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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
Maximising use of outdoor spaces

Maximising use of outdoor spaces 

Evidence suggests that outdoor environments can limit transmission. Outdoor nurseries and childcare settings by their very nature will maximise time spent outdoors by children.

Time spent indoors (during meet up or drop off) should be kept to an absolute minimum in order to reduce risk of spread of infection. During anytime the service has to use their emergency shelter (in the case of extreme weather conditions),  additional consideration should be given to physical distancing between groups of children.

Guidance to promote high quality learning and play experiences for children outdoors is also available.

Use of Public Space

Some outdoor settings operate within space which can also be accessed by members of the public. Within any public spaces staff should be aware at all times of the need to keep children distanced from any other children who are not part of the setting, or other adults who may be in the vicinity.

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