant section from the latest guidance is shown below. 8. Managing confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the setting (Settings) must take swift action when you become aware that someone who has attended your setting has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). You can contact the dedicated advice service by calling the DfE Helpline on 0800 046 8687 and selecting option 1 for advice on the action to take in response to a positive case. You will be put through to a team of advisers who will inform you what action is needed based on the latest public health advice. The advice service will work with settings to carry out a rapid risk assessment to confirm who has been in close contact with the person during the period that they were infectious, and ensure they are asked to self-isolate. If, following triage, further expert advice is required the adviser will escalate your call to the PHE local health protection team.
The advice service (or PHE local health protection team if escalated) will work with settings to guide them through the actions they need to take. Based on their advice, settings should send home those people who have been in close contact with the person who has tested positive, advising them to self-isolate for 14 days since they were last in close contact with that person when they were infectious. Close contact means:

  • direct close contacts - face to face contact with an infected individual for any length of time, within 1 metre, including being coughed on, a face to face conversation, or unprotected physical contact (skin to skin)
  • proximity contacts - extended close contact (within 1-2m for more than 15 minutes) with an infected individual
  • travelling in a small vehicle, like a car, with an infected person
The advice service (or PHE local health protection team if escalated) will provide definitive advice on who must be sent home. A template letter will be provided to settings on the advice of the advice service (or PHE local health protection team if escalated), to send to parents, carers and staff if needed. Settings must not share the names or details of people with coronavirus (COVID-19) unless essential to protect others.
The PHE local health protection team will also contact settings directly if they become aware that someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) attended the setting - as identified by NHS Test and Trace.
Household members of those who are sent home do not need to self-isolate themselves unless the child or staff member who is self-isolating subsequently develops symptoms. If someone in a group that has been asked to self-isolate develops symptoms themselves within their 14-day isolation period, they should follow COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection. They should get a test, and:
  • if someone who is self-isolating because they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) starts to feel unwell and gets a test for coronavirus themselves, and the test delivers a negative result, they must remain in isolation for the remainder of the 14-day isolation period. This is because they could still develop coronavirus (COVID-19) within the remaining days
  • if the test result is positive, they should inform their setting immediately, and should isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms (which could mean the self-isolation ends before or after the original 14-day isolation period). Their household should self-isolate for at least 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms, following COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection.
Settings should not request evidence of negative test results or other medical evidence before admitting children or welcoming them back after a period of self-isolation.

The Barn Nursery School

Wootton St Lawrence



RG23 8PE

 01256 782580