Updated 18th March 2020
Every school holiday at Activ Camps we make safeguarding the health and wellbeing of your children our highest priority. We are therefore closely monitoring the developing situation surrounding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). As it stands, all our camps will be operational, and delivering a non stop fun Easter experience, from the 30th March – 17th of April.
Activ Camps has always had robust health and hygiene policies and procedures. Acting on the guidance of Public Health England (PHE) and the National Health Service (NHS), we will be putting in place a number of further measures to ensure the best possible protection and reassurance for you, your children and our staff. We understand that our Easter camps are still a few weeks away, so we will implement any new procedures deemed necessary by Public Health England or the NHS at short notice if required.
In addition, in the unfortunate event that we have to cancel a camp, we will ensure a refund is processed for you as soon as possible. Therefore, there’s no reason to hesitate or hold back on booking in for the Easter holidays. See our terms here.
What are we putting in place?
Catch It, Bin It, Kill It.
We are firmly committed to the practice of the NHS and PHE campaign of Catch it, Bin it, Kill it. Staff will be trained on this in the lead up to the Easter holidays and children will be briefed daily on the importance of maintaining the procedure throughout their days on camp.
There will be increased access to clean tissues, hygienic bins, soap, hand sanitizers and visual displays and reminders.
We have always, and will continue to recognise, the importance of handwashing at Activ Camps, although we may not all sing Happy Birthday as we do it.
We will ensure hand washing at regular intervals throughout the day, implementing new checklists for Group Leaders and staff to complete. This includes making sure children are using soap and water for the minimum 20 seconds as recommended by PHE. Increasing the availability of hand washing facilities and reminders from staff and appropriate signage will ensure this is continued.
Signs & Symptoms
We will continuously monitor for signs & symptoms of Coronavirus. If any child or staff member shows any signs of Coronavirus, we will immediately contact the NHS 111 helpline for advice, taking steps to limit contact with others whilst ensuring their wellbeing and enjoyment.
We will educate our staff in being able to identify the main signs and symptoms.
Staff Training & Monitoring
All staff will complete training specific to all aspects of this topic prior to working with us this Easter. They will be regularly reminded of their duties by Site Managers and head Office staff, with daily checklists to be completed to ensure that Activ Camps as a whole, and our staff as individuals, are going above and beyond in the interest of public health.
Limiting Equipment Rotation
Historically, Activ Camps has rotated equipment between venues daily to provide children a new giant inflatable and certain other activities each day. In this current climate we will be limiting this movement so that in the unfortunate and unlikely event that germs are transferred to equipment it will not be transferred to a new venue.
Disinfecting of Equipment
We always ensure that our equipment is clean and in great condition however we will now be implementing timetables for the cleaning of kit and equipment whilst the camps are in operation.
What can you do to help?
We are committed to safeguarding children using these best practices and we expect parents/carers to keep to these as well.
We ask parents & carers with children displaying symptoms of cough, cold or fever to not bring their child to camp and follow the latest government guidance for keeping your children at home. In reference to the latest government guidance, please also follow the new guidelines on keeping your children at home if someone in your household has displayed coronavirus symptoms, or, if your children have come into contact with an individual who has a confirmed case of COVID-19.
If any child displays these symptoms whilst on camp they will need to be collected as soon as possible. In this case we will offer you credit to book another time (contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on this).
We also kindly ask anyone who has recently traveled to view this link: specified countries and areas with implications for returning travellers or visitors arriving in the UK. If you or anyone in your community has traveled to one of these zones, please adhere to the PHE advice included on the link.
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