In light of the current Covid situation, we are more aware than ever of our health and that of our children. When considering if your child has symptoms of coronavirus or not, please consider the latest guidance that has been published: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/
Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has either:
a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection.
Check the NHS website if you have symptoms: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/
The Importance of Hygiene.
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can 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 hand washing before eating and after sneezing, both children and staff should also wash hands after using toilets and after travelling on public transport.
Effective hand hygiene messages:
NHS advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at:
Sign up is quick, free and means you will be alerted as more resources are made available.
Department for Education advice for Coronavirus for all early years providers, schools and further education providers.
Department for Education coronavirus helpline.
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is now available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am – 4pm (Saturday & Sunday)
Phone: 0800 046 8687
DfE guidance for education:
– Closure of educational settings information for parents and carers
The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.
When using any computer, tablet, or smartphone remember SMART;
SAFE: Don’t give out your own information
MEET: Only meet people you have met online with your parents
ACCEPTING: Only open emails & texts from people you trust
RELIABLE: Some people online tell lies, only talk to real world friends and family
TELL: Tell a parent or adult you trust if something you see online makes you feel uncomfortable.
More information can be found via the schools Online Safety page.
In addition: Guidance for parents and carers: keeping children safe online can also be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-online/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-parents-and-carers-to-keep-children-safe-online