At Discover Camp, we take health and safety seriously. In light of the current outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have put together some information, which is based on Public Health England advice.
PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND GUIDANCE – CLICK TO VIEW
Discover Camp have put stringent measures in place to ensure your Children and Young people (CYP) can enjoy their holidays with us in a safe environment. We believe these measures should give parents the comfort and assurances you need to book your CYP onto our programme. We have adopted special measures in response to the Coronavirus outbreak:
The current Government advice is to stay alert. Our Discover Camp programme will roll-out from Summer 2020 (August 3rd 2020), but with restricted numbers in place in line with social distancing.
GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE – Implementing protective measure in education and childcare – CLICK TO VIEW
GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE – Preparing to wider opening education and childcare settings 1st June 2010 – CLICK TO VIEW
A Declaration has been added to the website for 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 14 days. This will be requested each week of the provision.
- Additional cleaning measures across all provisions to maintain the highest possible standards of hygiene.
- Talks with the CYP at each registration about hand washing and the importance of using and disposing of tissues.
- CYP will be organised into colour-coded ‘bubble’ groups of no more than 15 CYP, with 2 staff members. They will then remain in their ‘bubble’ and zone for the whole day.
- There will be no mixing of CYP between activities and between groups. All CYP will complete a shortened version of every activity to avoid mixing the groups.
- Every club will have a supply of antibacterial hand-gel and encourage staff and CYP to use this regularly throughout the day. In the event of not being able to supply antibacterial hand gel, soap will be made accessible to enable CYP and staff to continue to wash their hands.
- Staff will need to complete a Health Screen Questionnaire declaring if they have been in contact with anyone infected with COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
- We will ensure that when parents arrive to drop off or collect their child/CYP that we maintain the current government guidelines on social distancing and ensure there is 2 meters between everyone. Staff will sign the CYP in and out.
- No parents will be allowed into the building whilst dropping the CYP off unless attending one of our Parent sessions in a separate training space.
- There will be ‘bubbles’ of no more than 15 CYP in a group with 2 members of staff and they will remain together for the whole day until the CYP goes home.
- Any child who develops a high temperature will not be able to stay at the club.
- 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 CYP too if they choose to wear gloves or face masks, although the government advises that these aren’t recommended whilst in provision.
What we will do if someone develops symptoms at Youth Action
If anyone becomes unwell or develops any symptoms of COVID-19 during the day, in any of the settings, they should be sent home and advised to follow the staying at home guidance.
- 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 CYP’s needs – for example it would not be appropriate for younger CYP 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.
- 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 they need clinical advice, they (staff member, parent or guardian) should go online to NHS 111 (or call 111 if they don’t have internet access). 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.
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.
In most cases, closure of the Discover Camp provision will not be needed but this will be a decision based on advice from our local Public Health department, alongside a thorough assessment of the 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 CYP 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: STAY AT HOME GUIDANCE FOR HOUSEHOLDS – CLICK TO VIEW
If a confirmed case is identified with links to a school or setting, specific advice would be given on a case by case basis and parents and students would be updated appropriately.
In the event of Discover Camp being advised to close by Public Health England due to the Coronavirus infection, we will be forced to close our programme and venues.
However, we will move towards implementing our digital offer with free access to all CYP in BwD. We will continue to monitor the situation closely.
There are some practical steps you can take to stop viruses:
- 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
- Stick to your social bubble and;
- Keep 2m distance as per the social distancing guidelines with all others
- Touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
- Attend provision if you feel unwell, or have been in contact with anyone who has the Coronavirus or suspected symptoms