Moving within and between settings
Some approaches to circulation of children and staff and transitions between different parts of the settings indoor or shelter areas providers can consider include:
- One-way systems: Settings may wish to adopt one-way systems within any indoor shelter areas. This may help avoid bottlenecks and ease travel around the setting.
- Signage/communication: Appropriate signage or verbal communication about the system adopted may need to be implemented, if it differs from previous arrangements at the setting, for the benefit of staff and parents.
- Peripatetic Staffing: Movement of staff between different ELC settings should be avoided, except in circumstances where the individual works with the same group of children, or where necessary to provide specialist support, for example for children with additional support needs.
- Use of agency or bank staff: where settings use agency or bank staff they should ensure that staff do not move across settings.
It is recognised that the above restrictions on movement of staff between settings may impact on the ability of some practitioners to continue with the patterns of work they would have chosen prior to the Covid-19 response period. Where this is the case, employers/heads of centres should undertake early engagement with staff who will be affected, and unions where appropriate.