As we all know COVID 19 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 is paramount to reducing the risk of transmission at Paint Pots. Our already rigorous cleaning procedures have been strengthened even further.
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.
While social distancing is in effect we will be running a reduced timetable and limiting class sizes.
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. The class will flow from one activity to the next, keeping the children engaged through the classes extended period of time.
Our classes are currently limited to 8 families per class.
Although class spaces will be limited to begin with. As soon as government guidance allows and it is safe enough to do so, we will expand the class spaces available.
To follow current government guidance we will be adjusting some of the classroom activities we offer.
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.
Adults will be asked to maintain social distance while at Paint Pots. Both in the buggy area and in the classroom.
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.
Good respiratory hygiene
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.
Stay home if you are unwell
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.
Eating & drinking
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.
No snack time is offered in our afternoon Toddler Art & Music 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.