COVID 19 Exclusion Policy and Procedure

St Helens Pre-School has always taken the health and safety of our children and staff seriously, this is more important than ever with the current outbreak of the coronavirus COVID-19. We have developed a procedure based on the guidance from public health England and department of education.

  • All children and staff must be in good health to attend. Children or staff with any symptoms including coughing, sneezing or having a temperature will not be able to attend.
  • Any child or staff member will not be able to attend the Pre-School if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have displayed the symptoms in the last seven days or live with someone who has displayed symptoms in the last 14 days such as:
  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
  • All children and staff must be symptom free or have completed the required government recommended isolation before they can attend.
  • Any children or staff members who are clinically vulnerable or living with somebody who is shielding are unable to attend.

What we would do if a child or staff member develops symptoms


  • In the event of a child or staff member developing suspected coronavirus symptoms whilst attending the Pre-School they must be collected as soon as possible and isolate at home in line with the current NHS guidance.
  • Whilst waiting for the child to be collected they will be isolated from others in the multipurpose room.
  • The staff member responsible for the child during this time will wear suitable PPE such as; face mask, visor, disposable gloves and apron.
  • The area will be thoroughly cleaned immediately, after the child has left.
  • The person responsible for cleaning will wear full PPE.
  • This should then be disposed of according to current government guidelines. All contaminated waste will be placed into a plastic bag and placed into a second bin bag, tied and marked for storage up to 72 hours before going into the normal waste.
  • When a child, or staff member develops symptoms of coronavirus as stated above, they will be sent home and need to self-isolate for 7 days. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days.
  • We request that the child or staff member is to follow current testing advice for themselves and their household.
  • We will inform all families within the ‘bubble’ of a possible case of coronavirus within our Pre-School.
  • Where the child or staff member tests negative, they can return to their setting and their fellow household members can end their self-isolation.
  • If the child or staff member tests positive the full ‘bubble’ will close and self-isolate, including all members of their household for 14 days.
  • The remaining children and staff of that ‘bubble’ will also isolate for 14 days in accordance with the NHS test and trace service.
  • The other household members of the ‘bubble’ do not need to self-isolate, unless anybody develops symptoms


COVID-19 Adjustments to Daily Routine

 We will be working within ‘BUBBLES’

  • We will initially be operating with one ‘bubble’ in the setting at any one time.
  • We have two ‘bubbles’, one bubble attending on Monday and Tuesday and the other on Thursday and Friday. There will be no more than 10 children and 3-4 staff in a ‘bubble’.
  • At no point, will any member of one ‘bubble’ enter the other ‘bubble’.
  • Due to their age, children will not be social distancing from each other. Staff will be following social distancing with each other. At all times staff will ensure the children’s physical and emotional needs are met.
  • We have also put further measures in place to protect all in the ‘bubble’ by following robust cleaning routines throughout the sessions, such as high contact areas and evaluating resources. At the end of each ‘bubble’s use a deep clean will take place.


Daily Procedure

  • Staggered drop off times from 8.45am – 9am
  • One parent/carer to hand over their child to a member of staff at the conservatory door. That member of staff will assist the child with hanging their bags and coats and washing their hands.
  • Should you find yourself having to wait, please be patient with us and observe social distancing – stay 2 metres apart.
  • If you need to talk to a member of staff, this will be conducted outside. If possible, please make prior arrangements. Should you need a face to face meeting, this can be arranged to take place in a separate environment.
  • The children will have free-flow play, where they will have access to the orange room and snack/communal area.
  • We will have our morning snack and lunch in smaller groups.
  • We will be outside as much as possible in the fresh air.
  • Ensure you have applied 12-hour sun cream to your child before they attend each day to prevent cross-contamination.
  • Children and staff will wash their hands upon re-entering the building.
  • Children will have access to drinking water throughout the day but this will be supervised to ensure no cross-contamination when using cups.
  • Afternoon collections will be staggered between 2.30pm and 2.45pm.
  • When we can see you, we will bring your child out to you.