The symptoms of COVID-19 are
- a high temperature (37.8°C or higher) – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
What do we do if it is a staff member?
The member of staff should leave the building immediately.
They should travel home carefully alone.
If they are well enough to travel, they should arrange for an immediate test (see Guidance page for links to booking your own test, or ask us to use the employer portal on your behalf)
If they are too unwell to travel, they should isolate at home until such time as they are able to to travel for a test or they receive their home test
What do we do if it is a child?
We should move the child to a separate room away from other children. A staff member must don PPE. A member of the management team should contact the parent and request the child is immediately collected. (see Parent COVID-19 page for full details)
AT ALL TIMES, YOUR PRIORITY IS TO ENSURE THE CHILD IS RE-ASSURED AND CARED FOR IN A CALM AND RELAXED MANNER.
Government guidance is that the member of staff who cares for the unwell child will not leave to go home. They should carefully remove PPE, then thoroughly wash their hands and then return to work.
When can the staff member come return?
All staff are required to have a COVID-19 test if they display symptoms (even if they have recently had a negative test or have previously tested positive)
If the test results are negative, and they are needed back at work, they can return immediately
If the results are positive, they should immediately inform the nursery.
They should then stay at home in isolation for a minimum of 7 days or until all symptoms are gone (whichever is the longest) As everyone else within the bubbles will have needed to be tested and/or isolated, the member of staff will need to liaise with the manager until they can return.
When can the child return?
The child may return if they are free of symptoms after 14 days (lingering cough is permissible) or if we have written (email will suffice) proof that they have had a negtive test result. The parent will need to call 111 to be able to book a test
What if it is the manager or cook?
No-one will need to self-isolate or be tested (as long as the manager/cook has at all times worked in their face covering)