Little Lancing: Advice for Enquirers and Current Parents during COVID-19

Update for Parents enquiring about places at Little Lancing

At the current time, it is not possible for us to show parents round the nursery as we normally would or to arrange for drop-in events for large numbers of families to visit, as we have in the past. We are producing a virtual tour of Little Lancing that we hope to make available over the next few weeks, which will give parents an initial view of our rooms and outdoor space but will not include any children or show any activities taking place.

During the November 2020 lockdown, we are not able to arrange show rounds. We hope to return to our previous pattern of limited visits once restrictions are lifted. We will make contact with enquirers as soon as we are able to arrange an appointment. 

If making an initial enquiry, please use our online enquiry form.

For those who have enrolled and are due to start at nursery, settling in sessions will for the time being take place outdoors in our garden with the key person who will be looking after the child. The latest guidance from the DfE stipulates that parents may not accompany their children for settle sessions during the November 2020 lockdown.

Nursery now open to all children

Little Lancing has been open for our Key Worker families throughout the Coronavirus pandemic which necessarily involved the implementation of additional safety measures at the nursery to minimise the risk of infection.

In accordance with government and local authority guidelines, Little Lancing re-opened to all existing families on 1 June and in consultation with the Health and Safety teams at both Lancing College and Tops Day Nurseries, we have updated our risk assessments to incorporate some further safety measures with this in mind. These are available for current parents who wish to review them.

They can be summarised as:

Before arrival at Nursery: 

We request that parents take their child’s temperature at home prior to arriving at nursery. It is not a requirement that the nursery does this on arrival. Any child displaying a high temperature or any other Covid-19 symptoms should not attend nursery and should be tested. 

On arrival at Nursery:

  • One adult per family should drop off and collect the child.
  • Parents, or those picking up or dropping off on behalf of the parents, are requested to wear masks of face coverings whilst on our site, to observe the social distancing measures put in place on the ground and to use the one-way system down the ramp to access Little Lancing and up the steps back to the car park when leaving at drop off and collection times.
  • Little Lancing staff will welcome each child at the main door/reception area.
  • Our staff will take each child to wash their hands on arrival and then ensure they wash them regularly throughout the day.
  • Wherever possible, we would respectfully ask that all children wear fresh clothes daily.
  • If possible, children’s bags should remain at Little Lancing and contain essential items only for example, spare clothing and comforter/dummy if needed.
  • If a comfort item, dummy or milk bottle has been provided by parents for their child, we would ask that a spare of this item, if available, is left at nursery. Any such items will be washed and sterilised by us daily.
  • Parents are requested not to allow their child to bring general toys from home.
  • Water bottles brought from home will not be allowed. Children will be given water regularly throughout the day.

Sun Protection:

  • Parents are asked to ensure they have given permission for nursery sun cream to be applied to their child throughout the day.
  • Parents of children with sensitive skin or allergies should provide a named bottle of sun cream to be left at nursery.
  • Parents are asked to ensure that their child brings a sun hat to be kept at nursery.

Whilst at Nursery:

  • From 20 July it is no longer a requirement that children are kept in small groups. Children are therefore in groups according to their age and stage of development. 
  • We will be accessing our outdoor space and operating free flow to the garden as much as possible.
  • Cleaning will continue throughout the day with high use areas being sanitised regularly.
  • Toys and equipment will be cleaned regularly.
  • We will continue to wash hands thoroughly throughout the day, especially at key times of arriving at nursery, before and after meals, after outdoor play and toileting.
  • Children will continue to be encouraged to practise good hygiene and infection control procedures.
  • We will advise parents if anyone (adult or child) develops symptoms of coronavirus during the day and follow appropriate guidance for isolation. Parents will be updated on the outcome of testing for coronavirus.
  • We have suspended our use of washable nappies at nursery for the time being as part of our mitigation measures against infection. Parents are requested to send in disposable nappies for their child. We will reinstate the use of washable nappies as soon as we are able to do so safely.

Catering:

  • Our full catering service has been in operation from 1 June.

Visitors

  • We will be strictly limiting external visitors and any members of Lancing College staff (eg grounds or maintenance staff) making essential visits to the nursery will abide by our hygiene regulations and no visitors will come into contact with staff or children.