Whoosh Learning is trained and certified for infection control as a Children’s Activity provider…
General guidance for sessions
At the heart of everything we do at Whoosh, know that your safety and wellbeing is paramount. Below you will find a summary of the MAIN procedures that we are following to ensure we are protecting everyone from the spread of the virus and keeping you safe. During the booking procedure there will be further venue specific guidance sent.
Main Changes to Sessions:
General – booking and health
- There will be less bookings for our sessions to keep class numbers down. We also ask that only 1 adult accompanies the children so at this point in time no additional guests are allowed. However, if you have twins or siblings that attend then we can allow an additional adult so that there is a 1:1 ratio.
- As normal, PLEASE keep your child off a session if your child is contagious. More guidance on this is found on our health and safety page and in our policies.
- Each class will form a group BUBBLE.
- You will not be able to attend another group on a different day if you cannot attend one of your weekly sessions.
- There will be no taster/ trial sessions as this would affect the groups BUBBLE arrangements.
- There will be guidance on which doors you can enter/exit the venue and information will be given of any one way systems in place.
- Please ensure that your contact details are accurate on our online booking system – this will become our TRACK AND TRACE system.
- Parents need to notify Louise to inform them of any sessions not attended with a reason for absence e.g. if you or your child are ill.
- Parents will be asked to sign for agreement of the handwashing procedures in place for sessions (on booking form)
- Everyone MUST use the hand sanitisers provided when entering the venues. If you or your child suffers from any allergies then please provide your own and inform Louise.
- Your temperature will be taken on arrival.
During the session
Please be respectful and aware of the 2m social distancing at all times. Please follow any one-way systems that are in place and arrive no more that 10 minutes before your session is due to start.
If there is a queue to enter the room/venue, please keep your distance and wait for a gap before entering. We must avoid any congregations and where possible all doors will be propped open.
Please bring as little as possible into the room with you. If you are driving please leave any unnecessary items in the car. If you need to bring your pram there will be a designated space to leave it.
- All adults must wear a face covering during sessions. Louise will be wearing a visor.
- Please take outdoor shoes off on arrival and leave with your belongings.
- There will be no tea/coffee/snacks provided at present. Please bring your own for you and your child.
Snack and story times will be set up differently with clear markings to show where you can sit with your child.
- Parents must take home any wet or soiled nappies. Please do not leave them on site.
- Adults to maintain 2m metre distance from other adults. Children are likely to wander around and not be aware of the 2m guidelines, which is understandable. However please could parents encourage appropriate space at activities. There will be a 2 children or a 1 family group ruling on the trays/ activities to ensure there is space for children to safely access resources.
- After the session has finished – Please leave your class promptly. We hate having to rush you out, but please understand this is to help keep everyone safe and in one bubble. Please ensure you follow the one-way system around the venue you are attending.
Messy Play activities:
Currently we will be offering dry messy play e.g. rice, sand. The room will be divided into 3 sections.
- Half the room with messy play trays/playdough/ simple craft
- Mirrored half with messy play trays/ playdough/ simple craft
- Story/singing circle
You will be given one of the halves of the room to explore with your child (either section 1 or 2). The purpose of halving the room with exactly the same activities is to ensure that there is appropriate social distancing for you and all our little ones and to keep you all safe.
There will be equipment as normal at the trays with wipes if you wish to clean them before your child uses them. Or you may wish to pick up a bag on entry with a selection of resources to take round with you to explore the trays. If you wish a bag with resources in, then please do email Louise to let her know in advance of the session so that she knows how many individual packs to prepare.
Any resource in the tray will either be thrown away after the session OR sprayed and left for 72 hours before reuse.
Storytime and Singing time:
- Each grown up /child will have their own rainbow spot to sit upon or “Launchpad”. These will be ready set up in the room with social distancing in mind. Please sit with your little one on your launchpad (they will be named).
- You and your child can enjoy a snack whilst we have our storytime.
- Please sing softly in class and direct your voice towards your little one.
- We will still have bubbles at the end of the session and Louise will bring the bubbles around the group to each launchpad!
- To adhere to social distancing rules, we ask that you and your little one remain on your launchpad as much as possible. We appreciate with mobile babies and toddlers this can be difficult. We kindly ask that during this time, you are aware and respectful of your fellow Whooshies space.
Detailed Risk Assessment
Whoosh Learning has produced a detailed risk assessment focusing on the spread of infection, social distancing, cleaning and sharing of equipment. Please take the time to read the document to see how we are adapting our classes to ensure everyone’s safety.
COVID 19 – Symptoms Checklist
This list of symptoms is taken from COVID Symptom Study by Kings College London research (https://covid.joinzoe.com/) which is recognised as being the most comprehensive and based upon information collated from their study.
- Fever or feel too hot
- Chills or shivers (feel too cold)
- Persistent cough (coughing a lot for more than an hour or 3 or more episodes in 24 hours)
- Experiencing unusual fatigue
- A headache
- Nausea or vomiting
- Dizziness or light-headedness
- Unusual shortness of breath or have trouble breathing
- A sore or painful throat
- Loss of smell/taste
- An unusually hoarse voice
- Unusual chest pain or tightness in your chest
- Unusual abdominal pain or stomach ache
- Unusual strong muscle pains or aches
- Raised red itchy welts on the skin or sudden swelling on the face
- Any red/purple sores or blisters on your feet, including your toes
- Confusion, disorientation or drowsiness
- Unusual eye soreness or discomfort, e.g. light sensitivity, excessive tears or pin/red eye
- Skipping meals
- Have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19