Managing multiple bubbles for children attending Overnight Short Breaks (OSB) and Short Breaks Local Offer (SBLO)
2 October 2020,1pm
We know how important overnight and short breaks are to families and we have been working hard with our providers to ensure that they are as available and accessible to families as possible. It may not be possible for OSB and SBLO providers to keep children in the same bubble they are in during the school day, so we are asking providers to put in place other ways to minimise the risk of transmission of Coronavirus.
We also ask parents and carers to consider carefully the number of settings their child attends overall in order to prevent their child from mixing with multiple different groups of children.
The OSB and SBLO Providers have put the following COVID-19 protective measures in place, which are based on the government's guidance for providers of holiday and after school clubs.
- Staying away from Overnight Short Breaks and Short Breaks Local Offer settings if any of the following apply:
- 1. themselves or a member of their family has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19
- 2. they have been advised by NHS Test and Trace to isolate at home
- using the same staffing within groups of children
- encouraging staff and children to clean their hands more often than usual
- ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
- cleaning frequently touched surfaces more often
- cleaning of toilets and washrooms more often
- changing the environment to allow for social distancing between children
- keeping children in small bubbles of 15 children or less
- Using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when providing personal care. Providers have been trained in infection control and correct use of PPE
- The OSB premises are deep cleaned regularly, and individual bedrooms are deep cleaned after each stay. All non-essential items, such as soft toys and cushions have been put away, to minimise risk from contaminated surfaces. Hand sanitiser dispensers are included in different areas for quick access to both staff, children and essential external visitors
- Providers will keep family contact details so that if needed Test and Trace can happen quickly