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Coronavirus (COVID-19): fully outdoor childcare providers guidance

Published: 30 Jul 2020
Last updated: 30 Jul 2020 - see all updates

Guidance to support implementation of re-opening of fully outdoor nurseries regulated day care of children’s services.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): fully outdoor childcare providers guidance
Evacuation procedures/sharing premises

Evacuation procedures/sharing premises

Evacuation Procedures

If the meeting points are altered, or routes to this location have been changed, consideration should be given to evacuation procedures (e.g. in the event of a fire or other incident).

Muster points should also be considered to ensure appropriate physical distancing arrangements are maintained between adults/groups as far as practically possible. During these times it may be that children are upset or need reassurance from staff, and this should be given by staff comforting children.

Evacuation arrangements must be included as part of the risk assessment for the setting.

Evacuation arrangements for children with complex needs or disabilities should be reviewed in light of any changes.

Sharing Premises

Some providers operate contingency plans from schools or other community premises if they are unable to use their regular outdoor locations. Where these premises have their own entrance, exit and general facilities including toilets and kitchen facilities they should follow the guidance for indoor ELC settings.

Where services share facilities, they should consider the following:

  • early discussion with the head teacher or the manager of the premises to agree use of premises
  • potential implications of other services’ operating model
  • maintaining physical distance with other users
  • arrangements for use of shared spaces; both indoors and outdoors

First published: 30 Jul 2020 Last updated: 30 Jul 2020 -