Pyrford Pre-school is committed to ensuring that our setting is a safe and healthy place for all children, parents/carers, staff and volunteers. We recognise that infections can spread quickly amongst young children so our efforts are to maximise control of infections through safe and hygienic working practises. Infection control procedures are adhered to as much as possible in accordance with DfE and Public Health England guidance. Reasonable adjustments are made for our setting. 

It is the responsibility of the manager of the day to ensure that children/staff who have a contagious illness are excluded from the setting for the recommended time. Please see NHS exclusion guidelines by referring to: where you will find the Exclusion Table which advises on the time period that a child needs to be excluded from pre-school if they have an infectious condition and “The Spotty Book – Notes on infectious diseases in Schools and Nurseries” .

1. In general, individuals who are known to be unwell with infectious diseases must not attend pre-school, although mild sniffles and colds need not necessarily prevent an individual attending.
2. If a child has had sickness and/or diarrhoea, we operate a 48hr exclusion policy and your child should not return to the playgroup until 48 hours after the last bout of illness.
3. If a child becomes ill during care, parents/carers must be contacted and the child taken home if necessary. Please keep our records of your emergency contact details up to date.
4. Parents are requested to notify the setting if their child has an infectious disease.
5. Staff members also have a duty to ensure the setting is aware if they are unwell or have been diagnosed with an infectious disease.
6. The setting should notify parents if a significant risk to other children exists.
7. The length of time an individual should be excluded from pre-school depends on the type in infection they have had. If in doubt, please contact the Public Health England Protection Team to discuss this.
8. Please note that you may have to take time off, or make other arrangements for your child’s care, if your child is ill.
9. Please make us aware if your child is more susceptible to infection due to underlying diseases or treatment.
10. If in doubt seek further advice from your Health Visitor, GP or the Public Health England Health Protection Team
Our prime concern is always for the health, safety and welfare of all the children and staff at the setting. If children are unwell, they should be kept at home and a period of recovery allowed. If you are in doubt about your child attending playgroup due to illness, please do not hesitate to contact Katharine Wright or Marion McMullan.

Date policy written: 11 August 2011
Date policy reviewed: 7 October 2011
Date policy reviewed: May 2013
Last review date: April 2020

Hygiene practice to prevent the spread of infection during COVID -19 ,
Update to Infection Control Policy – May 2020

The COVID-19: cleaning of non-healthcare settings guidance is followed, specifically:
• Surfaces that children and young people are touching, such as toys, books, tables, chairs, doors, sinks, toilets, light switches, are cleaned more regularly than normal;
• All adults and children are told to:
– frequently wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and dry thoroughly;
– clean their hands on arrival at the setting, before and after eating, and after sneezing or coughing;
– are encouraged not to touch their mouth, eyes and nose
– Tissues are available to wipe noses and children are normally encouraged to do this themselves with close adult supervision. Tissues are thrown into a designated bin which is emptied at the end of the 3 hour session.
• Children are supervised with hand washing;
• Children are encouraged to learn and practise these habits through pictures, games, songs and repetition;
• Play equipment is cleaned between uses and not used simultaneously by different groups;
• The amount of shared resources that are taken and brought in from home is limited;
• All spaces are well ventilated using natural ventilation (opening windows), ceiling fans;
• Doors are propped open, where safe to do so (bearing in mind fire safety and safeguarding), to limit use of door handles and aid ventilation;
• Children wash their hands with soap before and after cooking or eating for no less than 20 seconds. They are supervised by adults.
• Additional alcohol-based sanitiser (that contains no less than 60 percent alcohol) is provided for use where social distancing cannot be adhered to.
• Sufficient amounts of soap (or hand sanitiser where applicable), clean water, paper towels and waste disposal bins are supplied in all toilets and kitchen areas.
• Bar soap is not used, liquid soap dispensers used instead.
• Children do not share cutlery, cups, plates or food.
• All utensils are thoroughly cleaned before and after use.
• Continuously used play equipment is cleaned between sessions
• Toys that cannot be cleaned are rotated over a minimum of three days
• Spillages of bodily fluids, e.g. respiratory and nasal discharges, are cleaned up immediately in line with Cleaning in non-healthcare settings guidance
• Parents are asked not to bring their children to the setting or on the setting premises if they show signs of being unwell.
• Children who have displayed symptoms of coronavirus must stay at home for 14 days before returning to the setting
• Staff are vigilant and report concerns about a child’s symptoms to the manager of the day.
• The setting is consistent in its approach to the management of suspected and confirmed cases of coronavirus.
• Parents are asked to use a designated route for drop off and to maintain social distancing.
The following is to be updated on 31st May 2020 with Government revisions.
The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:
• a new continuous cough
• a high temperature
• a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus will be a mild illness. Children are likely to become infected with coronavirus at roughly the same rate as adults, but the infection is usually mild. If anyone has any of the symptoms above they should self-isolate at home.