COVID Policy

SUMMARY:

The Winter Holiday Club will cater to maximum 45 children, divided into 3 groups and taking place outdoors wherever possible. Limited sessions will be located in the school hall, with all the doors and windows open and numbers limited to max 16 children and 3 adults. If the weather makes it impossible to operate outdoors, we will use several spaces indoors, keeping groups separate. The groups will stay together throughout the week and will be kept physically separate from one another. Adults are expected to keep a physical distance of at least 2 metres at all times from one another (and where possible from the children) and they will wear face coverings throughout the holiday club. Children are not expected to wear face coverings.

WHAT WE NEED YOU TO DO:

PLEASE CONDUCT A LATERAL FLOW TEST on your child and yourself within 24 hours of the beginning of the holiday club and ideally halfway through the week as well. If the test shows that you may have COVID, please do not come to the holiday club even if you do not have symptoms. Please follow guidance and take a PCR test.

PLEASE DO NOT COME TO ONE OF OUR GARDENS if you or a member of your household have any symptoms of COVID 19 such as a new, continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of smell/taste. If you are experiencing any symptoms, please follow guidance and take a PCR test.

If you are at higher risk from Coronavirus (including people aged over 70, people who are pregnant and people with an underlying medical condition), YOU ARE WELCOME, but you should take extra care to strictly follow physical distancing guidance.

PLEASE PACK A LABELLED WATER BOTTLE for your child. We will provide water to top up.

PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME TO DROP OFF AND COLLECT YOUR CHILD. You will be met at the gate by one of our team, only children and the Holiday Club team should continue beyond the gate into the garden. We want this experience to feel as ‘normal’ as possible for the children, so please help us to make this handover as quick and straightforward as possible to minimise possibility of transmission.

WHAT WE WILL DO:

Tools and equipment sharing

The sharing of tools, equipment, gloves etc. will be strongly discouraged due to the risk of transmission of COVID-19.  All necessary equipment will be provided and any onsite tools will be disinfected after each use.

Food and drink

Participants are asked to bring their own (labelled) water bottle, we will have a supply from which to refill. Individual lunches will be provided for children with disposable (compostable) containers and cutlery and all waste will be removed at the end of each day.

Physical distancing and face coverings

Compliance with physical distancing of minimum 2 metre will be enforced wherever possible, especially between adults.  There is a supply of disposable masks on site in case distancing is not possible. We will be limiting the number of people within the site at any one time.

Hand hygiene

Visitors to the site must not forget the importance of handwashing before leaving home to travel to the site, and handwashing as soon as they return home. Handwashing/sanitising facilities are also available on site, but we are not able to provide hot water.

Cleaning and sanitising

Our team will be regularly cleaning and sanitising any communal or frequently used areas e.g. taps and gates. Our compost toilet will be regularly sanitised.

Travel to site

We encourage you to travel to the site via active travel methods such as walking or cycling, or in your own car and only with members of your own household.   We advise you to think carefully before using public transport for travel to the site.

Polytunnels/sheds

Wearing a mask is mandatory inside polytunnels and sheds if multiple people are working together. Air vents will be opened to maximise air flow where possible. Participants must not congregate in a polytunnel, greenhouse or other onsite indoor space, except the Bell Tent which will be vented at the sides at all times.

Disabled people and children and young people

We want the garden to be available to as many people as possible during this difficult time.  If you have any access requirements or need any assistance, please contact us.

Getting a rapid lateral flow test if you have no symptoms

If you have no symptoms and are not eligible for a PCR test for other reasons, you can order rapid lateral flow tests to be sent to your home.

If you’re not sure about different test types, you can find out which COVID-19 test you should get.