Mansfield nursery reveals plans for life after lockdown and what this will mean for children

Busy Bees has confirmed health and safety plans for its nurseries in Mansfield.

All children and staff will have their temperature checked upon arrival.
All children and staff will have their temperature checked upon arrival.

These will focus on dividing children into close friendship groups, limiting the number of people children come into contact with, reducing the space that children can explore and increasing the time spent outdoors.

All children and staff will have their temperature checked upon arrival, and those families waiting to enter the nursery will be asked to stand two metres apart at drop off and pick up.

Regular temperature checks for both children and team members will continue throughout the day, as will frequent handwashing and disinfecting of communal areas.

Overall, the nursery plans to keep life as close to normal for children, with team members advised to cuddle their children if they become upset during the day and to only wear face masks for temperature checks.

Emily Brimson-Keight, head of safety at Busy Bees, said: “There is much speculation about how life after lockdown could look in nurseries and schools, and parents are understandably very anxious.

“The biggest priority for us is, and always will be, the safety, welfare and happiness of the children in our care.

“That’s why we have been working hard behind the scenes to prepare to open all centres, including those in Mansfield, since they first went into lockdown, and we are constantly sharing ideas and looking at best practice to ensure personal and emotional wellbeing for children and team members.

“We’re committed to providing the best start in life for children, no matter the circumstances we find ourselves in.

“Now the lockdown is being relaxed, we’re keen to offer assurance and debunk the myths about the new normal for parents at this unique time, and are confident our plans ensure the safety and crucially, the development and happiness of children.”

As part of its plans for life after lockdown, Busy Bees will also continue its school readiness programme, for those children starting school this September using the time they still have left at nursery to prepare them for school.