MUDDY FEET® Update 28/02/21 limited numbers in holiday clubs and tots groups, restarting after March 28th, No parties running, training courses running after 29th March. Online courses till running. Family days and parties expected to return in Summer 2021
Update 06/02/21
Currently only online programmes and training running due to lockdown3, awaiting further Government guidelines.
Update 24/06/20
We are now taking bookings for the Muddy Explorers holiday club and for the training courses, these will be run in 'bubbles' with Covid 19 security in place. For details on our procedures please see below. All bookings are subject to changes in Government guidelines and any need for staff to self isolate. All bookings made will be eligible for full refunds if there is lock down or a need to self isolate. Anyone showing symptoms , vulnerable or shielding will be asked not too attend. 
We are currently unable to run parties,  or family days. These will be reviewed as Government guidance gets updated. 


1.1 Purpose
The government is slowly releasing lockdown and reopening the country during the coronavirus pandemic. Industries and schools are returning to work from the 1st of June 2020 subject to having appropriate protective measures in place. The government has suggested that people ‘ move activity outdoors if you can’. Infection control remains a priority including the need to protect and shield the vulnerable. Government policy could still change at anytime depending on how the disease progresses. This policy takes account of current Government guidelines and how it applies to Muddy Feet® activities and working practice.
1.2 Scope
This policy applies to all Muddy Feet® staff, volunteers and freelance staff and all activities including training courses, family events, parties, and holiday clubs.
1.3 Government guidance
This policy has be created with reference to the following Government guidelines
Our plan to rebuild: the UK Governments Covid 19 recovery strategy
Guidance actions for education and child care settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020
Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak Updated 5 June 2020
Guidance Coronavirus (Covid 19): implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings.
Guidance Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak Updated 3 June 2020
Guidance for the public on the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers
HSE Working Safely during the coronavirus outbreak – a short guide.
This should be read in conjunction with our Covid 19 risk benefit assessment and the Covid 19 assessment tool and activity risk assessments and other Muddy Feet policies and procedures.
2.0 General
All activity is consistent with Government guidelines regarding health , social distancing and hygiene
2m social distance maintained where possible
Equipment disinfected regularly
Anyone who is symptomatic or suspects they have been exposed to the virus does not take part and remains at home
Communicating what we are doing to manage risk to individuals,
Completion of a Covid 19 risk assessments
Publishing an action plan detailing what we are doing to reopen safely and the steps we are taking
Flexibility to strengthen or reduce measures in line with government guidelines
Limit on gatherings currently 6 , unless members of same households
Booking to be taken in advance online
Cleaning protocols in place using cleaning products or bleach
Use of signs and posters of good hand washing techniques, avoid touching face and cough or sneeze into arms
Providing hand sanitiser in multiple locations
Clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets including social distancing
Providing waste facilities and frequent rubbish collection
Use of paper towels for hand drying
Minimising use of portable toilets
Providing PPE where needed
if staff have symptoms (cough high temp) staff and household should self isolate at home
Cleaning hands for 20 seconds more often
Minimising contact through layout , activities, and timetables (staggered break times)
if a child, young person or other learner becomes unwell with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) while in their setting and needs direct personal care until they can return home. A fluid-resistant surgical face mask should be worn by the supervising adult if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained. If contact with the child or young person is necessary, then disposable gloves, a disposable apron and a fluid-resistant surgical face mask should be worn by the supervising adult. If a risk assessment determines that there is a risk of splashing to the eyes, for example from coughing, spitting, or vomiting, then eye protection should also be worn
Shielded and clinically vulnerable not to attend, over 70’s and pregnant ladies and staff who face same
Mix in small and consistent groups
Groups of 15 with one teacher (support of another assistant if needed)
rearrange sitting positions 2m apart on courses
Remote learning where possible
Cleaning of equipment between groups and multiple groups not using equipment simultaneously
Communicate young people, parents, carer, visitors, staff, suppliers not to enter if displaying symptoms.
Only one parent attending with children who need to be accompanied
No group gatherings at entrance / exits
Talk to staff about plans, safety measures, timetables, arrival and departure times, Risk assessments.
Keep cohorts together, no mixing in day or subsequent days
Clean surfaces that are touched more regularly than normally
Limit use of equipment
no take home resources
Prevent sharing of stationary, equipment
Contact tracing app
Positive test – group advised to isolate for 14 days, other household members of children do not need to isolate unless develop symptoms
Identification of new safeguarding concerns , following safeguarding policy, communicate this to staff, Mental health awareness of staff and attendees
2.1 Holiday clubs
Send staff home immediately if they are displaying symptoms of Coronavirus. Staff should then follow the current guidelines on isolation.
If a child arrives displaying symptoms of coronavirus, they should be separated from the rest of the children and their parents should be contacted to collect them immediately. If the member of staff caring for this child is not able to maintain a distance of 2 metres, then personal protective equipment should be used – eg disposable apron, mask and gloves. These should be disposed of following government guidelines.
When the children arrives the first thing they should do is wash their hands with soap, for a minimum of 20 seconds. Send the children one by one, to help maintain social distancing – if possible keep the children outside until it is their turn to go and wash their hands.
Sessions are outdoors
Discourage children from touching each other and avoid activities that would bring children into close proximity for extended periods (eg playing inside dens, working together on the same model, reading a book together, etc).
Keep the children in their existing small groups within your club, and discourage the groups from mixing.
Individual groups should use the same area of a setting, as much as possible, throughout the session.
Encourage children to wash their hands regularly, throughout the session, especially after going to the toilet, before and after eating, after coughing or sneezing.
Have tissues readily available for use, when sneezing, and dispose of these, in a lidded bin, immediately after use. If tissues aren’t available, children should be encouraged to cough or sneeze into the crook their arm.
Discourage children from touching their faces.
Snacks should be taken in rotation, to prevent children from sitting too close together.
If the children usually prepare their own snacks, consider having a member of staff serve food to individual children instead, to reduce the risk of the food from becoming contaminated.
Ensure that frequently-touched surfaces, such as handles, toys are regularly cleaned with anti-bacterial spray or wipes, before, during and after each session.
Remove toys that are difficult to clean.
Remove all soft toys and unnecessary soft furnishings, such as cushions and rugs.
Try to reduce the sharing of toys and equipment between groups. Ensure that toys and equipment that are shared between groups can be easily cleaned between use.
Don’t allow visitors
2.2 Training courses
Covid Protocols implemented as outlined above
Training courses can be cancelled or delayed at short notice, trainees will be contacted and other dates offered
Blended learning opportunities and online tutorials available
Current trainees have an extensions of 6 months to their portfolio submission
For a copy of the full policy please get in touch. 
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