From September 2020, Riverside Nursery will predominantly operate in the outdoor environment as the risk of transmitting the COVID-19 virus is reduced outdoors. 

Staff will be supporting children to re-settle at nursery, or settle in if they are new to Riverside, and planning activities that interest them and meet their needs.  Initially, there will be an emphasis on the Prime areas of learning; Personal Social and Emotional development, Communication and Language and Physical Development, to ensure children feel confident and secure before we move onto further learning.  Being in the outdoor environment we will easily develop children’s knowledge of the world around them as well as maths using natural materials and of course, role play, creative arts and literacy can all be delivered outdoors.  Therefore, all areas of the curriculum will still be on offer.

Riverside Nursery School will be taking precautionary measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 disease in our setting.  We will be following guidelines based on Public Health England and Department for Education guidance for educational settings and their key workers.

We have a ‘system of controls’ and protective measures in place and we will ensure that staff understand how these will be implemented.

We share our ‘system of controls’ and protective measures with parents and carers so they will understand how this impacts them and their responsibilities in supporting it.

Riverside Operating Procedure

Risk Assessment

We have used the following set of actions to guide our decision making.

‘System of controls’

This is the set of actions early years settings must take. They are outlined in more detail below.


1) minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend settings

2) clean hands thoroughly more often than usual

3) ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach

4) introduce enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often using standard products, such as detergents and bleach

5) minimise contact between groups where possible

6) where necessary, wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)

Numbers 1 to 4 must be in place in all settings, all the time.

Number 5 must be properly considered, and settings must put in place measures that suit their particular circumstances.

Number 6 applies in all specific circumstances.

Response to any infection:

7) engage with the NHS Test and Trace process

8) manage confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the setting community

9) contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice

10) notify Ofsted

Numbers 7 to 10 must be followed in every case where they are relevant.

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