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Please read this information before completing this risk assessment.
This is a model risk assessment and must be adapted to reflect the significant hazards and control measures present in your site to allow the safe return of children and staff to your childcare setting. This is a live document, and it must be continuously reviewed alongside the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) government guidance. It must also be read alongside existing risk assessments and health and safety arrangements for your setting.
The control measures listed are prompts and will not necessarily reflect those in all establishments and you must adapt it by adding (or removing) and outlining in detail the control measures as appropriate to your establishment.
Please report suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) to the local Public Health England (PHE) Health Protection team on 0300 303 8162 (press Option 1, Option 1). This will enable you to discuss the outbreak control measures that are needed and the information to be communicated to others.
This document is to remain under constant review due to the fast-changing nature of Department for Education (DfE)/government guidance in response to the challenges posed by coronavirus (COVID-19).
This risk assessment is generic and each childcare provider is responsible for reviewing and amending to ensure it is applicable to their setting. This risk assessment should be read alongside Devon guidance Early Years-reopening 1st June (need to link to doc).
This return to childcare risk assessment is based on the principles and guidance contained within DfE guidance for coronavirus (COVID-19):
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for schools and other-educational settings
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) early years and childcare closures
|Child care provider:|
|Date assessment completed:|
Movement of persons around the setting
|Entrance and exit to childcare setting causing people to congregate compromising social distancing|
|Travel and outings|
|Increased numbers during breaks compromising social distancing|
|Increased numbers during lunchtime compromising social distancing|
|Spread of virus due to increased numbers of people within the building|
|Inadequate social distancing measures leading to spread of the virus|
Premises related matters
|Changes to building use being safe for pupils and staff – e.g. storage, one-way systems, floor tape|
|First aid procedures – reduced numbers of first aiders and paediatric first aider|
|Water hygiene – management of legionella (where appropriate)|
|Using and monitoring new practices to reduce risk of Covid-19 transmission|
|Staff rooms and offices to comply with social distancing and safe working practice|
|Ventilation to reduce spread|
|Management of waste|
|Activities to take place outdoors in line with social distancing|
Cleaning and reducing contamination
|Using play equipment – multiple-use|
|Shared resources and equipment increasing spread|
|Contaminated surfaces spreading virus|
|Cleaning staff and hygiene contractor’s capacity – providing additional requirements|
|Sufficient hand washing facilities for staff and children|
|Additional time for staff and children to carry out hand washing|
|Hand washing practice with children|
|Sufficient supplies of soap and cleaning products|
|Toilets being overcrowded|
Staff related issues
|Inadequate training for Managers on completion of RA for COVID-19, leading to anxiety and lack of the reassurance needed for staff|
|Insufficient staff capacity to deal with increased numbers of children – Shortage of staff to maintain EYFS ratios|
|Anxiety levels of staff and community causing breakdown in staffing ratios, compromising group sizes|
|Staff understanding of new changes – safe practice at the setting|
|Accessing testing arrangements are clear for all staff|
|Conditions for use of fluid resistant face mask and other equipment when dealing with a symptomatic child are clear and understood by staff|
|Assessment of all staff, including high risk staff with vulnerable / shielding family member, underlying health conditions or other risk factors|
|Staff use of PPE|
|Use of PPE / lack of understanding|
|Dealing with suspected and confirmed cases|
Child related issues
|Children with EHCP|
|Children unable to follow guidance|
|Specific issues for EY stage children understanding social distancing|
|Vulnerable groups who are clinically, extremely vulnerable|
|Member of a bubble group becoming unwell with COVID-19|
|Travel to setting and provision of safe transport|
|School Transport arrangements support changes to school times|
Provision of food
|Kitchen facilities comply with latest COVID-19 guidance to reduce risk of infection/contamination|
|Food that is able to be prepared on premises is compliant with COVID-19 health and hygiene guidance|
|Catering staff are operating in a safe environment|
Communications with parents and others
|Parents, contractors and other staff entering or working in the setting|
|Suppliers understanding and complying with new arrangements|
|Communications to parents and staff|
|Parent aggression due to anxiety and stress|
Manager/owner recommendations – Additional control measures or actions
|Section||List Actions / Additional Control Measures||Date action to be carried out||Person Responsible|
The outcome of this assessment should be shared with the relevant staff.
A copy of the completed assessment to be kept on file and copied to the Health and Safety Co-ordinator.