8.3.21 Update -OOSC will re-open to children of working parents
OOSC will follow government advice regarding protective measures for out of school and holiday clubs published on the government website: here
There is further information for parents here
As the risk of transmission is considerably lower outdoors, when possible staff will consider whether they are able to run sessions safely outside. However, where this may not be possible, staff will refer to the guidance for schools (updated 17.9.20) for more advice on practical steps that can be taken to implement the current protective measures.
Key OOSC operational procedures:
- Minimal adults will enter the provision and parents and carers will remain off-site with face coverings worn on drop-off and collection.
- Staff will continue to record the registration of children attending the setting on arrival and departure.
- Staff and children will wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds on arrival at the club, before leaving and before and after eating.
- Areas of use and toys regularly shared will be deep-cleaned before and after use and resources that are more difficult to clean will not be used.
- All indoor spaces will be well ventilated.
- Transference of resources will be minimised. Own toys and games may not be brought into the club and resources not taken home.
- Foods will not be shared, children will be served individually and will provide their own water bottles for regular refilling.
- Good respiratory hygiene will be encouraged by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
- As much as is possible, contact and mixing between groups of children will be minimised, by altering the environment to allow for increased social distancing between staff and children and keeping children in small consistent groups.
Staff will carry out twice-weekly lateral flow tests or will access asymptomatic testing before working.
If anyone in the setting becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they will be sent home and advised to follow the COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection guidance. For more information, see the section below on what happens if there is a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in a setting.
If a child is awaiting collection indoors, they will be moved, if possible, to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door, depending on the age of the child and with appropriate adult supervision. Ideally, a window should be opened for ventilation. If it is not possible to isolate them we will move them to an area which is at least 2 metres away from other people.If they need to go to the bathroom while waiting to be collected, they should use a separate bathroom if possible.
The area will be cleaned and disinfected using standard cleaning products and following the COVID-19: cleaning of non-healthcare settings guidance before being used by anyone else. PPE will be worn by staff caring for the child while they await collection if a distance of 1+ metres cannot be maintained (such as for a very young child or a child with complex needs). In an emergency, staff will call 999 if they are seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk.
If a member of staff has helped someone with symptoms, they do not need to go home unless they develop symptoms themselves (and in which case, a test is available) or the child subsequently tests positive. They will wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds after any contact with someone who is unwell.