Covid 19 Safety

You feeling safe and comfortable is my priority when attending a Baby Steps course.  These guidelines apply to courses at Baby Steps HQ and to those taking place in people’s homes.  Courses continue to run online. 

 

I am working to extremely strict hygiene and infection control measures to minimise any infection risk, adhering to Covid19 social distancing measures with enhanced infection control measures.  These guidelines will be reviewed as Government guidance changes.

 

Your Health

If you or anyone in your household is unwell or displaying any of the symptoms of Covid19 please do not attend the course and we will reschedule. 

 

For more information on the symptoms of Covid19 and Government guidelines on what to do in terms of testing and isolating please see the NHS and Government Guidelines.

 

Should anyone in the household test positive to Covid19 please inform me as soon as possible so I can follow track and trace guidance.

 

Infection Control

  • It is kindly asked you wear a mask until each household is settled 2m apart.  It is a personal choice if you wish to continue to wear the mask throughout the course, however a face voering is required on arrival until settled in your spot, in communal areas and on exit.

  • Anti-bacterial wipes and spray will be provided to each household for use throughout the courses.

  • Handwashing is advised on arrival and throughout the course. 

  • There will be no sharing of any equipment or passing around of the demonstration kit.  All equipment will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitised after the course.  Please bring your own blankets and comforts as you wish. 

  • On arrival, I will check if everyone and those in their household are well.  If anyone has respiratory Covid19 symptoms such as a new continuous cough and/or a temperature >37.8 C, they will be asked to go home and follow the Government and NHS guidelines. 

  • As everyone arrives I will ask them to wash and thoroughly sanitise their hands and throughout the course.

  • Everyone will need to maintain physical distancing throughout the entire course unless everyone is correctly wearing a suitable face covering. 

  • Everyone will have their own 'nest' in the Baby Steps Studio with a mat, chair and home comforts.  I do not run more than one class a week in the Studio all equipment will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitised.

 

Manikins in the First Aid course

  • Everyone will have their own baby manikin during the First Aid course – there will be no sharing of equipment.

  • After every household uses a Baby Anne manikin the person/ household using the manikin will remove the airway and dispose of it in the bag provided as guided by me and then disposed of themselves. 

  • The ONLY exception to sharing of any equipment is the child 'Junior' manikins.  These have a one-way valve which stops air coming back out of the manikin's mouth and direct expired air out of the back of the head via a filter.  Baby Steps replaces the one-way air flow, valved lungs extremely regularly as per infection control advice and the Junior manikins will be thoroughly cleaned between users with alcohol wipes.  

  • Alcohol/ sanitising wipes will be used to clean the manikins during the classes.

  • In the current climate, everyone will have a personal CPR face shield to provide double failsafe protection.  The face-shield should be facing the same way up each time. The manikin’s nose should be covered with the fingers and thumb as usual through the face shield.

  • We have been advised that these steps alone are sufficient to prevent infection.  The Health and Safety Executive and Consultant Microbiologists at NHS England have approved these measures as being sufficient to kill Covid19.

 

Course Sizes

  • Course numbers will be very limited to ensure those attending can have a 2m distance to another household at the Baby Steps HQ.

  • Everyone will need to adhere to social distancing so when booking a home course please bear this in mind if other households are joining. I will discuss this with you and undertake a risk assessment to ensure it is suitable for the agreed number of attendees to maintain a safe distance from each other whilst undertaking the sedentary and practical elements of the courses.  If on arrival, I have any concerns that I or the attendees are likely to be at risk because of the course set up I will raise this with you before commencing training.

 

Disposal of nappies and waste

It is kindly asked that each household disposes of their own nappies, masks, wipes or any other potentially contaminated waste.  Bags will be provided for this. 

 

Refreshments

We kindly ask people provide their own refreshments at this time.  Hot drinks ideally need to have a lockable lid to reduced risk of burns.  I look forward to spoiling you with lovely refreshments at Baby Steps HQ as guidelines allow!

 

Toilets

When using the toilet at Baby Steps HQ it is kindly asked you use the disposable towels provided and use the anti-bacterial wipes provided to wipe down the loo flush, door handle, tap and lock. 

 

When using the toilet in people’s homes thorough hand washing will be carried out plus any individual household requests with regard to hygiene by those attending the course. 

 

 

If you have any queries about these Guidelines or safety on a Baby Steps course please do not hesitate to contact me,

 

Katherine Whitby

22nd September 2020

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