Coronavirus update- Wed 18th March


Dear All,

As you undoubtedly heard on the news; schools and Early Years settings
will be closing as of Friday, but will still be offering a service to
those who are Key Workers and vulnerable.  We will remain open until
Friday as usual. Further to this, we are awaiting clarification from The
Department of Education regarding Key Workers and will keep you updated
on the level of service we will be able to offer. We enclose an
attachment you may wish to share with your children.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.

Thank you for your continued support in these unknown times. We wish you
and your families the very best of health.

The Stepping Stones Team.

Dear all, (3/3/20)
Please find the latest information regarding Covid-19 (Coronavirus). Rest assured, children are a very low risk group but in order to keep our community safe we have introduced a policy of washing hands when you enter: children and adults. If you have any questions, please do ask.

Thank you,

Yesterday, the Coronavirus government action plan was launched. This document sets out what the UK as a whole has done to tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next.The action plan can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-planThe document includes:·         what we know about the virus and the disease it causes·         how we have planned for an infectious disease outbreak, such as the current coronavirus outbreak·         the actions we have taken so far in response to the current coronavirus outbreak·         what we are planning to do next, depending upon the course the current coronavirus outbreak takes·      the role the public can play in supporting this response, now and in the future.
Current advice remains in place: No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England. The importance of hygiene; Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.https://twitter.com/NHSuk/status/1235112744917049346Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at:https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-/resourcesSign up is quick, free and means you will be alerted as more resources are made available.Department for Education Coronavirus helplineOn Monday we launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)Where to find the latest informationUpdates on COVID-19:·        
 https://www.gov.uk/coronavirusGuidance for educational settings:·        
 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:·       
  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus