Support for Full Daycare and School Aged Childcare Settings (Excluding Childminders) who wish to open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Trust Early Years Teams wish to support daycare providers to re-open their childcare settings as quickly and as safely as possible during COVID19.
On 30th July 2020 the Department of Health announced that children must continue to be cared for in groups but that the maximum number of 12 children in a group was removed and that providers could now revert to their pre COVID19 Certificate of Registration in relation to number of children they could provide care to.
For providers who have not already opened during COVID19 this form (available to download at Related Documents below) serves as a request to Trusts for reactivation of registration for settings that temporarily closed during COVID19. This must be submitted and approved before a provider re-opens.
Providers should be fully cognisant of the detail of the most recent Department of Health guidance, COVID-19 Guidance for Childcare Settings (Daycare and School – age Childcare Settings).
You should also ensure that staff working within your setting have completed COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control for Childcare Settings Interactive Digital Learning Course produced by the Childcare Partnerships in collaboration with the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) and available on https://learningzone.niscc.info/learning-resources/124/covid-19-infection-prevention-and-control-training-resource-for-childcare-settings or via the link on www.childcarepartnerships.hscni.net. You and your staff should also be familiar with the latest up to date guidance from the Public Health Agency (PHA) and the Department of Health (DoH).
You should also read any other guidance relating to providing childcare during COVID19. All relevant guidance can be found on www.familysupportni.gov.uk.
To support childcare providers in re-opening, the Childcare Partnerships have developed a sample COVID-19 Risk Assessment Template and some prompts to help address the risks associated with and related to coronavirus: Covid-19 Risk Assessment Template