3. Keep occupied spaces well ventilated
When your setting is in operation, it is important to ensure it is well ventilated and that a comfortable childcare or learning environment is maintained.
You should identify any poorly ventilated spaces as part of your risk assessment and take steps to improve fresh air flow in these areas.
Mechanical ventilation is a system that uses a fan to draw fresh air, or extract air from a room. These should be adjusted to increase the ventilation rate wherever possible and checked to confirm that normal operation meets current guidance and that only fresh outside air is circulated.
If possible, systems should be adjusted to full fresh air or, if this is not possible, then systems should be operated as normal as long as they are within a single room and supplemented by an outdoor air supply.
Where mechanical ventilation systems exist, you should ensure that they are maintained in accordance with the manufacturers’ recommendations.
Opening external windows can improve natural ventilation, and in addition, opening internal doors can also assist with creating a throughput of air. If necessary, external opening doors may also be used (if they are not fire doors and where safe to do so).
You should balance the need for increased ventilation while maintaining a comfortable temperature.
The Health and Safety Executive guidance on air conditioning and ventilation during the coronavirus outbreak and CIBSE COVID-19 advice provides more information.
CO2 monitors have been provided to state-funded education settings, so staff can quickly identify where ventilation needs to be improved.
4. Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19
When an individual develops COVID-19 symptoms or has a positive test
Children, staff and other adults should follow guidance on People with COVID-19 and their contacts if they have COVID-19 symptoms.
Children and staff can return to your setting as soon as they can, in line with guidance for People with COVID-19 and their contacts.