Nest Nurturing Futures Coronavirus Policy.   Date: 11/06/21

Nest Nurturing Futures aims to protect all clients and will follow all the necessary requirements in doing so.

  1. Restricted Numbers

All events will have a restricted number of people attending.

We are currently in Level 1 and will follow government guidelines.

Current advise states  ” We are not advising a maximum limit on the number of persons that are permitted at any one time, as the size and capacity of venues will vary. However, providers must ensure that the number of persons they allow in their venues or where their service is delivered, at one time can be safely accommodated with physical distancing in place. This should include users, carers, staff, volunteers and any other visitors, such as delivery persons or contractors.”

Due to risk of the land- pond, river, road, big space, opportunity of getting lost, fire etc, parents must attend the session unless it has been previously agreed that children can be left in the care of staff (maximum 4 children per session only for specific sessions). Parents get as much out of the sessions as the children and Nests events are about intergenerational play and building up a community of families of all ages. This is vital for wellbeing and the risk of loneliness and mental ill health is far greater than coronavirus once all our preventative measures are in place. There are also many attendees with additional support needs to make our sessions inclusive then parents or carers can attend.

Our space has plenty capacity to host hundreds of people and maintain physical distancing. 

How ever we have decided to limit the amount of families to 30 families. If 30 families attend the session then we will make sure there are separate activities happening in different areas of the venue to avoid close gatherings. 

Maximum of 15 adults when doing fire circle or fire cooking/workshop within the forest area at one time. 

  1. Spacing and ventilation.

The site we have is completely outdoors with one shelter that has 3 walls.

The site is exceptionally large with multiple different areas. 2 metres apart you could fit on site hundreds of people. Event numbers will never reach any where near the capacity of the site. Therefore, space is not an issue on site.

For the shelter it is advised that no more than two adults enter at one time keeping 2 metres distance. There is adequate ventilation in this space as it is open to the elements and only has three walls. There is enough space for 4 adults to enter the shelter and keep 2 metres distance.

At the fire circle, adults must sit 2 metres apart. Only 1 adult within the fire circle at all times.

Anyone above the age of 12 is required to socially distance from anyone also over the age of 12 who is not within their household.

Children under 12 do not have to social distance.

  1. Hygiene

There are two hand washing stations on site, one at the shelter and one at the toilet.

There are also hand sanitising gel at various points on site.

Nest recommends that everyone washes or sanitises their hands on arrival, when entering a new area of the site, before and after use of any equipment, before and after eating and before they leave.

There are also antiviral wipes that can be used on surfaces and on hands. These are placed around the site and encouraged the use of these when using, specifically equipment. Staff uses these wipes between sessions to sanitise any equipment and the toilet.

There is a purple box marked with a C known as the ‘Covid box’. Any used equipment is placed into these boxes and then washed with washing up liquid and warm water or sanitised.

  1. Symptoms

Anyone who is unwell in anyway is advised not to attend Nest Nurturing Futures events unless they have a negative covid test result. If they have symptoms of coronavirus then they are required to book a test and self-isolate following the government recommendations.

Symptoms include:

  1. New continuous cough
  2. High temperature (37.5 degrees Celsius and above)
  3. Loss or change in taste and/or smell.

Unfortunately, because we are solely outdoors thermometers to check temperature does not work due to wind and cold air.  We therefore require parents to check children’s temperature and their own temperature before arrival.

If someone were to develop these symptoms during a session, we would require them to leave the sessions self-isolate and book a test.

If someone from a session were to gain a positive test results, we would close the business for 1 week unless we were told specifically from the NHS to self-isolate in which we would close for the duration of the self-isolation period. Unless the member of staff developed covid, then we would close until that staff member has completed the self-isolation period, has a negative test result and no more symptoms.

Any member of staff is required to use lateral flow tests at home at least once a week.

  1. Equipment

We now ask that all attendees if possible, bring their own equipment.

Specially cups, plates, utensils, snacks, flint and steel, tarp, pens, paper, PVA glue, baskets etc.

We are aware that not everyone who attends our sessions has access to this (or may forget) and therefore to be inclusive to all needs we will also provide this equipment.

As previously mentioned in section 3 we have our hygiene policy on how to keep equipment used sanitised and clean.

  1. First Aid

If first aid needs to be done on anyone above the age of 12, masks will be required as well as gloves to stay safe during covid. However, this will be assessed according to the situation. If in event of emergency the first aider will do everything to keep the attendee safe and if it is in the best interest of the attendee, then the first aider will act quickly, and this may mean there will not be time to put on PPE or PPE may not be appropriate (i.e. CPR). If PPE is appropriate but the first aider had to act quickly then the first aider can request help from another attendee to pass them a mask and gloves if it is safe to do so.

  1. Track and Trace

All attendees must sign in to track and trace at the beginning of the session. The form will be in the shelter. Attendees must use the hand sanitiser gel before and after signing the document. There will also be wipes to wipe the pen before and after use.  All attendees also required to fill in a registration form, so we have contact details on hand.

  1. Payments

Payments are requested to be done online via our booking system on our website or through PayPal or through bank transfer. We understand that not everyone has access to this so therefore we do accept cash payments to be more inclusive, but we do not recommend this method.