Coronavirus (COVID – 19)
We are delighted to be opening our childcare provision on campus. We are well aware of the difficulties that our parents and carers have faced since we closed in March. We thank you all for your understanding and patience as we have navigated our way through reams of government guidance and for the hours you have spent balancing working from home. The government guidance changes on a regular basis, but we have worked hard to ensure Bright Beginnings remains a place for children to be happy, settled and confident.
Considering all guidance we have implemented changes to the Centre to ensure a safer working practice. We have planned a phased opening from Monday 27th July and will continue to work with families to meet their needs as the campus expects the majority of staff to work from home until September.
Safety at Bright Beginnings.
Reduced numbers of children in the Centre
Full day sessions for July and August.
Staggered drop-off and collection times
designated drop- off and collection zones
Phased return of age groups
Social distancing measures between staff
If you or your child have any symptoms of coronavirus, do not come to the Centre. Follow NHS advice.
If your child displays any symptoms of coronavirus during their time at Bright Beginnings you will be contacted to collect your child and advise to be tested for coronavirus.
The guidance from the Department of Education, July 2020, sets out a system of controls detailed below.
1) minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend settings
2) clean hands thoroughly more often than usual
3) ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
4) introduce enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often using standard products, such as detergents and bleach
5) minimise contact between groups where possible
6) where necessary, wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
Numbers 1 to 4 must be in place in all settings, all the time.
Number 5 must be properly considered and settings must put in place measures that suit their particular circumstances.
Number 6 applies in all specific circumstances.
Response to any infection:
7) engage with the NHS Test and Trace process
8) manage confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the setting community
9) contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice
10) notify Ofsted
Numbers 7 to 10 must be followed in every case where they are relevant.
Bright Beginnings staff are not required to wear face coverings and masks, but they must be worn if a child displays symptoms of coronavirus. A face shield will be worn if a staff member is covering a member of staff from another room.
We continue to follow Government guidance and we will continue to update advice and review our sessions, days and allocated drop-off and collection times for September 2020.
Should you have any further queries or concerns please feel free to contact one of us via the Centre’s email address which is being accessed daily: [email protected]
Fees and Contracts
We would like to ask for your understanding when producing your new fee calculations and new contracts for the new financial year, 1st August 2020 to 31st July 2021. It will be an extremely busy next few weeks for our team as we will be inundated with requests and the incredible back log of financial responsibilities resulting from our closure.
Salary sacrifice payments may take some time to set up and there is no possible way that we can set up payments for August. This is not a quick procedure and involves the work of the finance department, Payroll and HR. We will endeavour to set these up as quickly as possible. This is an unprecedented situation we are facing and our finance team, once back on site, will work as quickly as possible to process your requests.
Thank you all once again for your patience and understanding.