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Coronavirus Statement

We are excited that all our groups are now back open to our young people. This is and will continue to be based on the latest government guidance. In the event of the Tribe Youth Group being advised to close by government advice or by Public Health England due to the Coronavirus, a full refund will be given for the days that we are closed.

At the Tribe Youth Group, we take health and safety seriously. In light of the current outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have put together some information, all of which is based on Public Health England advice.https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england

The Tribe Youth Group have put stringent measures in place to ensure our young people can continue to enjoy their sessions with us in a safe environment. We believe these measures should give parents the comfort and assurances you need to continue booking your young people into our groups. We have adopted the following special measures in response to the Coronavirus outbreak:

Government advice is to stay alert. We will be adhering to the government guidance for early years and childcare providers as of 7 April 2021.  We will also be following the new national restrictions that was updated on 7 April 2021 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-of-young people-attending-out-of-school-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-of-young people-attending-out-of-school-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak 

When the Tribe Youth Groups reopen they will be with restricted numbers in place and in line with social distancing.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures

At Point of booking, a declaration has to be made by parents to declare that you, or your child has not been in close contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and if they have, they have self-isolated for 10 days.

  • Additional cleaning measures in all groups to maintain the highest possible standards of hygiene.
  • Talks with the young people about hand washing and the importance of using and disposing of tissues
  • Young people will be organised into colour coded ‘bubble’ groups of no more than 15 young people, with 2 staff members. They will then remain in their ‘bubble’ and zone for the whole session.
  • There will be no mixing of young people between activities and between groups. All young people will complete a shortened version of every activity to avoid mixing the groups.
  • Every group will have a supply of antibacterial hand-gel and encourage staff and young people to use this regularly throughout the session. In the event of not being able to supply antibacterial hand gel, soap will be made accessible to enable young people and staff to continue to wash their hands.
  • We will ensure that when parents arrive to drop off or collect their child/young people that we maintain the government guidelines on social distancing and ensure there is 2 meters between everyone.  
  • No parents will be allowed into the building whilst dropping the young people off and collecting and staff will sign the young people in and out.  The social distancing measures will also be a rule set in line for when young people are sitting and playing.
  • There will be ‘bubbles’ of no more than 15 young people in a group with 2 members of staff and they will remain together for the whole session until the young people go home.
  • Any child who develops a high temperature will not be able to stay at the group.
  • If a child begins to show symptoms of a cough/fever there will be a designated area where the child can be kept safe and isolated until they are collected
  • PPE will be available for staff to wear if they choose to. This will apply to young people too if they choose to wear gloves or face masks they can.

All groups operating will ensure all staff are wearing face coverings at all time whilst working indoors in the group, as per the current government guidance unless they are exempt due to medical reasons. All Parents to wear face coverings when dropping off or collecting young people.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/protective-measures-for-holiday-or-after-school-groups-and-other-out-of-school-settings-for-young people-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/protective-measures-for-out-of-school-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak#face-coverings 

What we will do if someone develops symptoms at Tribe Youth Group;

If anyone in your setting develops a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they must be sent home and be advised to follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. 

This sets out that they must:

  • self-isolate for at least 10 days
  • arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19)

Action List:

  • In an emergency, call 999 if they are seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk. Do not visit the GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre or a hospital.
  • Call parents/legal guardian to collect child and take them home. Advise them that all household members will need to isolate and refer them to the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.
  • If a child is awaiting collection, they will be moved, if possible and if appropriate, to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door. We will be mindful of individual young people’s needs – for example it would not be appropriate for younger young people to be alone without adult supervision. Ideally, a window will be opened for ventilation. If it is not possible to isolate them, we will move them to an area which is at least 2 metres away from other people. The member of staff supervising the child will wear PPE and the area will be deep cleaned once the child has been collected.  Any windows in the room please open for ventilation.
  • If they need to go to the bathroom while waiting to be collected, they will use a separate bathroom if possible. The bathroom will be cleaned and disinfected using standard cleaning products before being used by anyone else.
  • If a member of staff has helped someone who was taken unwell COVID-19 symptoms, they do not need to go home unless they develop symptoms themselves. They should wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds after any contact with someone who is unwell and remove and dispose of their PPE.
  • When parents/legal guardian pick up the child, advise them to get the child tested and notify you of the results.
  • Once the child has left the premises, thoroughly disinfect/clean all surfaces and touchpoints they came into contact with (including the bathroom if used).

In most cases, closure of a Tribe Youth Group will not be needed but this will be ours, along with advice from Head Office, decision based on various factors such as establishment size and risk of further spread.

This is a fast-evolving situation and we will monitor and share any new advice at the earliest opportunity.

Whilst we understand that the current situation is causing concern, there is no need for alarm. You do not need to keep your young people away from a setting unless they have been to, or have been in contact with someone who has been infected.

Information for the public can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

There are some practical steps you can take to stop viruses:

  • Do cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately• wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • Keep 2m distance as per the social distancing guidelines
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • We will continue to monitor the situation closely.
  • Safeguarding the health and wellbeing of all young people and staff at our groups is our top priority.

This policy was adopted on 15 March 2021

This policy was reviewed and updated on 8 April 2021, updated 20 May 2021

Signed on behalf of Tribe Youth Group:  Jean Barnbrook

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