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Nursery Life And ‘Living With Coronavirus’

UPDATE ON LIVING WITH COVID AT HOPSCOTCH

As you may be aware, on Monday the 21st February, the UK Government announced a new strategy ‘Living with Covid’ which sets out new changes to existing Covid restrictions and regulations. Whilst we are still waiting for further information on what this specifically means for childcare settings such as ourselves, we can confirm that as of, Thursday 24 February:

  • There is no longer any requirement for childcare staff to continue a regular COVID-19 testing programme. We therefore confirm Hopscotch staff will no longer be undertaking regular LFT testing from the end of this week.
  • There is no longer a legal requirement for people to self-isolate following a positive test for COVID-19. In the event of a positive test, we do encourage individuals to follow the government guidance and isolate for five days.
  • However, we recognise this is advisory guidance and therefore a matter of personal choice. Subsequently, in the event of a positive COVID-19 test result for any child enrolled at Hopscotch, Hopscotch will respect parental decisions about their child’s nursery attendance, so long as children are physically well enough to attend.

Some other points to note:

  • Where a child is clearly unwell, whether with Covid or any other disease or illness, they should not attend nursery.
  • Common diseases and symptoms requiring exclusion include (list not exhaustive):
  1. Temperature of 38°C or over
  2. Gastrointestinal Infection (Diarrhoea and/or persistent vomiting)
  3. Chickenpox (Herpes-Shingles)
  4. Influenza
  5. Measles
  6. Rubella (German Measles)
  7. Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
  8. Mumps
  9. Streptococcal Infection (sore throat, scarlet fever etc.)
  10. Contagious Skin Conditions

A list of communicable diseases and minimum periods of exclusion is listed in the Public Health England Exclusion Table for Nurseries and Childcare Settings. We fully expect COVID-19 to be included on future updates to this list.

Hopscotch Nursery Managers retain the right to contact parents and ask for children to be promptly collected when they are clearly presenting as unwell. These requests are designed to safeguard the child in question and to help protect other attending children and our staff. We request that parent and carers respect and accept these decisions and any instance of abuse or threat made to any Hopscotch nursery staff will be immediately escalated to our Head Office who may take further action.

There is no longer any requirement to wear masks, either inside or outside our nursery premises at drop-off and collection times. However, if parents and carers still have a personal preference for wearing a face-covering so then we respect an individual’s right to choose. The same applies to our staff.

We are also looking at how we might safely start to organise to have parents and carers back into the nursery settings, and we will keep you updated on this in due course.

Please bear with us whilst we adapt to these new changes. We, like many people and businesses, were only made aware of them late on Monday the 21st February. We may also have more new information to share in the coming weeks and we will keep you all updated as needed. We continue to ask for your ongoing cooperation and understanding and, as always, our main priority is to keep our children, families and staff safe.

Finally, we wish to extend a very warm and heartfelt thankyou to all our parents and families who have remained with us throughout this pandemic (or joined us in the midst of it!) – we thank you for your custom and for supporting Hopscotch through some very challenging moments. We would also like to recognise our amazing staff teams who have been so loyal and committed over the last two years and who have ensured we have been able to continue offering first-class childcare to all our families.

Please do let us know if you have any questions, comments or feedback on any of the above – we can be contacted via email at office@hopscotch.uk.com or you can discuss any of the above with your Nursery Manager.

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