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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on reopening early learning and childcare services

Non-statutory guidance for early learning and childcare (ELC) providers in the local authority, private and third sectors to support a safe reopening of these settings during Phase 3.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on reopening early learning and childcare services
Evacuation procedures/sharing premises

Evacuation procedures/sharing premises

Evacuation procedures

If the layout of facilities is changed, and/or circulation routes or entry/exit points are altered, 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 individuals/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 from school or other community premises. Where services have their own entrance, exit and general facilities including toilets and kitchen facilities they should follow this guidance.

Where services share these facilities, they should consider the following:

  • early discussion with the head teacher of the school, or the manager of the premises to agree use
  • consider potential implications of other services’ operating model
  • maintaining physical distance with other users
  • arrangements for use of outdoor spaces

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