Advice for Staff

Advice for Staff

Find guidance about coronavirus (COVID-19) for Bright Horizons staff.

As with any health concern, we want to ensure we are minimising the impact and reducing the possibility of exposure for children, families and staff in appropriate ways within our nurseries, offices and Back-Up Care network. 

We have policies to protect against the spread of any serious disease, including infection control, and we closely monitor and follow guidance from the relevant Public Health agencies, as well as the World Health Organisation and local health authorities.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, are suspected of having COVID-19 or are self-isolating, please inform your Bright Horizons Line Manager at the earliest opportunity. Please do not attend work, including Back-Up Care bookings.

 

Updated: Thursday 6th August 2020

 

What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19

What to do if someone in your household is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (i.e. a new continuous cough or a high temperature or A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia))?

What to do if you have been exposed to someone who is suspected of having or has been confirmed with having COVID-19

How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus (social distancing)

Testing

Travel Advice

Additional Advice and Information

 


What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19

If you are presenting one of the symptoms listed below, please inform your Line Manager at the earliest opportunity and self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days:

  • high temperature, which Public Heath has confirmed is 37.8◦c or above; or
  • new, continuous cough. This means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual). or
  • A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).

You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 10 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency, dial 999

Staying at home and self-isolating is important in stopping the virus from spreading and protecting our nursery children, families and staff members. If you are self-isolating, please do not enter a nursery, Back-Up Care family home or office for this period.

Please follow the stay at home guidance which provides advice regarding testing. We would encourage people with symptom(s) to be tested.

https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/

https://gov.wales/self-isolation-stay-home-guidance-households-possible-coronavirus

 

What to do if someone in your household is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (i.e. a new continuous cough or high temperature or loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia))?

If one person in your household has a new continuous cough or high temperature, everyone living there must stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days. Please inform your Line Manager at the earliest opportunity and do not enter a nursery, office or Back-Up Care family home.

Please follow the stay at home guidance which provides advice regarding testing. 

https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/

https://gov.wales/self-isolation-stay-home-guidance-households-possible-coronavirus

 

What to do if you have been exposed to someone who is suspected of having or has been confirmed with having COVID-19

If you believe you have been exposed to someone who is suspected of having Covid-19, please do not enter a nursery, Back-Up Care family home or office and inform your Line Manager at the earliest opportunity. Bright Horizons Health and Safety Team will then consult with the Health Protection Teams to determine if any further action needs to be taken.

If you have been in contact with someone who is Covid-19 positive, please do not enter a nursery, Back-Up Care family home or office and inform your Line Manager at the earliest opportunity. You should be contacted through the test and trace system and then self-isolate for 14 days. Refer to the links in the testing section for further information.

 

How to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19

Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading. For more information, please refer to the NHS Guidance.

You can also find out more Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

https://www.gov.scot/publications/covid-shielding/

https://gov.wales/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-people-defined-on-medical-grounds-as-extremely-vulnerable-from-coronavirus-covid-19-html

https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19-physical-distancing

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-phase-1-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others/

  

Testing

Please note the following links to the government advice regarding testing

England

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested

Scotland

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-test-trace-isolate-support/pages/3/

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested/

 Wales

https://gov.wales/test-trace-protect-coronavirus

https://gov.wales/apply-coronavirus-test

Northern Ireland

https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/covid-19-coronavirus/testing-and-tracing-covid-19

Republic of Ireland

https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/testing/how-to-get-tested.html

 

Travel Advice 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers

https://www.transport.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/transport-transition-plan/advice-on-how-to-travel-safely/

https://gov.wales/coronovirus-travel

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-overview-and-advice

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/e885b2-covid-19-coronavirus-travel-advice/

If you are planning to travel in the coming months, please visit the dedicated government webpages (listed above) for the latest news and advice. You can also visit Fit for Travel, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (UK) and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Republic of Ireland).

If you’re a resident or visitor travelling to the UK, you must follow the attached advice:

https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control

There are different self-isolation rules and penalties depending on whether you are travelling to:

When you do not need to self-isolate

You may not need to self-isolate for 14 days if you’re travelling from some countries or territories.

You still have to provide your journey and contact details.

These countries or territories are different depending on whether you’re travelling to:

You’ll still need to self-isolate if you’ve visited or made a ‘transit stop’ in the previous 14 days in any country that is not on the list. A ‘transit stop’ is a stop where passengers can get on or off a coach, ferry, train or plane. Your ticket should say if a stop is a transit stop.

The 14 days begin from the date you left that country.

When you do not need to provide your details or self-isolate in the UK

You do not need to complete the form or self-isolate if you’re travelling from one of the following places, and you were there for 14 days or more:

  • Ireland
  • the Channel Islands
  • the Isle of Man

There are other reasons why you might not need to complete the form or self-isolate. Read the list of who does not need to complete the form or self-isolate.

Additional Advice and Information

For the latest information, guidance and advice on COVID-19, including self-isolating, please visit the dedicated government webpages regularly.

England: NHS and UK Government Response

Scotland: NHS Inform Scotland and Scottish Government

Northern Ireland: Public Health Agency and Department for Health

Republic of Ireland: Health Service Executive and Irish Government

 

The advice from Public Health is evolving on a regular basis and we will keep you updated regarding any further major developments as we receive them.