THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Questions & Answers

Little Sparrows has remained open throughout the Coronavirus pandemic and we have supported many Key Working families in our community. 

HOW ARE WE KEEPING EVERYBODY SAFE?

 

  • Behind the scenes we are very busy working to keep everyone as safe as possible. 

  • Where necessary we use the V2 antiviral disinfectant spray which is proven to kill coronavirus and we clean using eco-friendly washing up liquid, as soap has been proven to break down the virus. 

  • We also have air purifiers installed which continuously cleans the fresh air - we have an air flow system built in which brings fresh air into the playrooms from the outside.

  • We have implemented a comprehensive risk assessment.

  • Staff are equipped with the right PPE and hand sanitiser.

  • Parents are currently not able to come inside the Nursery unless they have a meeting scheduled. We have social distance queuing outside the Nursery during drop off and collection times.

 

SO, WHAT HAS CHANGED FOR OUR PRACTICE AND CHILDCARE?

 

  • Mixed age play is huge part of our ethos so we are pleased that we can now start to gradually introduce this at set times during the day.

  • We generally operate in 2 separate bubble groups – the under 3’s and over 3’s

  • The under 3’s have lots of space for their free flow play – from the front room, middle room, main room and outside covered area. They also have regular access to the garden.

  • The over 3’s have absolutely embraced the outdoors. We have a new outdoor classroom in the playground and they have spent nearly all day, every day outside in a rich environment. The children are absolutely loving it and the learning seen so far has been incredible. We have put together an outdoor kit list which can be found here.

 

OUTDOOR CLASSROOM

At the start of the pandemic we turned part of our playground into an outdoor classroom and the results have been amazing. We still of course, carefully plan activities which link into all 7 areas of EYFS, the only difference is that it takes place in the richer environment of outdoors. Our new outdoor classroom has roller blind sides which can be put down in windy or wet weather. It also has an outdoor sink and vast amounts of space to set up exciting activities.

last updated June 2022