LIGHTHOUSE CENTRAL Covid-19 Policy

 Updated: 3rd June 2021

Definitions

Throughout this policy, the term ‘Lighthouse’ shall be taken to mean, collectively:

Lighthouse Beaconsfield               Registered Charity No. 1151896
Lighthouse Bletchley South          Registered Charity No 1187747
Lighthouse Bourne End                  Registered Charity No 1180779
Lighthouse Cressex                         Registered Charity No. 1183476
Lighthouse Hazlemere,                  Registered Charity No. 1178562
Lighthouse High Wycombe          Registered Charity No. 1114541
Lighthouse Marlow                         Registered Charity No. 1178062
Lighthouse Princes Risborough   Registered Charity No. 1178119
Lighthouse Shelswell                      Registered Charity No 1187651
Lighthouse Central                          Registered Charity No. 1169839

Lighthouse recognises that careful planning is essential in order to keep the children and our volunteers safe, and to limit the spread of coronavirus/Covid-19, within our setting. Accordingly, we have conducted a thorough Covid-19 risk assessment for the nine Lighthouse sites running in the summer of 2021 and will review it whenever Government guidance changes.

Covid-19 symptoms

Covid-19 is a viral, respiratory disease, which is spread from person to person by close contact. It typically causes fever and a dry cough, and in some cases may progress to viral pneumonia which cannot be treated by antibiotics. Symptoms of Covid-19 can include:

  • Continuous dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever (high temperature)
  • Tiredness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of taste and smell

The initial symptoms are similar to colds and flu-type illnesses, but the combination of a recent onset of fever and a new continuous cough seem to be present in many cases of Covid-19. However, it is important to be aware that in some cases the symptoms may be very mild or even non-existent, especially in children.

Procedure for infection or suspected infection

Any child who becomes ill with symptoms which could be Covid-19 while at Lighthouse will be isolated from the other children by at least two metres until the child can be collected by his or her parents. If the child becomes seriously ill, we will call 999. 

If a child or volunteer has suspected symptoms of Covid-19, they will be sent home and must follow the Government guidance for households with possible Covid-19 infection. This includes self-isolation and taking a Covid-19 test. See: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Most suspected cases of Covid-19 turn out to be negative, so Lighthouse will remain open unless or until advised otherwise by the local Health Protection Team, but parents and volunteers will be informed, especially those in high risk groups.

If children or volunteers experience any symptoms of Covid-19 they must not attend the Lighthouse until all symptoms have passed and they feel well.

Infection control

Like the common cold and flu viruses, Covid-19 is spread by:

§  Infected people passing the virus to others through large droplets when coughing, sneezing, or even talking within a close distance.

  • Direct contact with an infected person: for example, if you shake or hold their hand, and then touch your own mouth, eyes or nose without first washing your hands.
  • Touching objects (eg door handles, light switches) that have previously been touched by an infected person, then touching your own mouth, eyes or nose without first washing your hands. Viruses can survive longer on hard surfaces than on soft or absorbent surfaces.
  • Volunteers and children will use hand sanitiser as soon as they arrive on site
  • Volunteers and children and will be reminded to wash their hands regularly throughout the day, especially after using the toilet, before eating food and after coughing or sneezing.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available in convenient locations throughout the site.
  • Tissues will be readily available for use when sneezing and coughing, and these will be disposed of, in a lidded bin, immediately after use.
  • If they don’t have a tissue to hand, children will be instructed to cough or sneeze into the crook of their arm.
  • We will discourage children from touching their faces.
  • We will discourage children from touching each other.
  • Children will not be allowed to bring toys or games from home, and we ask that they bring only essential items with them to Lighthouse.
  • We will ensure that frequently-touched surfaces, such as handles, door plates, light switches, table tops and toys are regularly cleaned with anti-bacterial spray or wipes, before, during and after each session.
  • Any equipment that needs to be shared  eg Sports equipment will be thoroughly cleaned before being used by the next group.
  • Toilets and sinks will be cleaned at specified intervals during the day operation.
  • Arrival of and collection of  children will be organised in line with Government guidelines and to minimise congregation of parents
  • Visitors will not be allowed to enter the site unless previously agreed with the Lighthouse Chairman
  • Premises will be  well ventilated.
  • Children will be put into Age Group Bubbles and within that Lighthouse groups of no more than 15. As far as possible, these groups will be maintained throughout the day.
  • If indoors, Age Groups will be separated into separate zones, using different rooms
  • When outdoors, Age groups will be separated into separate zones, using different marquees/areas on a field
  • We will plan activities that minimise contact between children.
  • All activities will take place outside or in well ventilated spaces.
  • If children bring their own lunch or snacks, absolutely no sharing of food will be permitted and children will be spaced apart while eating.
  • Ensure that all volunteers have received training in, and understand, our new procedures
  • Display posters and information to promote infection control
  • Ensure that adequate supplies of cleaning materials are available on site
  • Dispose of waste promptly and hygienically
  • Provide tissues and suitable facilities for their disposal.

We will take the following steps to reduce the risk of catching or spreading Covid-19 at  Lighthouse

Hygiene:

Cleaning:

Arrivals and departures:

Premises

Movement around the site

Activity planning:

Food:

Promoting good practice

We will promote infection control through the methods above, and in addition we will:

Closure

We may need to close the site if we have insufficient volunteers due to illness to run sessions safely.

In the event that we have a number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 associated with the Lighthouse site, we may need to close if advised to do so by the local Health Protection Team in order to limit the spread of the virus.

If the site needs to close, the Management team will notify parents or carers as soon as possible.

 

 

 

Health Protection Team Thames Valley HPT (South East)

Public Health England

Chilton

Oxon

OX11 0RQ

 

Email tvphe@phe.gov.uk

 

Telephone 0344 225 3861

 

Out of hours urgent enquiries 0844 967 0083

 

Written in accordance with the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2017): Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements: Health [3.44].