These guidelines are intended to assist early years providers in implementing precautionary measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 disease in childcare settings. Providers should build on these considerations and guidelines to form Site Operating Procedures (SOP), suitable to their situation. 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 and to implement good hygiene practices. The design of settings as relatively small communities for day care on non-domestic premises and further subdivided rooms, greatly assists our ability to create physical distance between groups and cluster children into specific cohorts or ‘bubbles’.