Limiting Contacts / Groups
The latest guidance recommends that we should keep children in groups of up to 30 when they are indoors; groups should stay at least two metres apart, and children from different groups should not mix. It states that limiting children’s contacts will reduce the likelihood of direct transmission of the virus and reduce the overall number who may need to isolate in the event of an outbreak.
This recommendation is not ideal as it goes against our philosophy of promoting free play and social interactions between all age ranges. While this guidance is non-statutory, we will respect and follow it in the interest of everyone’s health and safety. We will review this procedure on a daily basis.
It has been acknowledged in the guidance, and by the Care Inspectorate, that this recommendation should only be followed “where possible”. Given that all the children will be in one indoor space at the Afty, there may be times when children in different groups do come within 2m of each other. Therefore, we will do our best, but we cannot completely guarantee that children in different groups will not mix.
Children will not have to physically distance from each other indoors or outdoors while they are at the Afty. However, our staff, in accordance with the guidance, will physically distance from each other and the children, where possible.
The guidance recognises the importance of caring for children, their emotional needs, and helping them navigate through this difficult and anxious time. Therefore, while our staff will encourage children to keep a 2m distance, this is not going to be practical or appropriate at all times in order to meet the children’s needs (younger children in particular).
We want children to still feel confident that they can approach our staff, and our staff team have all agreed that they are comfortable being within a two-metre distance, when appropriate, to better support the children’s needs.