Our community, our country, our entire world has suffered so much over the last few months. All of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to the care and safety of you and your children.
Following the release of the Bundesamt für Gesundheit (BAG), the Swiss Association of Playgroup Managers (SSLV) have provided guidelines which need to be adhered to in order for playgroups to resume.
The Luus Muus preschool follows and exceeds these guidelines. Below we outline our regulations and procedures in order to operate a safe preschool for the children, families, our staff and our wider community following the COVID-19 crisis. We are working very hard to ensure the safety of all when we return on the 11th May.
- Avoid unnecessary physical contact, especially between adults (no shaking hands)
- Playgroup leaders will ensure that soap dispensers, disposable towels and disinfectants are available.
- All members of the playgroup (staff, children and families) must wash their hands regularly with soap and water. This is particularly important after arrival, before and after preparing and eating food and after coughing, sneezing, going to the toilet and changing nappies.
- Disinfectant spray will be used on arrival and dismissal and hands will be washed regularly with soap and water throughout the day. Moisturizing cream will be available in the playroom.
- Tissues, wet wipes, nappies etc will be disposed of in closed bins.
- As the virus can stick to surfaces and objects, playgroup leaders will regularly clean tables, door handles, taps, soap dispensers, hand rails, toilet flushers and other surfaces and objects that are often touched.
- All children will have their own named plate and cup for snack and lunch.
- The playroom will be aired regularly to ensure sufficient exchange of air.
- Playgroup leaders and children who have any of the following symptoms: coughing, shortness of breath with or without fever, neck pain or taste disturbances, feverish sensation or muscle pain are required to stay home. Should symptoms develop during preschool time, caregivers will be called for immediate pickup. Children can return to the preschool once they have been symptom-free for 48 hours.
- Additionally we have ordered UVC lights which will be installed as soon as they arrive.
Small children cannot and should not be cared for at a distance. This would be incompatible with the welfare of the child. The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) has regularly stressed that children do not play a decisive role in the spread of the virus.
- Excursions and parent events must be avoided at the moment.
- In order to keep the number of people in the premises as small as possible, parents accompany their children to the garden fence outside the playroom. Once we see you with your child at the fence we will come out to meet your child.
- For the time being lunch will be served in the playroom. At dismissal, parents are to wait at the fence outside the playroom. We will bring your child outside once we have seen you.
- Communication with parents will be conducted at a distance of 2 metres outside of the playroom or by telephone or e-mail.
- We ask that children do not bring anything additional to the playroom e.g. no bag, toys, dressing up clothes, food etc.
- To prevent the need for a bag, on the week starting 11th May we will have named zip lock bags available for the children’s spare clothes and if applicable nappies and wipes. These will stay in the playroom until the end of term. This is an attempt to limit the number of things being brought to and from the playroom.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this crisis. We very much look forward to seeing you again and welcoming your children back!
Nadia & Jenni