Covid Response and Information

This page contains information about how Ladybirds Nursery is responding to the COVID 19 Pandemic. It will be regularly updated as Government and Local Authority guidance is released.


Ladybirds Nursery re-opened to all children on 1st June after the national lockdown. Very small bubbles were organised within each room. Every room has its own entrance and no parent is allowed into the nursery. All children and staff must wash hands on entry to the setting and frequently across the day. Extra hand wash basins and hand sanitiser stations have been installed. Toys are sanitised daily and all soft toys have been removed. From September 2020 room bubbles are in operation.


Visits from prospective parents cannot operate whilst the nursery is in operation but specific appointment times can be booked for Saturday mornings - the next viewing is 16th January 2021. 

Introduction of Lateral flow tests for PVI nurseries



The government has delivered lateral flow test kits for nursery staff for week beginning 22nd March. This means that at Ladybirds all staff will now be tested twice weekly, once with a lateral flow test and once with the DnaNudge (PCR) test (the latter has been used since January 2021.)

What Parents need to know about Early Years Providers



The government has updated its guidance on what parents need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19

This collection brings together information and guidance for parents on:

  • essential information for the spring term
  • coronavirus (COVID-19) testing
  • clubs and out-of-school settings
  • home schooling and remote education
  • support for children and young people


Mask wearing & staff covid testing



Due to national lockdown and rising local Covid cases all parents are required to wear a mask at pick up and drop off times.  Staff will also wear masks when talking to parents.  Feedback will be brief, parents are reminded to check Tapestry for more information about their child's activities.  


All staff are being tested weekly for Coronavirus.

Change in length of self-isolation period



The Government has updated their guidance on the self-isolation period for close contacts reducing from 14 days to 10 days. This is applicable from today.



Advice for Parents during Coronavirus



It can be confusing to know what to do when your child is unwell during the coronavirus pandemic. Remember that the NHS is still providing safe care.
GP practices and hospitals have made changes to help reduce the risk of infection. Only one parent/carer will be able to attend A&E with their child. Please use the hand sanitisers provided, wear a face covering in enclosed spaces and maintain social distancing. Remember: if your child is unwell, seek advice and medical attention.

Advice for Parents when their child is unwell during the pandemic
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Guidance on self isolation




Self-isolating means stay at home

Hertfordshire County Council has had some queries and issues raised around parents and carers allowing siblings who should be self-isolating attend or do the drop off/pick up at settings and schools.

Children and staff who have been asked to self-isolate as a close contact or as part of a bubble must stay at home and can only leave to get a test, for urgent medical assistance or in an emergency. 


Hertfordshire County Council has produced this reminder and guidance to anyone who is asked to self-isolate.


What is self isolation?
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Guidance for new national restrictions from 5th November 


New guidance has now been published  and includes details for:

  • Early years and childcare
  • Out of school activities & wraparound care


Travel advice and quarantine



As half-term approaches it’s important for everyone to remain informed of the latest Government travel guidance.

The list of countries with exemption is continuously changing, check the list:

Any staff or children who travel outside of the approved travel corridor must self-isolate at home for 14 days on their arrival back into the UK:

They may also have to self-isolate when they arrive at their destination.

Checking Children's temperatures 


There’s no need to take a child’s temperature every morning at your setting. Guidance states that

“PHE is clear that routinely taking the temperature of children is not recommended as this is an unreliable method for identifying coronavirus (COVID-19).”

You can find this in Section 3.3


Letter from Director of Public Health in Herts 

23 Sep 2020
Letter to parents and carers from Jim Mc[...]
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