Equal Opportunities Statement
At Freedom Day Care Nursery and Pre-School, we recognise our responsibilities under the Race Relations Act, The Sex Discriminations Act and the Disability Discrimination Act to eliminate discrimination and promote good relations between children, staff, parents and the local community. The promotion of equal opportunities is the responsibility of the whole nursery and pre-school and must be reflected throughout the organisation. It is addressed through the curriculum and in areas beyond the curriculum.
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Health, safety and wellbeing of the children in our care, their families and our staff, is a priority at Freedom. In specific regard to the recent pandemic, we have opperated our own comprehensive and regularly updated COVID-19 polices, regarding infection control and we will also continue to introduce additional measures in line with the latest guidance from the NHS, Public Health Bodies, and government.
Q. How will you be managing social distancing requirements?At drop off and pick up times, we are asking parents to hand their child to a member of staff at the nursery entrance and remain a 2 metre distance from other parents. We are putting the same measures in place at the end of the day when parents arrive to collect their child. We recognise that social distancing for our nurseries represents a challenge for young children who like close contact with adults and other children and we want to reassure you that we won’t stop hugging children when they need a cuddle or some reassurance.
Q. Will staff be wearing PPE such as masks?Staff will wear PPE when very close contact is required such as at drop of and pick up times, nappy changing and also if a child becomes unwell during the day and needs to go home. Staff can wear PPE throughout the day if they wish to.
Q. Are staff being tested?In line with the current government guidelines staff have access and are encouraged to take 2 tests per week.
Q. What additional cleaning and hygiene processes are you putting in place?Our teams are responsible for regularly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that are frequently touched by children and adults. These include high-risk contact areas such as door handles and doors, toys and children’s resources, phones, keyboards, light switches, taps, toilet flushes, sinks, countertops, handrails and bannisters, shared PCs, including children’s computers/iPads. As well as ensuring that staff and children are cleaning hands more often than usual, we are ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach to any coughs or sneezes. Children will be supported to ensure they wash their hands properly.
Q. What happens if a child or staff member becomes ill during the nursery day?If children or staff develop any symptoms such as a new continuous cough or a high temperature of 37.8°C we will take immediate action. Staff will be asked to return home immediately, self-isolate and take a test. For children we have a dedicated Isolation room where they will be taken and cared for by a member staff who is known to them until a parent can come and collect them.
Q. What if my child is poorly (not COVID-19 related) do they have to stay away?We ask parents to retain their usual vigilance around not sending their child to nursery if unwell, unless it is a very minor illness. Please call us if in any doubt.nursery entrance that neither their child nor anybody in their household is displaying any COVID-19 symptoms such as a new continuous cough or a high temperature of 37.8°C or more.Non-essential visitors are not permitted at the nursery.
If you have any questions regarding any of our Policies, please do email or ring us at any time.
Best wishes, Jules & Kath and the Freedom Team
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