CORONAVIRUS NEWS (updated 08/12/2020)

As communities around the world are struggling with Coronavirus (COVID-19), we wanted to reach out and address concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the steps we’re taking in our setting to continue our focus on keeping everyone healthy.

Our number one priority is the safety of our children, adults and staff. At Hemblington Pre-School our staff and children always follow strict hygiene procedures. We have reinforced these in line with the latest Public Health England guidelines. These include:

  • At our hand-washing stations there is hand wash in the water as well as hand wash for the children to use.

  • Children are encouraged to use tissues and bin them after use. If no tissue available, then to cough/sneeze into the crook of their arm.

  • Equipment is cleaned using hot soapy water/antibacterial spray and Milton sterilising fluid (suitably diluted). We also rotate certain equipment (such as books) so there is time for resources to be left unused for a week between bringing them out again. 

The most common symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

  • If you have any of these symptoms, get a test to check if you have coronavirus and stay at home until you get your result.

If your child, yourself, or any member of your household, have symptoms of Coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 10 days from when the symptoms started. Please contact the Pre-School as soon as you can to let us know if your household is in self-isolation.

If you have mild symptoms, you do not need to call NHS 111 to tell them you are staying at home.

If your symptoms persist past seven days you should contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.

Norfolk County Council Coronavirus advice:

https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/care-support-and-health/health-and-wellbeing/adults-health/coronavirus

 

Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9VjeIWLnEg

 

Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

 

Where to find the latest information:

Updates on COVID-19:

 

 https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Guidance for educational settings:

 

 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19