Proactive or Reactive?

Updated: Jun 25, 2020

Coronavirus - COVID-19 the disease and SARS-CoV-2 virus

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the name given to the 2019 novel coronavirus. COVID-19 is the name given to the disease associated with the virus. SARS-CoV-2 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.

"it's best to be more cautious,"

Clearly, worldwide, many schools have been closed as a result of the outbreak of Coronavirus-19 Whilst we have not yet reached this point in the UK, The advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) is that where schools remain open (all educational settings, including nurseries) that children and their families remain protected and informed, the guidance calls for

  • Providing children with information about how to protect themselves

  • Promoting best handwashing and hygiene practices

  • Providing hygiene supplies

  • Cleaning and disinfecting school buildings, especially water and sanitation facilities

  • Increasing airflow and ventilation

The new guidance also offers helpful tips and checklists for parents and carers, these actions include:

  • Monitoring their children’s health and keeping them at home from nursery / school if they are ill.

  • Coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your elbow and avoid touching your face, eyes, mouth and nose

  • Promoting best handwashing and hygiene practices and providing hygiene supplies

  • Encouraging older school-age children to ask questions and express their concerns

“so, what steps does this mean for us at nursery?”

There is insufficient data known about how long this particular strain of virus survives on surfaces, other known coronaviruses can last between a few hours to a few days depending on the surface, the temperature and humidity levels.

I am suggesting the following precautions at Saplings:

1. We will screen all visitors, including parents, extended family members, prospective parents, contractors and ask vital questions to ascertain their well-being and recent history of travel.

2. If a parent is unwell at home for any reason, if a parent is self-isolating, children should be excluded

3. If a child develops a high temperature, parents will be contacted and asked to collect their child, for two reasons: a. to prevent the spread of their infection to others and b. to protect the unwell child when they are most vulnerable from contracting other potential infections

4. Preschool children should be taught how to sneeze, even toddlers can be encouraged to hold their hand in front of their mouth when coughing

5. Staff should ensure children’s noses are kept clean, tissues must be disposed of safely and bins must be emptied regularly BEFORE they become full

6. Staff should use gloves and aprons when dealing with certain bodily fluids including vomit, blood and runny noses

7. Staff must model regular, exemplary handwashing technique and the use of hand sanitiser gel provided

8. Children should be taught how to wash their hands and why it is important to wash their hands. This should be developmentally appropriate to their age. On a practical basis, this means we allocate someone to stand with children who need assistance or observe their handwashing practice and provide them with sound, safe guidance.