This article has been brought to you by Slough Borough Council's Early Years and Prevention Service Lead, Michael Jarrett, for the attention of all Early Years settings including Childminders.
We would like to confirm there remains no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Slough however the council continues to plan for every eventuality.
The government has published advice for:
- Educational settings here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19
- Social care, community care and residential settings here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-social-or-community-care-and-residential-settings-on-covid-19/guidance-for-social-or-community-care-and-residential-settings-on-covid-19
There is also the main page for the public with the latest national information here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public and new pages on the NHS website for people to get more information about the illness here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
This includes information and common questions including what people should do if they have returned to the UK from an area of concern. Please feel free to pass on the links to public information to clients, customers, staff and members of the public accessing your services, school or setting.
There is a large amount of misinformation circulating on social media, including Facebook, twitter and WhatsApp.
If you receive any questions or become aware of your setting being mentioned on social media please immediately share the correct links with your clients / parents / customers to reassure them. Slough has had two incidents of this misinformation this week so please be proactive in your dealings with people on this issue to help prevent the spread of misinformation.
If for any reason your setting makes the decision to close – because of COVID-19 or any other reason – please let us know immediately. Any closure of any setting at this time would be concerning for residents and we need to be aware from the outset.
Thank you again and if you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the council coronavirus planning team on firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use this email address rather than any individual contacts you may have at the council so we can ensure we are capturing all local concerns and can get back to you as a matter of urgency.