Updated: 3rd June 2021
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 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:
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.
We will take the following steps to reduce the risk of catching or spreading Covid-19 at Lighthouse
Arrivals and departures:
Movement around the site
Promoting good practice
We will promote infection control through the methods above, and in addition we will:
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
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].