Providing safe childcare during Covid-19 (Coronavirus)
At the height of the Covid-19 lockdown and throughout, Hove Village remained open, providing essential childcare for our key workers. Read more. During this time, we introduced a number of new procedures in order to operate as safely as possible.
By planning ahead and introducing a number of contingency arrangements, we were able to avoid shortages in PPE and cleaning materials. As well as this, we experiencing no disruption to our catering provision. Indeed, we were able to donate vital PPE resources to local care homes.
We have invested heavily in safeguards, new equipment and all of our staff working at our nurseries have received Covid-19 training, as well as receiving new policies and procedures.
Our new procedures include twice daily temperature checks (including on arrival) for all staff and children attending our nurseries, enhanced hand-washing routines, with hand-washing facilities located throughout our nurseries, rigorous cleaning routines, including the use of steam cleaners.
We have also invested in a commercial disinfectant fogger machine and we will be using this with food-safe & environment-safe disinfectant to conduct extra out-of-hours cleaning of all spaces. We also have hand sanitisation stations located throughout.
We now limit the number of adults entering our nursery premises, with staff greeting parents and children outside during drop-off and collection time.
Finally, we have introduced a ‘bubble’ system, where children and staff are grouped into their own small groups. These bubbles remain together and use their own resources. The idea being that children and staff are only interacting within their bubbles, with social distancing in place to endure that no two bubbles mix. Staff work wherever possible only within their own bubbles.
For children in our care, parents can have every reassurance that at Hove Village, we are doing everything we can to keep our families and our staff teams as safe and as healthy as possible.