Coronavirus Update

16 March 2020




We all have concerns about Coronavirus for our families, especially for our children, and for our friends, and for our colleagues, and for our neighbours.

We are monitoring the situation daily, and we constantly refer to the guidance provided by the Department of Health, Department of Education, NHS and Public Health England, the website update service, the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA).

We copy some extracts and summarise advice and guidance from these main advisory organisations in this information sheet, which we have prepared to help us all understand Coronavirus, and to highlight the actions we are all advised to take.

We are all susceptible to catching this virus, and those who do will have a mild-to-moderate, self-limiting illness, like seasonal flu.


The main symptoms of COVID-19 are a cough, a high temperature, and in severe cases shortness of breath.

The COVID-19 virus is only considered a danger to those with a decreased immune system, the elderly, and those with long term illnesses such as diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

Illness is less common and usually less severe in younger adults, and pregnant women are not more or less likely to be seriously affected than anyone else.

There is no evidence that children are more affected than other age groups, and very few cases have been reported in children, and illness is rare in people under 20 years of age. There is no evidence that people who do not have symptoms are infectious to others.

The majority of people with COVID-19 have recovered without the need for any specific treatment, as is the case for the common cold or seasonal flu. It is expected that the vast majority of cases will best be managed at home, as with seasonal colds and flu.

The advice for managing COVID-19 for most people is self-isolation at home and simple over-the-counter medicine for symptom relief.

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At Sunny Days we are ensuring that we continue to encourage your children to sneeze or cough into a tissue and dispose of used tissues into a bin, and hand wash, and if too late to grab a tissue because the sneeze or cough is sudden, then to cover mouth and sneeze or cough into hands, and then to wash hands thoroughly.

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If we all continue good hygienic practices and we increase hand washing, it is possible to limit the spread of the virus in the same way we would for colds and flu. For Coronavirus – wash your hands more often, for 20 seconds with soap and water. Or use hand sanitiser.

Advice from the NHS is to:

·         stay at home for 7 days if you have, either a high temperature, or a new continuous cough

·         wash your hands with soap and water often - do this for at least 20 seconds

·         do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean


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… also the NHS handwashing song – ‘how to wash your hands’ – ctrl + click:

Please refer to the Dorset Council update:


sunny days is open

Sunny Days continues to be open and operate as usual, with extra vigilance. On top of our usual daily cleaning procedures we have been ‘upping our game’ to ensure the settings are very clean and hygienic. Our Managers have also stocked up on all personal care items, such as nappies, wipes, hand sanitiser and toilet rolls! Sunny Days wish to support all local families to enable parents to carry on working throughout this difficult time.

We must all take extra precautions. Please follow the same guidance which we shared with you all on Friday afternoon.

• If your child has signs and symptoms of a new cough/cold and/or a fever, your child must not attend nursery for 7 days and we advise you to self-isolate.

• If your child develops a high temperature (over 37.7 degrees) then they must not be brought into nursery. Children who develop a temperature while in our care must be collected immediately. Please ensure that your contact information (mobile, work, home) are all up to date. We ask again that your child stays at home for 7 days and advise self-isolation.

Sunny Days Health & Safety Policy link:


We currently have no plans to close, and we would inform you immediately should that situation change.

Please see helplines below if you wish to seek further professional advice:

Government’s overall planned phases to respond to COVID-19 are

to Contain, Delay, Research, mitigate – you can find details on website:

The Department for Education has launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Parents can contact the helpline as follows: phone: 0800 046 8687, email: (opening hours: 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday)

Government advice is that if you have recently returned from Italy, Iran, China, South Korea then you should call NHS 111, stay indoors and avoid contact with people even if you do not have symptoms.

You can find the most up to date Public Government Guidance here:

If you believe you have been exposed to the virus, please call NHS 111 or use this link for their online service . DO NOT go to your local GP, Pharmacy or Hospital.
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