Risk assessment template
We have developed an exemplar risk assessment plan to help you to identify possible risks faced in opening to additional children or re-opening following a closure period. It provides suggestions and considerations of protective measures to mitigate these risks. This sample document has been considered for a larger childcare provision but also includes points that will be relevant for the whole sector.
The intention is for this to be used as a sample template and it is for you to amend, edit, adapt and reflect upon to open your provision in a safe and secure way with clear protective measures in place. We hope you find this useful in promoting a safe return to work.
Early Years Bulletin
Stay up to date with our Early Years Bulletin for Northamptonshire nurseries, pre-schools, and childminders or out of school provision. It aims to keep all staff in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) informed of relevant information to support them in their work.
Coping with anxiety and promoting wellbeing
During the current coronavirus pandemic, early years providers, practitioners and children will be facing challenges and changes to their individual lives. Feelings of worry, anxiety and concern for our health and the health of others may be experienced. Feeling anxious is a perfectly natural reaction to some situations and is something everyone may experience at times.
There are lots of ways you can try to help cope with anxiety and minimise stress to help you look after your mental health and support the wellbeing of others around you.
We have put together articles to help support you at this time:
Best practice guidance for grouping staff and children during COVID-19 in setting based provision
The government’s reopening guidance for early years settings identifies protective measures to help reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 with a central part of this focusing on organising small groups or ‘bubbles’ of children and staff.
Our latest ‘Spotlight’ article shares best practice and points to consider: