White Rock Pre-school

at Hookhills Community Centre. Let's learn & play !

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Covid -19 Risk Assessment


Describe the

Hazard & Potential Consequences

What are you already doing to control the risk

Risk Factor

What else (if anything) do you need to do to control the risk


Changes to building use being safe for pupils & staff

Only children and staff who are symptom free or have completed the required isolation period can enter the building. 



Using and monitoring new practices to reduce risk of Covid-19 transmission

All staff signposted to new COVID-19 Flowchart for educational Settings.

Any updates or briefings that are required are giving daily..



Ventilation to reduce spread

Open windows and prop doors open, where safe to do so (bearing in mind fire safety, security, and safeguarding).



Management of waste

Ensure bins are emptied throughout the day.

If any person entering the setting uses a disposable

facemask they must take this away with them and not

dispose it on the premises.



Activities to take place outdoors in line with social distancing

Decide which activities can take place outdoors and utilise outdoor space as much as possible and as often as possible.




Minimise contact with individuals who are unwell

Ensure that all staff and parents have clear guidance to ensure that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school

stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection




Parents wanting meetings

Encourage parents to phone pre-school and make telephone appointments if they wish to discuss their child or safety measures (try and avoid all face to face meetings where possible)



Parents gathering at school gate not social distancing

Make clear to parents that they cannot gather at entrance gates or doors or enter the site (unless they have a pre-arranged appointment, which should be conducted safely. Release children to their parent/carer as they arrive to avoid mass grouping in the outside area.



Spread of virus due to increased numbers of people within the building.

Inform parents that if their child needs to be accompanied to school only one parent should attend.

Keep the room well ventilated at all times.



Communications to parents and staff

Maintain good communication with parents via e-mail, ensuring any updates are shared and to minimise any parental confusion and anxiety. Ensure staff are briefed daily if needed and have a forum for raising concerns and issues.



Contaminated surfaces spreading virus.

Remove unnecessary items from classrooms and other learning environments where there is space to store it elsewhere. Regular cleaning.  Remove items such as play dough, sand and soft furnishings and toys from early years setting to reduce contact surfaces. Follow government cleaning guidance if a someone becomes ill with suspected COVID-19 at the setting



COVID-19: cleaning of non-healthcare settings guidance.



Using play equipment - multiple use

Appropriately cleaned between groups of children.



Sufficient handwashing facilities for staff and pupils

Ensure sinks are in full working order, soap dispensers are full and regular cleaning is carried out throughout the day.



Handwashing practice with children

Review the guidance on hand cleaning and introduce handwashing songs for younger children.  Ensure that help is available for children and young people who have trouble cleaning their hands independently. Member of staff to supervise handwashing as the children enter Pre-school and at all busy times.

 See guidance and resources available at:




Toilets being overcrowded

Limit the number of children or young people who use the toilet facilities at one time. Visiting the toilet one after the other if necessary.



Accessing testing arrangements are clear for all staff

Access to testing is already available to all essential workers


https://bit.ly/2VqU4Ue - Local testing




Conditions for use of fluid resistant face mask and other equipment when dealing with a symptomatic child are clear and understood by staff.

If a child becomes unwell with symptoms of coronavirus while in their setting a face mask should be worn by the supervising adult as 2 metres cannot be maintained.





Dealing with suspected and confirmed cases / cases

Follow government guidance on what happens if someone becomes ill and what happens if there is a confirmed case of coronavirus in a setting



Guidance for full opening: schools (2/7/20)


Ensure accurate records of staff and pupils are maintained to enable public health contact tracking and test regimes.

As in usual practice, in an emergency call 999 if someone is seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk.  Anyone with Corona Virus / Covid 19 symptoms should not visit the GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre or a hospital.


Any staff member who helped someone with symptoms and any pupils who have been in close contact with them do not need to go home to self-isolate unless they develop symptoms themselves (in which case they should arrange a test) or if the symptomatic person subsequently tests positive or they have been requested to do so by NHS test and trace.




Member of a class becoming unwell with COVID19

If a child is awaiting collection, they will be moved to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door, depending on the age of the child and with appropriate adult supervision if required. Ideally, a window should be opened for ventilation. If it is not possible to isolate them, move them to an area which is at least 2 metres away from other people. Allocate a suitable room for this purpose and communicate intentions to staff. 

Ensure suitable PPE (including fluid resistant face mask) is available at this location. 



Parents entering the pre-school

Inform parents, carers or any visitors, not to enter the setting if they are displaying any symptoms of coronavirus. Inform all parents, carers or visitors that they will ONLY be allowed access to the building if they are wearing a suitable facemask. A record will be kept of who has entered the building if needed for any Test and Trace protocols.



Continually review the steps put in place to ensure they remain effective and maintain communication with staff.

Risk assessment published on school website.

Nominated employees tasked to monitoring protection measures.

Employees encourage to report any non compliance.

This risk assessment will be reviewed if the risk level changes and/or in light of updated guidance.