COVID-19 Operating Plan


Date: 1st September 2020

Version: 2.4

Implementation & Validity: Duration of Covid-19 Restrictions


This document is intended to outline the precautionary measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 disease in our setting. 

These guidelines are based on Public Health England and Department for Education guidance for educational settings and their key workers. 

The fundamental principle of this guidance is to ensure physical distancing between identified groups as far as possible, and to implement good hygiene practices.

Children's Attendance

  • Only children who are symptom free, or who have completed the required period of isolation in line with government guidance, or who have tested negative for COVID-19 may attend.
  • Parents are asked to ensure that a child exhibiting symptoms, or a high temperature remains at home.  This advice will be reviewed in line with government and Public Health England guidance. 
  • Temperatures will be taken and recorded on arrival. 
  • Pre-arrival administration of Calpol or similar MUST be declared upon arrival.  Medication forms must be completed and signed by parents. 

Physical distancing/groupings

  • Key workers may be reallocated to children if necessary. 
  • Where numbers dictate, groups will be split to make use of available space and therefore smaller groups.  Where possible, we will organise this according to friendship groups where possible, but this cannot be guaranteed. 
  • Care routines will be organised around each room.  Movement around the building by both staff and children should be organised in such a way as to minimise contact with children from other groups.
  • Staff must not congregate and must observe distancing measures at all times. 

Wellbeing and education

  • Children will be supported in age appropriate ways to understand the steps to keep themselves safe, including frequent hand washing and use of tissues.
  • Children should be supported to understand the changes and challenges of dealing with COVID-19.  Staff to ensure that they are aware of children’s attachments and their need for emotional support at this time.


  • Parents are recommended to launder children’s clothes upon arrival at home following their session

Workforce Attendance

  • Only staff who are symptom free or who have completed the required period of isolation in line with government guidance, or who have achieved a negative test result may attend.
  • Staff displaying symptoms or a high temperature are required to stay at home and will not be allowed into the setting.  We will review this regularly in line with government and Public Health England guidance
  • Staff will not be permitted on site if they are not scheduled to work on any given day.
  • Physical distancing/groupings
  • ·Wherever possible staff should remain with their small group of children, the ‘bubble’ of children who they are allocated to and not come into contact with other groups.  However, this cannot be absolutely guaranteed due to the layout of the setting. 
  • Emergency revisions to the EYFS have been implemented which provides some flexibility on ratios and qualifications to make this feasible.  These will be gradually withdrawn from 25th September onwards.  
  • Social distancing must be maintained during breaks. This may be achieved through a range of strategies including the staggering of breaks and subdivision of spaces allocated to team breaks where possible
  • Staff members will avoid physical contact with each other including handshakes, hugs etc.
  • Where possible, meetings and training sessions will be conducted through virtual conferencing


  • All staff members will receive appropriate instruction and training in infection control and the standard operating procedure and risk assessments within which they will be operating. 
  • Staff must have completed the relevant COVID-19 Pandemic Awareness Training. 


  • Staff are required to launder their uniform at the end of each day. 


Physical Distancing

  • Only parents who are symptom free and or have completed the required isolation periods, or who have achieved a negative COVID-19 test result will be able to drop off or collect their child
  • Drop off will take place at the main door on Margaret Street, next to Stone Chiropody.  Parents will not be allowed past the nominated drop-off/pick up points.  We will keep this under regular review and amend if necessary. 
  • Pick-up will be via the side gate on Margaret Street.  Please call when you are ready to collect your child.  There will be a one-way system in operation on the steps.  Please close the gate behind you on entry and exit. 
  • We will aim to limit drop off and pick up to 1 parent per family and stagger the timings where possible.  Where this is not possible, parents must form an orderly queue at the door, maintaining 6ft spacing. 
  • When parents are waiting to drop off or collect their child, physical distancing should be maintained. 
  • Where it is necessary for parents to enter the setting for a taster session, this will be done in such a way as to minimise contact and maintain social distancing.


  • Parents will receive clear communication regarding the role they play in the safe operating procedure and all measures being taken to ensure the safety of their children and themselves. 

Hygiene and Health and Safety

Infection control measures

  • Staff will not wear false nails in the setting.  All nails should be short and tidy.
  • The Local Outbreak Control team will be notified if a child or staff member is suspected of being infected.  All guidance issued by the LOC team and PHE will be followed. 

Hand washing and/or hand sanitisation

  • All children and staff must wash or sanitise their hands upon arrival at the nursery
  • Children and staff members will be encouraged to wash their hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using running water and anti-bacterial soap


  • An enhanced cleaning schedule must be implemented that includes furniture, surfaces and children’s toys and equipment
  • Communal areas, touch points and hand washing facilities must be cleaned and sanitised regularly

Waste disposal

  • All waste must be disposed of in a hygienic and safe manner
  • Tissues must be immediately disposed of into a waste bin in line with "Catch it, Kill it, Bin it" guidance.  


  • All items within the setting requiring laundering must be washed in line with NHS laundry guidelines – i.e. 60 degree hygiene wash
  • Items such as towels, flannels and bedding will not be shared by children

Risk Assessment

  • All activity should be risk assessed and due consideration given to any adaptations to usual practice. It is expected that would include, but not be limited, to the suspension of learning experiences involving materials which are not easily washable such as malleable materials and the suspension of the sharing of food and utensils. 

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Government guidance is that PPE is not required for general use in early years settings to protect against COVID- 19 transmission.
  • PPE, including eye protection, will to be worn as normal for nappy changing and the administration of first aid.
  • PPE, including eye protection, will be worn if a child is exhibiting symptoms and must be isolated from their group until their parents arrive to collect them. 
  • Staff will no longer wear PPE for drop off/pick-up in line with government guidance

Visitors - Visits

  • Attendance to the setting should be restricted to children and staff as far as practically possible and visitors will not be permitted to the nursery unless essential.  For example, essential building maintenance, or those involved in the health, safety and wellbeing of children (e.g. Paramedics or Social Services).
  • Where essential visits are required, these should be made outside of the usual nursery operational hours where possible.


Travel associated with setting operations

  • Wherever possible staff and parents should travel to the nursery alone, using their own transport.  Parents are prohibited from using our car park.
  • If public transport is necessary, current guidance on the use of public transport must be followed
  • We are unable to accommodate the storage of buggies, scooters, and car seats at the setting at this time
  • Outings from the setting into the local community will not take place at this time.



  • Keep windows open where possible to ensure ventilation
  • Ensure that bannisters, door handles, gates etc are regularly wiped with anti-bacterial cleaner


  • Children should not be permitted to bring items from home into the setting unless absolutely essential for their wellbeing. Where this is the case items should be appropriately cleaned upon arrival
  • All resources required for play and learning experiences of children should be regularly washed and/or sterilised with sterilising fluid where appropriate
  • Equipment used by staff such as stationery, tablets etc. should be allocated to individual staff members where possible and cleaned regularly


Procurement and Monitoring

  • We have ensured an adequate supply of essential supplies and contingency plans are in place to minimise the impact of any shortages of supplies. The setting will not be able to operate without essential supplies required for ensuring infection control.
  • A monitoring system for the usage of PPE is in place to ensure that a supply of stock is available to all who require it as and when required to meet the operational needs of the setting. When stocks are low, other options may be considered, such as the use of washable tabards. These items will be washed at a high temperature and separate to any other Nursery washing.
  • In the case the supply of food is interrupted, procedures must be implemented to ensure the appropriate food alternatives are sourced and normal food safety and hygiene processes are followed.