Information for parents of children attending Little Acorns Pre-school to help reduce the spread of Covid-19

Self-Isolation Information

If anyone in your household has any of the following symptoms of coronavirus, however mild, they need to STAY AT HOME:

  • Fever (greater than 37.8°C)
  • New persistent/continuous cough
  • Loss or change in taste or smell

The person with symptoms needs to stay at home and isolate for 10 days (from the day that symptoms start). If that person still has symptoms (other than cough or loss of taste/smell) after 10 days, they must continue to self-isolate until they feel better. Everyone else in the household needs to stay at home and isolate for 14 days. This is because it can take up to 14 days for the symptoms to develop in other household members.

Please do not leave the house and do not send children into pre-school during this time.

If you don’t have friends/family who can help deliver shopping, you can contact Bassetlaw District Council on 01909 533 533 or email for support during this period of self isolation. You can also get information on food banks and other food distribution services offering support.

A child who arrives at pre-school with a temperature (or develops a temperature during the session) that is above 37.8°C will be sent home and parents asked to monitor their temperature for 24 hours. If the temperature does not subside it should be assumed that the child could be displaying symptoms of coronavirus. Children can return to pre-school after 24 hours if they are well and displaying no temperature or other symptoms of coronavirus.

Getting Tested

The person with symptoms should access testing via the NHS testing website or by phoning 119. Do not wait; ask for a test as soon as possible after symptoms start. If it is your child who is displaying symptoms you can request a test on their behalf. The current options to access testing will be via a drive-through testing site or by receiving a testing kit delivered to your home.

If it is your child who has any of the above coronavirus symptoms, please let the pre-school know. Although the symptoms may or may not be due to coronavirus, the pre-school may consider informing other parents, so they can be aware of the potential exposure. The identity will of course be anonymous.

Each family’s circumstances vary, and we want to be transparent with this information so that families can have the information to manage the risk. For example, a family who has elderly relatives living with them may be extra vigilant to keep children away from these elderly relatives over the next few days (e.g. avoiding shared spaces). As testing capacity/speed improves, we will review the need to do this over the next few months.

Test Results

If your child has tested positive for coronavirus, please let the pre-school know. Following a positive test result, you should be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service, requesting you provide information about recent ‘close contacts’. The pre-school will be liaising with Public Health England to manage this situation and will likely involve recommending ‘close contacts’ of your child (e.g. the ’bubble’) to self-isolate for 14 days. The pre-school will also inform parents and staff that there is a confirmed case in pre-school, although of course identity will be kept anonymous.

negative result means you did not have coronavirus when the test was done, please let the pre-school know.

You can stop self-isolating if you test negative, as long as:

  • everyone you live with who has coronavirus symptoms also tests negative – keep self isolating if someone in your home tests positive, or has symptoms and has not been tested
  • you feel well – if you still feel unwell, you may have a different illness that could spread to other people, so stay at home until you’re feeling better

If you have diarrhoea or you’re being sick, stay at home until 48 hours after they’ve stopped.

Encouraging good hygiene

Personal hygiene is the most important way to tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.

In addition to handwashing before eating and after sneezing, both children and staff should also wash hands after using toilets and after travelling on public transport

As always, if you have symptoms of a cold or flu, then there are measures you can take to stop germs:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

Thank you for your continued co-operation.

Little Acorns Pre-school
T: 01909 506666