Coronavirus Covid19 -
Last updated 7th March 2021
Information from Deerness Valley Nursery
With the new roadmap to opening up normal life coming into effect, we need to remind you of our covid-security methods. To avoid the risk of cases amongst our community and staff we need to be extra careful with our procedures to work together to keep nursery open.
Remember that any confirmed cases of covid19 at nursery will completely close us for 10 days. We want to keep families and staff safe, and make sure nursery can stay open for your children. The only way we can do this is if we all work together.
As the parent or carer of a child at nursery it is your responsibility to ensure your family, household or bubble know about and follow the following covid-secure methods.
1. No one will come to nursery, not even into the car park, if they or anyone in their household has symptoms of Covid19 or if you are self-isolating. For a list of symptoms please go to
2. Keep your hands clean. Washing with soapy water for more than 20 seconds is the best way to do this. Wash your hands before you leave for nursery. Hand gel is provided for adult use in the car park.
3. Practice and encourage “catch it, bin it, kill it” with coughs and sneezes. Using disposable tissues and then washing your hands.
4.Practice social distancing in the car park, including from the children already in nursery. (see more information below)
5. Adults who are able should wear a face covering mask when less than 2m from staff or other families, or inside cars and public buildings. We require all adults to wear a face covering mask in the car park at all times.
6. Increased ventilation inside nursery by opening windows to increase the flow of fresh air.
Some reminders about the importance of social distancing.
Let’s start with Why.
The social distancing rules stopping households mixing are mainly due to the raised risk of adult to adult infection.
So staff and parents are at much higher risk of passing covid to each other, and we adults are at much higher risk of passing it around our family and friends.
We need to reduce that risk at nursery by keeping 2m distance between different households.
Please maintain your distance while in the car park, including from the children and adults in the garden.
The good news is that children are far less likely to pass Covid19 to each other.
This means nursery remains a safe place for your child to play with others.
What are the expectations for nursery?
We would like to remind you about our social distancing measures on nursery grounds. If you all work together to keep apart then we can avoid going back to “staggered” arrival and collection slots. Please read all of the information carefully, and be prepared to follow it while on nursery property.
Keep 2m (6 feet) between all of your family and everyone else.
Stand away from both the gates and the fence to keep 2m from children who are already in the garden and staff at the gate.
Park leaving space around the main entrance gate to leave enough room for children to come in and out.
Only one adult from your family in the car park at a time. If you come by car only one adult must get out to collect your child. Everyone else should remain in the car.
No siblings please. If at all possible please leave your other children in the car or at home. If they must come, they must stand with you at all times.
Face Covering Masks
Wear a face covering mask on nursery property.
While transmission rates outside are lower, we feel that wearing masks reminds us all that things are different in this space. We require all those who can wear a mask to do so on nursery grounds. Please be aware that some people are exempt.
Staff will only be wearing masks during drop off and collection. We will not be wearing them during the nursery day.
Avoid having to ring the doorbell. This is a place many other people may have touched, and we can’t clean it between uses.
If we are expecting you then we will be looking out for you. If you know we have seen you in the car park then please do not ring the doorbell.
If you need to ring the bell please use hand gel before and afterwards.
Do not allow your child to ring the bell.
Be Ready To Be Reminded
We understand that these new ways of doing things will take time to learn and we don’t want you to feel anxious about it. We will try to do remind you in the most appropriate way, so please do not be offended if we ask you to step back, or remind you to wear a face mask.
Download our risk assessment document here.
Information from about the Coronavirus Covid19
This information is from the World Health Organisation:
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.
Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
Information from the UK Government
Gov.uk has a large selection of information which is regularly updated. Below you will find links to the information applicable to nurseries and educational settings. This list is not exhaustive, and the gov.uk has a lot more information about the pandemic.