Protective measures for out-of-school settings
The Government has issued guidance on protective measures for providers who run after-school clubs, community activities, holiday clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings for children (external link).
Offering advice to support providers planning to reopen, this guidance outlines the practical steps they can take to minimise the risk to those who attend their settings by reducing the risk of infection and transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
It is to be implemented from the end of the summer term, when Haringey state schools have closed.
Until then though, while those schools in the borough remain open, providers should follow the same protective measures as schools to limit different groups of children mixing.
Therefore, if a setting opens before the end of the summer term, they should ensure they are:
- Only caring for children from the eligible groups (Early Years, Reception, Year One and Year Six) and priority groups (children of critical workers and vulnerable children).
- Only caring for children from one school or Early Years provider
- Working closely with the school or Early Years providers that their children attend to ensure that, as far as possible, children are kept in the same small consistent groups that they are in throughout the day, and otherwise maintain social distance
Other issues for OOSS providers to consider going forward include:
- Group sizes (external link)
- Effective infection protection and control (external link)
- The management of toilet facilities (external link)
- Staff availability and appropriate staff-to-child ratios (external link)
- The provision of any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (external link)
- The NHS Test and Trace service (external link)
The guidance runs through how providers should communicate with carers and parents (external link) about the re-opening of their respective settings and the new safety measures in place, while staff need to be kept informed of the very latest Safe Working Measures as well (external link).
The appropriate safeguarding measures to ensure the wellbeing of children and young people (external link) is outlined for providers too, while there’s guidance for carers and parents (external link) in the form of an informative FAQs/Q&A.
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