How to help protect your children from Coronavirus

Let’s be honest, being a childminder can be very messy at times, and with the recent outbreak, you’re probably running around trying to make sure all your little ones are washing their hands and binning their tissues. Lucky for you, we’ve made some handy sing-along posters for you to put up around your setting. 

Along with this, we thought of some top tips to help you get by!

  • Have tissue boxes or packets in each room handy so you and your kids can easily reach them 
  • Take some time to sing the songs and show your children how to wash their hands properly
  • Give your setting a scrub down, including all the toys – it might be worth putting away anything that’s too difficult to clean for a while 
  • Talk to your parents about how you’re preparing your setting and consider telling your children what is happening and why they need to be careful about germs.
  • Make sure your children know to tell an adult if they feel unwell
  • Develop an action plan for any potential closures and staff shortages
  • Check your insurance plan – the Government has registered Covid-19 as a ‘notifiable disease’, but nurseries and settings may still be unlikely to be covered by insurance for closures. You can read the full Nursery World article here

Print these out and take some time to sing them to your children. 

Hand washing song

Coughing and sneezing song

Here’s some advice from the NHS if someone in your setting becomes unwell and you suspect they have Covid-19

  • Call NHS 111, or 999 in an emergency (if they are seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk), and if appropriate, explain which country they have returned from in the last 14 days.
  • Try to find somewhere safe for the unwell person to sit. If possible, find a separate room or area such as a staff office or quiet room. If it is possible to open a window, do so for ventilation.
  • They should avoid touching people, surfaces and objects and be advised to cover their mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when they cough or sneeze and put the tissue in the bin. If no bin is available, put the tissue in a bag or pocket for disposing in a bin later. If you don’t have any tissues available, they should cough and sneeze into the crook of their elbow.
  • Stay calm and wait for the healthcare professionals to arrive
  • Clean the room once they leave

You can read more guidance from the NHS here