What We are Doing To Keep You Safe During COVID19
As we all know COVID19 has changed the way we live, work and play.
While Paint Pots will be putting in place some changes to keep everyone as safe as possible, we will be ensuring that the foundation of our classes will be the same Paint Pots magic you all know and love.
We are working within all the government guidelines, taking the experience of running our Montessori Nursery School Classrooms during this pandemic and applying it to how we keep everyone safe in our Creative Classes.
It is important to say that we want to preserve as much normality for the children as possible. As soon as government guidelines relax we will go back to our normal way, in the meantime we are working to ensure that although we sanitise the building we don’t sanitise the experience.
Cleaning will be paramount to reducing the rick of transmission at Paint Pots. Our already rigorous cleaning procedures have been strengthened even further.
Every item in every classroom will be cleaned every day. This means every book, every paintbrush or piece of classroom material, every surface of every object that was in the classroom that day.
Our teachers will be maintaining this increased level of cleaning throughout the day as well as at the end of every day.
High contact areas such as door handles and banisters, & hygiene areas such as bathrooms will be cleaned thoroughly several times a day.
At the end of every day the whole classroom will be thoroughly deep cleaned. Ensuring that we start each day with a completely blank slate before we rotate bubbles to different rooms.
All our cleaning materials are stocked up and anti-bacterial to ensure that the highest possible standards of safety are maintained.
As we start the gradual process of reopening, we will be running a reduced timetable and limiting class sizes.
To start with we will be offering a selection of morning classes. These morning sessions will be available to children aged 12-18 months and 18 months-2 years 6 months. Each morning session will be 2 hours long from 9.45am-11.45am.
These extended Paint Pots classes will be a combination of all the classes we offer for these age groups. Bringing together our art, music, movement, and messy play activities. Full class descriptions are available on our class timetable pages. The class will flow from one activity to the next, keeping the children engaged through the classes extended period of time.
Through the term we hope to build in additional afternoon sessions and online classes for our families who can’t join us in person from the start of term. More information about the additional sessions we are planning to add throughout the term can be found n our class timetable pages and we hope booking for these sessions will be released early in the Autumn Term.
In combination with smaller class sizes this limited timetable will reduce the number of families attending our classes. Effectively creating an Early Years ‘bubble’ of children providing the same safety that offers to our Nursery School classrooms.
As we start the gradual process of reopening, we will be running a reduced timetable and limiting class sizes. This means that to start with we will be offering 30 priority places at Paint Pots Bayswater and 30 priority places at Paint Pots The Boltons.
Although class spaces will be limited to begin with. As soon as government guidance allows, we will expand the class spaces available. We will be keeping a close eye on the government guidelines & Local Authority updates to ensure that we are able to welcome back as many Paint Pots families as soon as possible.
Through the term we hope to build in additional afternoon sessions and online classes for our families who can’t join us in person from the start of term. More information about the additional sessions we are planning to add throughout the term can be found in our timetable information below and we hope booking for these sessions will be released early in the Autumn Term.
In combination with limited timetable these smaller class sizes will reduce the number of families attending our classes settings. Effectively creating an Early Years ‘bubble’ of children providing the same safety that offers to our Nursery School classrooms.
To follow current government guidance we will be adjusting some of the classroom activities we offer.
It is important to say that we want to preserve as much normality for the children as possible. However we have to acknowledge that there will be changes. There will be some physical changes to our classrooms for example …
We have been instructed to remove all fabric items from our classrooms. Both toys and furniture.
Messy Play activities will be offered on a child-by-child basis by setting up individual trays on our large communal messy play area. Giving every child the opportunity to engage in messy play while also limiting the risk of transmission through these very hands on activities.
Our teachers will monitor other communal activities such as the easel, cleaning the paintbrushes etc, between each child’s use.
As soon as government guidelines relax we will go back to our normal way, in the meantime we are working to ensure that although we sanitise the building we don’t sanitise the experience.
We will be adjusting our classroom layouts to facilitate social distancing between adults. Giving each adult a consistent base to sit in each week.
Find out more about this in the ‘social distancing’ tab below.
We will also be adjusting our classroom layout to better aid the flow from one activity to the next over our new extended classes.
Adults will be asked to maintain social distance while at Paint Pots. Both in the buggy area and in the classroom.
Due to the size of our corridors we are asking adults to wear a mask on entry to the building. As we move closer together at snack time and for the music section of our class parents will be asked to wear a mask in the classroom for these activities. Masks can be removed once seated in the classroom for all other activities.
In previous terms in our 12-18-month Heuristic Play class and our 18 months – 2years 6 months Early Montessori Class, parents have been seated around the room. We know this works really well as the children can see you at all times, they know where you are and can come back to you at any stage. The children, supported by our teacher, get the freedom to develop their independence while they explore and engage with the activities in the room.
The vision we have is that in the same way as these classes, the parents joining us in September will be able to support their child in the class by having a consistent base that they sit in each week. We will support every family in working towards your child confidently moving around the different areas of the classroom supported much more by the two teachers, rather than having all the parents moving to all the different areas.
Children will not be asked to social distance from one another. They will have free reign of the classroom. Enabling them to interact with each other and build the social relationships and skills that are so crucial in Early Years development.
Hand gel will be provided, and everyone will be encouraged to wash their hands on entry to and exit from the classes.
Access to the disabled toilet will be available to our classes families on the ground floor and there will be a hand washing station in the classroom for the children.
This is things such as promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach, ventilating areas as much as possible and washing our hands after coughing.
Our windows will be open and our teachers will support you to assist your child with nose blowing and hand washing where required.
We ask all parents not to bring sick children to the classes.
At this time of the year we recognise that colds and coughs are common and easily spread, particularly in your child’s young age group.
We understand that it can be difficult to discern between a sniffle and a full blown cold. We rely on your judgement in the best interests of your child and the class. Please understand that if you arrive to a class and our teachers feel that your child is too ill to attend, we will ask you to leave – even if this occurs part way through a class.
Please also be extra vigilant for COVID19 symptoms. The current COVID19 symptoms are …
- a high temperature – 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)
- a 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
If a child or adult becomes unwell with these symptoms while at Paint Pots we will ask you to leave the class immediately to start your self-isolation. If you need to wait to be collected, a member of staff in PPE will accompany you to a separate room to await collection.
Whether your symptoms develop at home or in a class, we ask all children and parents attending Paint Pots classes (and their household members) who become unwell with COVID19 symptoms to get tested.
To help us protect all our families please inform us immediately that you are getting tested for COVID19 and the results of your test.
We will ask you to bring a water bottle for both your child and yourself.
For families in our longer morning classes we will provide a choice between a banana or a satsuma for the snack break time that will take place in each morning class.
For families in our afternoon Early Montessori class we will provide a choice between a banana or a satsuma for the snack break time that will take place in each class.
For families in our afternoon Toddler Art & Music class we will provide a choice raisins for the snack break time that will take place in each class.
No snack time is offered in our afternoon Toddler Messy Play class due to the nature of the activities in this class.
All snack times will be led in accordance with current government guidance in the same way we facilitate it within our Nursery Schools.
We ask that you do not provide snacks to your child at other times during the class.