Dear Rosedene Parents,
In light of the uncertainty we all face with the advancements of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) across the globe, we wanted to personally reassure you that our absolute number one priority continues to be the health & safety of our children, extended family and staff.
We have continued to monitor the situation daily, following the guidance from the government and Public Health England. We remain committed to providing exceptional childcare at Rosedene, with all nursery settings planning to stay open, unless official advice changes. Nurseries and other childcare providers are part of the infrastructure to provide facilities to allow people to go to work, including healthcare professionals and other emergency services. The government are clear that they would like nurseries to stay open to support them for as long as they are able.
Rosedene’s enhanced safety measures include:
Our childcare service to you and your children
Rosedene will continue with business as usual with our commitment to service, operating hours and procedures remaining in place.
As of yesterday, Public Health England has advised that anyone, including children, with flu like symptoms; a fever above 37.8 C or a NEW persistent cough should stay at home and self isolate for 7 days. We ask parents to check their children and make this assessment before bringing your child to nursery. As in any normal procedure, if we identify any new symptoms with a child at nursery, we will contact the parent to collect the child.
All external nursery trips, including care home partnership activities have been suspended until further clarity on the situation.
We will take measures to create as healthy environments as possible in every nursery; with our children playing outside more frequently, windows opened through-out the day and the extra hygiene measures mentioned below.
Hygiene is critical
For the past 2 weeks all nurseries have had hand sanitizers at the nursery entrances and continue to have hand sanitizers for use for everyone entering the nurseries.
In regards to the handover process, to minimise the risk of contamination we would like to ask all parents/ guardians, where possible, to wait in communal spaces or entrance areas. This will reduce the risk of external contamination from outside sources. These communal areas will be regularly disinfected throughout the day.
Our nurseries are already professionally cleaned daily, using certified products from environmental health authorities, but as of today we have stepped up our cleaning services to focus particularly on all surfaces and objects which may be visibly contaminated with body fluids, including door handles, buzzers, toilets, office equipment and any external visitor contact points. Our nursery teams will now also clean these areas after morning drop off and pick-up to ensure extra care with external visitors.
All suppliers and deliveries will not be allowed to enter inside our Rosedene settings.
Our children will be taking extra care with regular hand washing and we will be holding hygiene-focused activities.
We are all in this together and we really appreciate your cooperation. We will continue to seek regular advice so we can adapt as the situation evolves.
Please do not hesitate to contact your Nursery Manager if you have any further concerns.
Clare McCullagh & The Rosedene Team.