Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) update
Deliveries of PPE resources i.e. gloves, hand sanitiser and aprons have been taking place to providers during the last week and we wish to say ‘thank you’ to you all for your ‘measured’ approach when offered resources. This has been fully appreciated.
Going forward we are waiting to hear what will be happening in Sunday’s Government announcement in relation to future PPE requirements and we will update you once more is known. In the interim, we have received a couple of queries from practitioners about what PPE resources are required.
You may wish to view the latest policy and guidance from Devon County Council: Personal protective equipment (PPE) for the COVID-19 pandemic – guide for staff working within local authority, education, community and social care settings
Page 17 of the document specifically refers to staff working in education and early years settings where there are no symptomatic children or staff at the setting (as they are at home self-isolating) BUT staff may be UNABLE to maintain 2 metres social distancing. It outlines whether staff should use aprons, gloves, face masks and hand hygiene. Face masks are not a requirement for the role.
Furthermore, please see guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19):Implementing social distancing in education and childcare settings
The section ‘Protection and cleanliness in schools and childcare settings’ specifically covers PPE and states:
Childcare practitioners do not need PPE. They should care for children as normal, although increasing the frequency of handwashing (and always doing so before and after, for example, feeding children or changing nappies) and cleaning of surfaces and toys. Soft toys should not be shared between children. If a child displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), they should not come to the setting, or should be sent home with their parents/carers if symptoms arise during the day. Staff should clean as normal after this.