Dear Families,

If you have missed playing out as much as we have, you will be pleased to know we have been working hard to get our Play sessions up and running again for the summer holidays and beyond. We now have plans in place that are in line with the government guidance and recommendations.

The publication of a guidance document for out of school settings supports the important role this kind of provision provides in promoting wellbeing, by giving children opportunities to socialise with others outside of their household and take part in different activities.

The full guidance documents for both families and providers can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-of-children-attending-out-of-school-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-of-children-attending-out-of-school-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/protective-measures-for-holiday-or-after-school-clubs-and-other-out-of-school-settings-for-children-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/protective-measures-for-out-of-school-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

Our planning is based on this guidance and the different things we have had to think about such as suitable places to play, numbers and ages of children and the reality of having all of the protective measures in place. We also know that the guidance can change very quickly, so we are prepared for this too.

All of this means we are taking very careful steps, for the safety of all in our community, and our summer provision will look very different from what we are all used to. We hope you will support us in this, as you have done throughout this whole crisis.

BOOKING ON SESSIONS:

As part of the protective measures being put in place, we have set up a simple booking system, which will enable us to create small set groups of children and also ensure we have up to date contact details for everyone we have contact with. This helps reduce the risk of transmission and supports the Test and Trace requirements.

Bookings will be made through your Playworker or you can contact us directly: [email protected]

PROTECTIVE MEASURES IN PLACE

Arriving and leaving the sessions

We will monitor and minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by reinforcing the message that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, or who have been advised by NHS Test & Trace to self-isolate do not attend our sessions.

We will safely take the temperature of all people – children and staff before they join the session

Our play sessions will run at times outside of peak hours for transport, and we encourage anyone travelling to the sites to walk or cycle where possible and avoid public transport if they can.

We plan to reduce contact between adults as much as possible by asking only 1 adult to drop off and pick up their children and staggering the arrival and leaving times which will be allocated when booking.

We ask that parents and carers do not come on to the site where we are running the session. We will ask people to communicate by phone if possible if a parent or carer wishes to talk to a worker.

At the sessions

We have chosen the places and timings of the sessions for summer where we can best put these new measures into place, many of which are different to our usual sessions.

As the risk of transmission is considerably lower outdoors, our summer offer will be outdoors only.

All children will be in pre-booked small groups

We will encourage all children to practice social distancing in line with current guidance.

We will increase the focus on cleaning, keeping facilities and equipment clean, during the sessions and in between.

We will ensure rubbish is collected hygienically and disposed of properly.

We will provide outdoor hand wash stations or plenty of hand sanitiser on all sites.

Due to the locations and timing of the sessions, we will not be providing access to toilet facilities at the moment.

We have introduced signs to regularly remind children and young people (as well as telling them ourselves) the need to wash hands frequently, the importance of a good hand washing technique, avoid touching your face, and to cough or sneeze into your arm rather than your hand.

We look forward to the day when everyone who wants to join in with our play sessions can and children and young people can play freely and how they choose to. But in the meantime, we know that with everyone working together, and your continued support and patience, we will be able to get out and play and bring some fun into our summer.

Because whatever is happening in this world, we all need to Play!