Covid-19 Policy

We are very fortunate that our area of learning is outdoors, this reduces the risk of covid-19 being spread between people, we are also aware of how important it is in this current situation, more than ever that we are able to access the great outdoors for our physical health and mental well-being.

We have developed these additional procedures to help you, your children and our staff stay safe.

By booking with us, you are agreeing to our terms and conditions listed below, along with our other policies and procedures in place. We expect you to abide by these.
Please could you take a moment to read through and understand the following:

The infection control procedures required by government guidelines are:

• minimising contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend childcare settings, schools or colleges
• cleaning hands more often than usual – wash hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with running water and soap and dry them thoroughly or use alcohol hand rub or sanitiser ensuring that all parts of the hands are covered
• ensuring good respiratory hygiene – promote the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
• cleaning frequently touched surfaces often using standard products, such as detergents and bleach
• minimising contact and mixing by altering, as much as possible, the environment
The following procedures have been designed to follow the above guidelines in relation to the outdoor environment. You can see the UK Government’s full guide to implementing protective measures in education settings here.

Attendance
Attendance on the day is subject to your child being virus-free, as far as it is practicable to be sure. Please do NOT bring your child if they:
• show any symptoms of COVID-19 on the day
• show any symptoms within 7 days prior to attending
• are living with an individual who has shown symptoms within 14 days before the date of their attendance (they and you should be self-isolating as per government guidelines)

Children who turn up with a cough – or who are accompanied by an adult or sibling with a cough – or who are otherwise obviously unwell will not be accepted by the leader. The leader’s decision on this matter is final, and we will not engage in any discussion on the matter.
Please be responsible when making a decision about bringing your child – bringing a child who is mildly ill, even if you are sure they are well enough to attend, could threaten the health of other children, and our staff. Our staff are required to self-isolate at the first sign of any symptoms, so if you send a poorly child – even if you are convinced that they do not have COVID-19 – you risk us having to cancel all future sessions for this season because our staff will be unable to work.
As long as you tell us before 8 am on the morning you are due to come, we offer a credit note or transfer to another date in case of illness, so you will not lose your booking by keeping an ill child at home.
Hygiene procedures
The current science on the transmission of coronavirus indicates that:
• transmission is greatly reduced outside.
• children are at less risk than adults of transmitting the disease
and of developing serious symptom.

However, we have introduced some additional hygiene procedures into our sessions, to provide extra security against transmission:

• any games which involve hand holding or prolonged physical contact will be adapted to avoid these
• everyone will be required to use hand sanitiser before snack breaks and activities using tools
• unfortunately, there will be no toileting facilities during the session due to the risks of contamination when using disposable toilets.

Additional equipment.
Hand washing
We provide hand sanitiser to use before and after activities.
Disposable tissues
We comply with the government’s “catch it, bin it, kill it” advice. All children attending must have a packet of disposable tissues so they can catch and bin their coughs and sneezes.
Masks
The UK government guidance on masks says: “Wearing a face covering or face mask in schools or other education settings is not recommended…. Schools and other education or childcare settings should therefore not require staff, children and learners to wear face coverings. Changing habits, cleaning and hygiene are effective measures in controlling the spread of the virus.”
Please do not send your child in a mask, or ask us to make sure they wear one:
• masks do not protect the wearer from infection; their only use is to protect others from infection by the wearer. If your child needs a mask for this reason you should keep them at home.
• wearing a mask can give your child a false sense of security, and encourage risky behaviour, such as skipping hand washing or touching their face or other children
• unless it is very strictly and regularly cleaned (or brand new and unused) a mask can act as a reservoir of virus/bacteria, which transfer to your child’s hands when they touch the outside of the mask
• It is difficult to put on and take off a mask safely and hygienically, and this is something that young children will not be able to do
• the potential psychological impact of wearing a mask (or seeing one worn) in terms of building anxiety and feeling you are in a dangerous place is the opposite of what we want to achieve
If your child arrives wearing a mask, or if you insist that your child wears a mask during the session we will assume that they are infectious and refuse to accept them. You will not get a refund or a credit note under these circumstances.

On the day
Group size
The UK government’s rule for educational groups meeting outdoors is set to a limit of 15 adults, children under school age are not counted in this total. However, I am limiting the number of spaces I offer to 10 families in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines. This guidance will be updated in accordance with the government’s recommendations.

Registration
If this is your first visit to Under One Tree Forest School, please email your consent form prior to attending the session – this protects you from having to use a pen that has been touched by others.
Distance
It is clearly impossible to maintain a 2m distance in woods and rough terrain at every second of the day with children. However, any games or activities that involve touching or holding hands will be adapted to avoid physical contact, and children will be spaced out while engaged in social actions (such as eating or crafting) to maximise the distance between them.
The greeting time/safety rules will be set up so that there is adequate space between each child and between children and adults.
Static social activities, where children are sitting together will be arranged to maintain at least a 1m distance between seated or standing children and adults as far as is practicable.
We provide disinfectant wipes and hand sanitiser at each tool station so that contamination is reduced when handling any equipment.

After the day
If your child or any member of their family group develops symptoms of COVID-19 within 2 weeks of their visit to us please email us at info@minibeastsexplorers.co.uk.

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